Congo Quotes

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Barbara Kingsolver
“We came from Bethlehem, Georgia bearing Betty Crocker cake mixes into the jungle.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Lisa J. Shannon
“I don't know how to stop the atrocities. I don't know how to make people care. But looking into my sister's eyes, we seem to have carved out something between us that none of the madness can touch. Invisible threads.”
Lisa Shannon, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Adam Hochschild
“Most striking about the traditional societies of the Congo was their remarkable artwork: baskets, mats, pottery, copper and ironwork, and, above all, woodcarving. It would be two decades before Europeans really noticed this art. Its discovery then had a strong influence on Braque, Matisse, and Picasso -- who subsequently kept African art objects in his studio until his death. Cubism was new only for Europeans, for it was partly inspired by specific pieces of African art, some of them from the Pende and Songye peoples, who live in the basin of the Kasai River, one of the Congo's major tributaries.

It was easy to see the distinctive brilliance that so entranced Picasso and his colleagues at their first encounter with this art at an exhibit in Paris in 1907. In these central African sculptures some body parts are exaggerated, some shrunken; eyes project, cheeks sink, mouths disappear, torsos become elongated; eye sockets expand to cover almost the entire face; the human face and figure are broken apart and formed again in new ways and proportions that had previously lain beyond sight of traditional European realism.

The art sprang from cultures that had, among other things, a looser sense than Islam or Christianity of the boundaries between our world and the next, as well as those between the world of humans and the world of beasts. Among the Bolia people of the Congo, for example, a king was chosen by a council of elders; by ancestors, who appeared to him in a dream; and finally by wild animals, who signaled their assent by roaring during a night when the royal candidate was left at a particular spot in the rain forest. Perhaps it was the fluidity of these boundaries that granted central Africa's artists a freedom those in Europe had not yet discovered. ”
Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost

“I'm not interested in whether I'm better than you; only whether I'm better than yesterday.”
Mike Ormsby, Child Witch Kinshasa

Tim Butcher
“In six harrowing weeks of travel I felt I had touched the heart of Africa and found it broken.”
Tim Butcher, Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

Jason Stearns
“As so often happens in politics, what appears to be politically expedient for those in power rarely overlaps with the public interest. The lesser evils of the regime become entrenched, while the greater good is never realized.”
Jason Stearns, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

Patrice Lumumba
“Neither cruelty, nor violence, nor torture will make me beg for mercy, because I prefer to die with my head raised high, with unshakeable faith... In my country’s predestination rather than live in submission forsaking my sacred principles.”
Patrice Lumumba, Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961

Patrice Lumumba
“My dear countrymen! In joy and in sorrow I will always be with you. It is together with you that I fought to free my country from foreign rule. Together with you I am fighting to strengthen our national independence. Together with you, I will fight to preserve the integrity and national unity of the Republic of the Congo.”
Patrice Lumumba, Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961

Patrice Lumumba
“I know that an overwhelming majority of the Belgian people are against the oppression of Africans. They disapprove of a colonial status for the Congo under which 14 million Congolese are exposed to the diktat of a tiny economic oligarchy. If the Belgian people were to have their say, the Congo would never have experienced the misfortunes which are affecting it now.”
Patrice Lumumba, Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961

Patrice Lumumba
“Our dearest wish perhaps, some may find it utopian is to found in the Congo a Nation in which differences of race and religion will melt away, a homogeneous society composed of Belgians and Congolese who with a single impulse will link their hearts to the destinies of the country.”
Patrice Lumumba, Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961

Patrice Lumumba
“All together, dear brothers and sisters, workers and government employees, workers by brain and by hand, rich and poor, Africans and Europeans, Catholics and Protestants, Kimbanguists and Kitawalists, let us unite and create a great nation.”
Patrice Lumumba, Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961

Moïse Tshombe
“I never liked luxury, but I grew up in an environment of businessmen, in an environment where I had to sell goods, so I had to emit the quality of those goods.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“The future structure of Congo must be federal for us.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“Since we have no confidence in the government that has just been formed in Leopoldville and is led by Mister Lumumba, we have decided to declare Katanga Independent.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“I doubt that there are no Communists in the US State Department, I wonder, I don't understand that the Americans go along with the Russians and then say they voted reluctantly, so to speak.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“I must return to Katanga because it is my responsibility to help the Katangese peoples.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“I've been living outside of the Congo for a year now. And I have often made it known that I wanted to return to Congo when the time was right. I remain convinced that there is general reconciliation possible between all Congolese and that this is the only absolute condition to get this country out of the misery and anarchy.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“There's no need for an attack i just need to get hold of Stanleyville again. You'll see I'll be back in Control of Satnleyville in a few days.”
Moïse Tshombe

Moïse Tshombe
“It was a measure that brought salvation, if General Mobutu had not done so, I and some members of my party would no longer be alive.”
Moïse Tshombe

“I knew the sounds of war before I knew how to do a cartwheel.”
Sandra Uwiringiyimana, How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Leopold II
“The terms of the treaties Stanley has made with native chiefs do not satisfy me. There must at least be an added article to the effect that they delegate to us their sovereign rights, the treaties must be as brief as possible and in a couple of articles must grant us everything.”
Leopold II

Leopold II
“You should purchase as much land as you will be able to obtain without losing one minute from all the chiefs from the mouth of the Congo to Stanley falls, i will send you more people and raw materials, and perhaps Chinese couriers.”
Leopold II

Leopold II
“The Congo state is certainly not a business, if it gathers ivory on some of it's lands, that is only to lessen its deficits.”
Leopold II

Leopold II
“In dealing with a race composed of cannibals for thousands of years, it is necessary to use methods which will best shape their idleness, and make them realize the sanctity of work.”
Leopold II

Leopold II
“I believe we must set up three children's colonies, the aim of these colonies is above all to furnish us with soldiers.”
Leopold II

Leopold II
“I will give them my Congo, but they have no right to know what i did there.”
Leopold II

Henry M. Stanley
“The barge was an invention of my own. It was 40 feet long, 6 feet beam, and 30 inches deep, of Spanish cedar 3/8 inches thick.”
Henry M. Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. 1

Henry M. Stanley
“I was received with an overwhelming display of military and civilian tributes, all the way to the royal palace where I was to stay, troops were lined up behind which enthusiastic people were chanting their viva, it seemed to me that a major change had come in the Belgian public opinion on the importance of the Congo, when I first went there, the Belgian newspapers spouted nothing but criticism, they were completely dumbfounded, the king was recognized as the great benefactor of the nation.”
Henry M. Stanley

Henry M. Stanley
“We have attacked and destroyed 28 large towns, and 3 or 4 score villages”
Henry M. Stanley

Richard Francis Burton
“Stanley shoots negroes as if they where monkeys.”
Richard Francis Burton

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