Culture Identity Quotes

Quotes tagged as "culture-identity" (showing 1-30 of 49)
Trevor Noah
“Nelson Mandela once said, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, 'I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Wilma Mankiller
“A significant number of people believe tribal people still live and dress as they did 300 years ago. During my tenure as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, national news agencies requesting interviews sometimes asked if they could film a tribal dance or if I would wear traditional tribal clothing for the interview. I doubt they asked the president of the United States to dress like a pilgrim for an interview.”
Wilma Mankiller

Lorin Morgan-Richards
“We are free falling backward through time, reincarnating ourselves from our past, reflecting the chaotic energy of the present.”
Lorin Morgan-Richards

Maxine Hong Kingston
“Those of us in the first American generations have had to figure out how the invisible world the emigrants built around our childhoods fits in solid America.”
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

E.A. Bucchianeri
“All trademarks, company names, registered names, products, characters, mottos, logos, jingles and catchphrases used or cited in this work are the property of their respective owners and have only been mentioned and or used as cultural references to enhance the narrative and in no way were used to disparage or harm the owners and their companies. It is the author's sincerest wish the owners of the cited trademarks, company names, etc. appreciate the success they have achieved in making their products household names and appreciate the free plug.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

“Civilization could not exist without tremors of desire and without the counteracting, negation force of disciplined denial. Nor would the gyratory pulsations of a lively civilization exist devoid of the convulsive chemistry of union and repellency. We are born with a desire to be immortal. Cursed with the knowledge that we must die, people live their orthodox lives out by displaying reckless abandon as to the outcome of human life or nervously hounded by utter despondency nipping their heels. How we resolve this decidedly human complex of carrying out our daily lives while burden by our inescapable mortality determines our essential character. The collation of similar values adopted by our community determines who we are as a people.”
Kilroy J. Oldster

Aby Warburg
“The few weeks I have had at my disposal have not given me the chance to revive and to work through my old memories in such a way that I might offer you a solid introduction into the psychic life of Indians.”
Aby Warburg, Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America

D.H. Lawrence
“One wonders what the proper high-brow Romans ... read into the strange utterances of Lucretius or Apuleius or Tertullian, Augustine or Athanasius. The uncanny voice of Iberian Spain, the weirdness of old Carthage, the passion of Libya and North Africa.”
D.H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature

Phil Mitchell
“If America is to be strong in the future, Americans must see America as home, not divided by race or region. Build American jobs for the future and come together with compassion to solve problems.”
Phil Mitchell, A Bright New Morning: An American Story

Elizabeth Gilbert
“It's also important to read the newspaper every day to see how the pope is doing. Here in Rome, the pope's health is recorded daily in the newspaper, very much like weather, or the TV schedule. Today the pope is tired. Yesterday, the pope was less tired than he is today. Tomorrow, we expect that the pope will not be so tired as he was today.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“We are governed not by armies and police but by ideas.”
Mona Caird

Eowyn Ivey
“So I guess I wonder, where is the line separating me into this culture or that culture, saying I have less or more? I'm just me, and like most people, I've had my heart broken a few times, but for the most part I have been Happy.”
Eowyn Ivey, To The Bright Edge of the World

“It’s the lifestyle that’s being packaged and sold rather than the actual meaning.”
Rain Cooper

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The uniqueness of different colours represents the uniqueness of individuals!”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Imbolo Mbue
“Germany was his favorite place to live, he said, because, even as a child, he could tell how much the Germans loved Americans, and it felt great to be loved for his nationality.”
Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers

Lorin Morgan-Richards
“We should feel empowered by where we came from and who we are, not hide it. It is important to acknowledge that everything we do affects our ancestors as much as they have affected us.”
Lorin Morgan-Richards

