Famine Quotes

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“People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

George R.R. Martin
“War seems like a fine adventure, the greatest most of them will ever know. Then they get a taste of battle.

For some, that one taste is enough to break them. Others go on for years, until they lose count of all the battles they have fought in, but even a man who has survived a hundred fights can break in his hundred-and-first. Brothers watch their brothers die, fathers lose their sons, friends see their friends trying to hold their entrails in after they’ve been gutted by an axe.

They see the lord who led them there cut down, and some other lord shouts that they are his now, They take the wound, and when that’s still half-healed they take another. There is never enough to eat, their shoes fall to pieces from marching, their clothes are torn and rotting, and half of them are shitting in their breeches from drinking bad water.

If they want new boots or a warmer cloak or maybe a rusted iron half helm, they need to take them from a corpse, and before long they are stealing from the living too, from the small folk whose land they’re fighting in, men very like the men they used to be. They slaughter their sheep and steal their chickens, and from there it’s just a short step to carrying off their daughters too. And one day they look around and realize all their friends and kin are gone, that they are fighting beside strangers beneath a banner that they hardly recognize. They don’t know where they are or how to get back home and the lord they’re fighting for does not know their names, yet here he comes, shouting for them to form up, to make a line with their spears and scythes and sharpened hoes, to stand their ground. And the knights come down on them, faceless men clad in all steel, and the iron thunder of their charge seems to fill the world.

And the man breaks.”
George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Criss Jami
“Feel what it's like to truly starve, and I guarantee that you'll forever think twice before wasting food.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Kamand Kojouri
“They want us to be afraid.
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
They want us to barricade our doors
and hide our children.
Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
They want us to hate.
They want us to hate 'the other'.
They want us to practice aggression
and perfect antagonism.
Their aim is to divide us all!
They want us to be inhuman.
They want us to throw out our kindness.
They want us to bury our love
and burn our hope.
Their aim is to take all our light!
They think their bricked walls
will separate us.
They think their damned bombs
will defeat us.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that my soul and your soul are old friends.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that when they cut you I bleed.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that we will never be afraid,
we will never hate
and we will never be silent
for life is ours!”
Kamand Kojouri

Neil Gaiman
“CHOW^TM contained spun, plaited, and woven protein molecules, capped and coded, carefully designed to be ignored by even the most ravenous digestive tract enzymes; no-cal sweeteners; mineral oils replacing vegetable oils; fibrous materials, colorings, and flavorings. The end result was a foodstuff almost indistinguishable from any other except for two things. Firstly, the price, which was slightly higher, and secondly, the nutritional content, which was roughly equivalent to that of a Sony Walkman.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Robert G. Ingersoll
“I do not see how it is possible for a man to die worth fifty million of dollars, or ten million of dollars, in a city full of want, when he meets almost every day the withered hand of beggary and the white lips of famine. How a man can withstand all that, and hold in the clutch of his greed twenty or thirty million of dollars, is past my comprehension. I do not see how he can do it. I should not think he could do it any more than he could keep a pile of lumber on the beach, where hundreds and thousands of men were drowning in the sea.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Michael Dorris
“Here are two facts that should not both be true:
- There is sufficient food produced in the world every year to feed every human being on the planet.
- Nearly 800 million people literally go hungry every day, with more than a third of the earth's population -- 2 billion men and women -- malnourished one way or another, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.”
Michael Dorris, Rooms in the House of Stone: The "Thistle" Series of Essays

Bill Mollison
“. . . every society that grows extensive lawns could produce all its food on the same area, using the same resources, and . . . world famine could be totally relieved if we devoted the same resources of lawn culture to food culture in poor areas. These facts are before us. Thus, we can look at lawns, like double garages and large guard dogs, [and Humvees and SUVs] as a badge of willful waste, conspicuous consumption, and lack of care for the earth or its people.

Most lawns are purely cosmetic in function. Thus, affluent societies have, all unnoticed, developed an agriculture which produces a polluted waste product, in the presence of famine and erosion elsewhere, and the threat of water shortages at home.

