Quotations About / On: AFRICA

  • 1.
    Africa has her mouth on Moses.
    (Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Author's note, from Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 8.)
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  • 2.
    There is always something new out of Africa.
    (Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 8, sct. 17. Greek proverb quoted by Pliny; Out of Africa was the English title for Isak Dineson's 1937 account of her years in Kenya, filmed in 1985.)
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  • 3.
    America is not civil, whilst Africa is barbarous.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903). Edward Emerson notes that "Boston Hymn" sings a similar sentiment. Emerson is not commenting on the nature of African civilization, but noting the barbarity of the slave trade on its shores.)
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  • 4.
    I note that the Africa loves to depict the grace of reptiles.
    (Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Mother Catherine.)
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  • 5.
    Weak, tea-drinking, effeminate, ineffectual—masters of India, robbers of South Africa, bedevillers of all Europe.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. James Quick, in For Love Alone, ch. 30 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
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  • 6.
    In Africa I had indeed found a sufficiently frightful kind of loneliness but the isolation of this American ant heap was even more shattering.
    (Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 179 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).)
  • 7.
    Brazil is bigger than Europe, wilder than Africa, and weirder than Baffin Land.
    (Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Letter, December 1948, to Henry Miller. The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-80 (1988).)
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  • 8.
    In Africa, there is much confusion.... Before, there was no radio, or other forms of communication.... Now, in Africa ... the government talks, people talk, the police talk, the people don't know anymore. They aren't free.
    (Youssou N'Dour (b. 1959), Senegalese musician. Interview in Africa Beat (London, Summer 1987).)
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  • 9.
    I have a fair amount of faith that women won't sit back and allow South Africa to become a totally male-dominated new society. The women in South Africa have shown that they are strong, and I think they will make their voices heard.
    (Paula Hathorn (b. c. 1962), White South African anti-apartheid and anti-conscription activist. As quoted in Lives of Courage, ch. 11, by Diana E. H. Russell (1989). Said in a 1987 interview.)
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  • 10.
    If a white person visits Africa, the black children run after him or her; trying to touch him or her. On the other hand, if a black person travels back to this white person's country, no white children come out running after him or her. Why is it so? This is something that we have to chew on and learn from; for the wisdom od nature.

    By Edward Kofi Louis.
    (Experience.)
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