“A great deal of the global stimuli that we view comes to us without major effort. Daily a person scans and screens a wide barrage of solicited and unsolicited material. What information a society pays attention to creates the standards and principles governing citizens’ life. A nation’s discourse translates its economic, social, and cultural values to impressionable children.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“We are each a product of our biological endowments, culture, and personal history. Culture ideology and cultural events along with transmitted cultural practices influences each of us. We are each the product of our collective interchanges. Our county’s domestic and interlinked international conflicts fuse us together. We are each a molecule in the helix of human consciousness joined in a physical world. We form a coil of connective tissue soldered together by cultural links.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“We build a self-image from stored memories including a swarm of physical and social interactions, evocative emotions, and other associative experiences. Selfhood also comes from the language, symbols, and artifacts, which potent combinations create cultural beliefs. We build a self upon real as well as imaginary experiences. A person’s rational and irrational beliefs forge a sense of self. The books that we read, the music we listen to, the films we watch, and what church or other social gatherings we attend constitute meaningful activities that congeal and work together to shape our sense of identity. Cultural determinants drive how we work, play, worship, and raise our children. Culture has its own sources of reinforcement that can influence members of society to adopt an interdependent, communal sense of self, or an independent, individualistic sense of self. Culture is not fate, but none of us is immune from the great octopus of culture; its tentacles touch us every direction that we turn. Our self-identity is subtlety influenced by the prevailing political-social culture as well as affected by our perceived social status, economic or otherwise.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Eowyn Ivey
“There are so man other labels people like to assign. Where am I an insider, and where am I an outsider? It all depends on where I'm standing and who is trying to put me into which box.”
Eowyn Ivey, To The Bright Edge of the World

Georges Haldas
“On dit père grec, mère suisse-française... On me demande, mais alors, quelle est votre patrie? Je dis que je ne suis ni tout à fait d'ici, ni tout à fait de là-bas. Ma patrie, c'est la relation. La relation est une réalité vitale. Parce qu'elle porte en elle le sens de l'autre. Pour la vie personnelle, et pour la vie collective - surtout aujourd'hui où les mentalités à cause des rapidités de communications coexistent -, si on n'a pas le sens de l'autre on a de la peine à vivre. (Le Temps, 17 Août 2007)”
Georges Haldas

John Steinbeck
“It seems to us that one of the deepest divisions between the Russians and the Americans or British, is in their feeling toward their governments. The Russians are taught, and trained, and encouraged to believe that their government is good, that every part of it is good, and that their job is to carry it forward, to back it up in all ways. On the other hand, the deep emotional feeling among Americans and British is that all government is somehow dangerous, that there should be as little government as possible, that any increase in the power of government is bad, and that existing government must be watched constantly, watched and criticized to keep it sharp and on its toes.”
John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal

Angela Nicoara
“We’re all human, we should be respectful of others, and tolerant with each other. This matters more than whether we eat the same food or speak the same language. The skin colour does not make us different. It’s easier to be with people that are different to you but have the same values than to be with people who appear similar to you but have different values.” Sophie”
Angela Nicoara, Loving an Alien

Faiqa Mansab
“I had never said those words because there were no words left. My beloved and I were both exiles from language. Our love couldn't be expressed in words. Our love had been woven into the melodies rendered by his flute, and it was subsumed in the atoms of the air we breathed. It had been consecrated in this shrine. It had never been named. It was an unnamed thing that had remained unspoken, unuttered, unsaid. I did not need to name it when he could already hear it.”
Faiqa Mansab, THIS House of Clay and Water

Margarita Engle
“At the steamy train station
in New Orleans, horrifying signs
above drinking fountains
announce:
COLORED.
WHITE.

Confused, I drink out of both.
Why should it matter if a stream
of coo, refreshing water
pours
into
my
mouth
or
another?”
Margarita Engle, Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“We are nothing but bricks from our cultural molds”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Book of Wisdom

Björn Larsson
“Ebrei, Rom e Celti hanno una cosa in comune: la loro cultura è sopravvissuta per migliaia di anni senza mai avere confini nazionali da difendere o dietro cui proteggersi.”
Björn Larsson, Diario di bordo di uno scrittore

T.J. Kirk
“I want to be an individual, with my own drives, and convictions, and principles, not just a cultural unit, not just a series of superficial identity categorizations.”
T.J. Kirk

“To be a woman is to be more than our parts.
It is to be more than the length of our lashes or the plumpness and color of our lips.”
Leah Darrow, The Other Side of Beauty: Embracing God's Vision for Love and True Worth

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