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Quotations From JACQUES ROUMAIN

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  • 1.
    You cannot eat a cluster of grapes at once, but it is very easy if you eat them one by one.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 126, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946). Popular Haitian saying.
  • 2.
    As they say, when a man begins to have bad luck, even clabber can break his head.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 109, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946). Popular Haitian saying.
  • 3.
    Peasants are a rude lot, and hard: life has hardened their hearts, but they are thick and awkward only in appearance; you have to know them. No one is more sensitive to what gives man the right to call himself a man: good-heartedness, bravery and virile brotherhood.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 185, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

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  • 4.
    Manuel showed her his open hand: "Look at this finger, how meager it seems, and this one even weaker, and this other one no stronger, and this one all by himself and on his own."
    Then he made a fist: "But now, is it strong enough, big enough, solid enough? It seems so doesn't it?"
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author,ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Manuel in Masters of the Dew, p. 86, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).
  • 5.
    I don't want to listen; your words sound like the truth but the truth is probably a sin.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Délira in Masters of the Dew, p. 36, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

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  • 6.
    Misfortune is never invited. And it comes and sits at the table without permission and it eats, leaving nothing but bones.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Antoine in Masters of the Dew, p. 166, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).
  • 7.
    And at dawn, the drums still beat on the sleepless plain like an unstoppable heart.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 67, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

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  • 8.
    Experience is the cane of the blind.
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 83, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946). Popular Haitian saying.
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