The lawn has become the curse of modern town landscapes as sugar cane is the curse of the lowland coastal tropics, and cattle the curse of the semi-arid and arid rangelands.

It is past time to tax lawns (or any wasteful consumption), and to devote that tax to third world relief. I would suggest a tax of $5 per square metre for both public and private lawns, updated annually, until all but useful lawns are eliminated.”
Bill Mollison

Christopher Hitchens
“Nobody knows how many North Koreans have died or are dying in the famine—some estimates by foreign-aid groups run as high as three million in the period from 1995 to 1998 alone—but the rotund, jowly face of Kim Il Sung still beams down contentedly from every wall, and the 58-year-old son looks as chubby as ever, even as his slenderized subjects are mustered to applaud him.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

“Famine was the mark of a maturing agricultural society, the very badge of civilization.”
Richard Manning, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization

Arundhati Roy
“She viewed ethnic cleansing, famine and genocide as direct threats to her furniture.”
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Sukanta Bhattacharya
“তবুও নিশ্চিত উপবাস
আমার মনের প্রান্তে নিয়ত ছড়ায় দীর্ঘশ্বাস-
আমি এক দুর্ভিক্ষের কবি,
প্রত্যহ দুঃস্বপ্ন দেখি, মৃত্যুর সুস্পষ্ট প্রতিচ্ছবি!”
Sukanta Bhattacharya, ছাড়পত্র

Edward Rutherfurd
“True the greater part of the Irish people was close to starvation. The numbers of weakened people dying from disease were rising. So few potatoes had been planted that, even if they escaped bight, they would not be enough to feed the poor folk who relied upon them. More and more of those small tenants and cottagers, besides, were being forced off the land and into a condition of helpless destitution. Ireland, that is to say, was a country utterly prostrated.
Yet the Famine came to an end. And how was this wonderful thing accomplished? Why, in the simplest way imaginable. The famine was legislated out of existence. It had to be. The Whigs were facing a General Election.”
Edward Rutherfurd, The Rebels of Ireland

Edward Rutherfurd
“For the increase in the number of my Brennan cousins," Conall remarked dryly, "we must thank the potato.”
Edward Rutherfurd, The Rebels of Ireland

Sharman Apt Russell
“In famine, a focus on women and children highlights biology: here is a mother who cannot feed her child, a breakdown in the natural order of life. This focus obscures who and what is to blame for the famine, politically and economically, and can lead to the belief that a biological response, more food, will solve the problem.”
Sharman Apt Russell, Hunger: An Unnatural History

“I died last night. Seventy years too young.”
Colin Thompson

Christopher Hitchens
“A local phrase book, entitled Speak in Korean, has the following handy expressions. In the section 'On the Way to the Hotel': 'Let's Mutilate US Imperialism!' In the section 'Word Order': 'Yankees are wolves in human shape—Yankees / in human shape / wolves / are.' In the section 'Farewell Talk': 'The US Imperialists are the sworn enemy of the Korean people.' Not that the book is all like this—the section 'At the Hospital' has the term solsaga ('I have loose bowels'), and the section 'Our Foreign Friends Say' contains the Korean for 'President Kim Il Sung is the sun of mankind.'

I wanted a spare copy of this phrase book to give to a friend, but found it was hard to come by. Perhaps this was a sign of a new rapprochement with the United States, or perhaps it was because, on page 46, in the section on the seasons, appear the words: haemada pungnyoni dumnida ('We have a bumper harvest every year').”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Christopher Hitchens
“North Korea is a famine state. In the fields, you can see people picking up loose grains of rice and kernels of corn, gleaning every scrap. They look pinched and exhausted. In the few, dingy restaurants in the city, and even in the few modern hotels, you can read the Pyongyang Times through the soup, or the tea, or the coffee. Morsels of inexplicable fat or gristle are served as 'duck.' One evening I gave in and tried a bowl of dog stew, which at least tasted hearty and spicy—they wouldn't tell me the breed—but then found my appetite crucially diminished by the realization that I hadn't seen a domestic animal, not even the merest cat, in the whole time I was there.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Terry Pratchett
“Historians have pointed out that it is in times of plenty that people feel like going to war. In times of famine they're simply trying to find enough to eat. When they've just enough to go round they tend to be polite. But when a banquet is spread before them, it's time to argue over the place settings.”
Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

