Hannington Mumo Quotes
''Life is for living, not for taking care of for no mortal can guarantee its continuity.''Those who fear taking risks.
''It's scary how some unambitious men choose a life of comfortable waiting for death while manlier swines shake the pillars of the space.''Lack of ambition.
''The problem with being a gifted writer in Kenya is that you have many half-schooled editors who have no taste for literary works, and will hence have problems having your works published. I don't write to meet the wizened expectations of a Moi University graduate in Information Science, folks who cannot recall anything worth reading they've ever read. An editor should be a literary enthusiast, if not a writer themselves.''Lack of worthy publishing houses in Kenya...
''Ignorance, just like genius, is a powerful thing - it can level mountains!''Of ignorant folks all over the place...
''It is naked folly to compete with giants before you have even wrestled squirrels.''Of Lilliputian nincompoops all over the place...
''The expansiveness of one's fortunes means little to their happiness.The decision to be a happy person is the greatest determination in the life of man here on earth.''The need for happiness in life...
''The things African editors publish as poetry are commonplace disjointed prosaic sentences that have no poetic distinction. How a self-confessed lifelong metrophobe becomes a poetry editor at some godforsaken publishing house in the city is a miracle possible only in Africa. God have mercy upon our barren literary wombs!''The literary aridity that has continued to terrorize Africa as a continent...
''Calling a dog a lion does not giveHypocrisy
him the mane.''
''The poet writes not to be lauded but to achieve something that they are not even themselves sure of. Perhaps that is their only reward.''Poetry.
''And you can never learn how to swim by watching others do it - you plunge into the waters!''Learning anything new...
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Keep On Keeping On!
You may rest a while if the going be tough,
Take a breath when the terrain is rough;
Let the oars have a respite
And rower enjoy a bite;
But the journey must anon continue,
For time has taught that the motions of the brave,
According to the decrees the Almighty gave,
Shall forever subdue the earth;
And a man's toils shall bring him mirth.
Withdraw your ear from cynics and naysayers
Who affirm that yes they can't;
Keep the company of them that try;
And rejoice in the fold of sons of hope;
Remember that it's not a crime to let a cry
In The City
Writhing out of an empty tummy
I jump out of bed to journey,
Inspired by the tic-tac of the clock
That starts to fade as I walk.
The day presents no fortune at all,
The Indian tells me business that continues to fall
And that I should try the following day;
Perhaps luck might come my way.