A Quote by Isak Dinesen on isak dinesen, karen blixen, africa, kenya, famous first lines, and farm

I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills...

Isak Dinesen

Source: Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by unknown on africa, life, and death

Before I was born, I lived in my mother's belly and I was very secure and happy there.  I had everything I could possibly want.  Then one day I was pushed through a doorway into a strange world of noise and confusion.  I was angry at first, but soon learned to love being a child.  But no sooner was I enjoying myself and perfectly happy to stay a child forever, than I was pushed through another doorway into a strange world where I had responsibilities, and wives, and work.  But I loved my family, and I would have been happy to stay that way forever, but the years passed, and I was shoved through another door and became and elder, and now I have arrived at the end of that life also.  You ask me if I am afraid of what happens next and I tell you:  'I have learned to understand that what is before me is just another doorway, and I am ready.'


Source: Faces of Africa, by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

Contributed by: Paula

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on authenticity, africa, ego, social nous, and theater

I grew up in a world that regarded authenticity as something deep within one's soul-- governed by one's conscience and measured against one's true nature. A question of being true to oneself. Of avoiding artifice. Kuranko do not fetishize the ego as we do, but emphasize a person's social nous. As such, authenticity is consummated in the way one realizes one's given destiny or plays one's social role. The name of the game is not self-knowledge, but knowing one's place and making the most of it. Fot this reason implies theatricality implies something very different from acting out. rather than spontaneously giving vent to one's feelings, one learns to perform the gestures and emotions appropriate to one's role.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 137

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on abstraction, evil, africa, sierra leone, and where most evil begins

This extravagant dwelling, as domineering as it was distant, brought home to me the intimateconnection between tyranny and abstraction, and put me in mind of John Berger's observation that "abstraction's capacity to ignore what is real is undoubtedly where most evil begins."

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on initiation, democracy in africa, africa, west africa, sierra leone, identity, values, and manhood

If S.B. sometimes railed against Western customs, treating democracy as if it was a euphemism for bad faith, red tape, and diplomatic evasiveness, this was not because he put himself above the lway, ready to waive constitutional procedures, or ignore the views of others. It simply reflected his impatience with indecisiveness, and his aristocratic heritage. It was his pride in this heritage that led him, as an eleven year old boy to stand up to Mr. Vincent's disparaging conflation of Kuranko and savages. To be Kuranko was, as his father had told him, the only conceivable way of being a man. But when S. B. invoked Kuranko-ness, it was not some form of tribalism that he had in mind, but the values he held dear-- not only forthrightness, stoicism, hard work, and self-reliance, but also honesty, generosit, and fidelity to one's principles. Pertinently, it was S. B. many years ago, who provided me with a not implausible etymology for the word Kuranko. "It iwas from the kure tree," he said, "whose wood is very hard."Thus, to say kure n'ko is to imply that the speaker is tough-minded, able to withstand all kinds of hardships, and persevere, like the kure tree.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 99-100

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on africa, success, community, class, politicians, sierra leone, and west africa

"In Africa," S. B. once remarked, "if you do well, people close to you will hate you."

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 97

Contributed by: jess

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