Erin Bow
“Behjet eased the horse forward again. "The harvest is failing. There will be no crop at all if this rain doesn't stop - not even hay."
The rain. The rain she'd been so grateful for, the rain that concealed the warping of her shadow. It was going to kill people.”
Erin Bow, Plain Kate

Eric H. Cline
“But what factor, or combination of factors, may have caused the famine(s) in the Eastern Mediterranean during these decades remains uncertain. Elements that might be considered include war and plagues of insects, but climate change accompanied by drought is more likely to have turned a once-verdant land into an arid semidesert.”
Eric H. Cline, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

“People are dying of starvation and famine.
And you have a MASSERATTI!”
Anthony T. Hincks

Henry David Thoreau
“Bankruptcy and repudiation are the spring-boards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersets, but the savage stands on the unelastic plank of famine”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“______The Flood of Promises______
Before the dam, the river flowed mighty along the river's course. When it rained the river would flood and the waters would rise traveling down stream and empty out into the ocean.
Then came the proposal, "We should dam the river and use the water to irrigate & to provide water for our people, and generate power to run our machines," they said.
The promises came like the rains and flooded people's senses. They were over whelmed.
The neighbors, too, were happy for they believed the promises to be true and in their best interests.
And so, as the dam was being built, people rejoiced in the word, 'dam', and they danced & shouted with joy for no more would their fields flood in the winter because the water would be stored safely up stream.
Even when the dam was finished, the promises flowed as the water had once done in the almighty river. It was a mighty flood of words and the people still believed in their content.
And then the drought came.
And slowly, but surely the once great mighty river's waters slowed and shrank.
Still people were not worried because our neighbors would not break their promise.
"They promised," they said and so they believed.
Finally, the river dried up, their crops failed, and the farmers left their lands and headed to the coastal cities in search of a better life.
Famine and disease came to those communities down stream, but they still believed in the promises that said that the water in the mighty river would once again return to replenish their lands.
They did not.
But, for their neighbors, they rejoiced in the abundance of water because they could water their crops, tend their herds, feed their people and most importantly of all, power their machines.
Their leaders had looked after their own salvation once again.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“If we could change just one thing in time, what would we change?

WARS, so that we could learn by our mistakes?
FAMINE, so that we could feed the world's populace?
DISEASE, so that we would never have any sick?
POLLUTION, so that we would live in a pristine environment?
GREED, so that we all learn that life isn't all about money?
OLD AGE, so that we could all live forever?
LOVE, so that we could all live in peace and harmony?
BEING ALONE, so that we would never-ever be alone throughout life?
MAN'S APATHY, so that he would truly understand what it's all about?

The choice is hard, because no matter where we start, we will always leave out someone and something.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Shenita Etwaroo
“We need to do some serious transformative work to our social paradigm. Instead of a ‘me’ culture, this needs to be a ‘we’ culture—that’s when we’ll be able to work together to put an end to these global crises of famine, climate change, and so forth.”
-Shenita Etwaroo”
Shenita Etwaroo

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Every tongue has low standards during starvation.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Charles Dickens
“Villain Foulon taken, my sister! Old Foulon taken, my mother! Miscreant Foulon taken, my daughter! Then, a score of others ran into the midst of these, beating their breasts, tearing their hair, and screaming, Foulon alive! Foulon who told the starving people they might eat grass! Foulon who told my old father that he might eat grass, when I had no bread to give him! Foulon who told my baby it might suck grass, when these breasts were dry with want! O mother of God, this Foulon! O Heaven our suffering! Hear me, my dead baby and my withered father: I swear on my knees, on these stones, to avenge you on Foulon! Husbands, and brothers, and young men, Give us the blood of Foulon, Give us the head of Foulon, Give us the heart of Foulon, Give us the body and soul of Foulon, Rend Foulon to pieces, and dig him into the ground, that grass may grow from him!”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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