Simone Schwarz-Bart

(1938 / Saintes, Charente-Maritime)

Simone Schwarz-Bart Quotes

  • ''No matter how heavy a woman's breasts are, her chest is always strong enough to carry them.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 25, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
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  • ''There is the churning and the boiling of the sea, and the foam on top of it and that is what man is, churning and foam together.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 156, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''She also knew old slave songs and I wondered why, when she hummed them, grandmother braided my hair even more softly, as if her fingers became liquid with pity.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 52, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''Every day you must arise and say to your heart, 'I have suffered enough and now I must live because the light of the sun must not be wasted, it must not be lost without an eye to appreciate it'.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 175, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''When a leaf falls in a puddle, it does not rot on the very same day it falls.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 26, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''The woman who has laughed is the same one who will cry, and that is why you can tell, from the way a woman is when she is happy how she will be in the face of adversity.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 153, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''... though we are nothing on this earth, I can tell you one thing: as beautiful as all sounds are, only Negroes are musicians.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 180, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 81, Éditions du Seuil.
  • ''Sun up, sun down, the days slip by and the sand lifted by the breeze will swallow my ship; but I will die here, as I am, standing in my little garden. What joy!''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 249, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''Insanity is a contagious disease, so my healing belonged to everyone, and my victory was proof that the Negro has seven spleens and does not just give up like that, at the first sign of trouble.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 169, Éditions du Seuil (1972).

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