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Homeland Quotes

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محمد الماغوط
“كل يوم أكتشف في وطني مجداً جديداً
وعاراً جديداً
أخباراً ترفع الرأس
وأخرى ترفع الضغط”
محمد الماغوط

Mahmoud Darwish
“ثمة شيء ننساه في زحمة التسابق على حفظ الجُمل الثورية الجميلة. هذا الشيء هو الكرامة الإنسانية. ليس وطني دائماً على حق. ولكنني لا أستطيع أن أمارس حقاً حقيقياً إلا في وطني.”
محمود درويش, يوميات الحزن العادي

Erik Pevernagie
“When we settle down in the homeland of love, let us not forget to choose an uplifting horizon, where humor and joyfulness are along the way, and our heartbeat guides the rhythm of our day and composes the song of our passion. ("Crystallization under an umbrella" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Mahmoud Darwish
“ليس وطني دائماً على حق. ولكنني لا استطيع ان امارس حقاً حقيقياً الا في وطني .”
محمود درويش

Zadie Smith
“No fiction, no myths, no lies, no tangled webs - this is how Irie imagined her homeland. Because homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language.”
Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Alexander McCall Smith
“every man has a map in his heart of his own country and that the heart will never allow you to forget this map. (p. 18)”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Banana Yoshimoto
“I wonder what it felt to move to a country where you didn't grow up. I had thought about that often since my sister got married. Do you become a character in a story native to that land, or do you, somewhere in your heart, want to return to your homeland.”
Banana Yoshimoto, N.P

Jacqueline Carey
“Battle for the sake of honor may be a fine thing for bards to sing of, but it is no way to preserve one's homeland”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

أحمد شوقي
“اِختِلافُ النَهارِ وَاللَيلِ يُنسي اُذكُرا لِيَ الصِبا وَأَيّامَ أُنسي

وَصِفا لي مُلاوَةً مِن شَبابٍ صُوِّرَت مِن تَصَوُّراتٍ وَمَسِّ

عصفتْ كالصَّبا اللعوبِ ومرّت سِنة ً حُلوة ً، ولذَّة ُ خَلْس

وسلا مصرَ : هل سلا القلبُ عنها أَو أَسا جُرحَه الزمان المؤسّي؟

كلما مرّت الليالي عليه رقَّ ، والعهدُ في الليالي تقسِّي

مُستَطارٌ إذا البواخِرُ رنَّتْ أَولَ الليلِ، أَو عَوَتْ بعد جَرْس

راهبٌ في الضلوع للسفنِ فَطْن كلما ثُرْنَ شاعَهن بنَقسْ

يا ابنة َ اليمِّ ، ما أبوكِ بخيلٌ ما له مولع بمنع وحبس

أَحرامٌ عَلى بَلابِلِهِ الدَو حُ حَلالٌ لِلطَيرِ مِن كُلِّ جِنسِ

كُلُّ دارٍ أَحَقُّ بِالأَهلِ إِلّا في خَبيثٍ مِنَ المَذاهِبِ رِجسِ

نَفسي مِرجَلٌ وَقَلبي شِراعٌ بِهِما في الدُموعِ سيري وَأَرسي

وَاِجعَلي وَجهَكِ الفَنارَ وَمَجرا كِ يَدَ الثَغرِ بَينَ رَملٍ وَمَكسِ

وَطَني لَو شُغِلتُ بِالخُلدِ عَنهُ نازَعَتني إِلَيهِ في الخُلدِ نَفسي”
أحمد شوقي

Seja Majeed
“For years I've been searching for a homeland, finally I found it in you..”
Seja Majeed, The Forgotten Tale of Larsa

Jeanette Winterson
“Where you are born--what you are born into, the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own-- stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.”
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Taras Shevchenko
“Як умру, то поховайте
Мене на могилі,
Серед степу широкого,
На Вкраїні милій,
Щоб лани широкополі,
І Дніпро, і кручі
Було видно, було чути,
Як реве ревучий.
Як понесе з України
У синєє море
Кров ворожу... отойді я
І лани, і гори —
Все покину і полину
До самого Бога
Молитися... а до того
Я не знаю Бога.
Поховайте та вставайте,
Кайдани порвіте
І вражою злою кров’ю
Волю окропіте.
І мене в сем’ї великій,
В сем’ї вольній, новій,
Не забудьте пом’янути
Незлим тихим словом.”
Taras Shevchenko, Кобзар

Nodar Dumbadze
“ამის მადლი და სილამაზე არ დაგვიწყებოდეთ. ქვეყნის სიყვარულს საყველპუროდ და საარშიყოდ ნუ გაიხდით, სამშობლო როსკიპი ქალი არაა, მთვრალს რომ მოგენატრება და მაშინ გაიხსენებ, სამშობლო ტაძარია სალოცავი. მუხლზე დაჩოქილი უნდა იდგე მის საკურთხეველთან, ცალი ხელით პირჯვარს უნდა იწერდე, მეორეთი კი ხმალს იქნევდე, ეშმაკები რომ არ დაეპატრონონ... და კიდევ ერთი, შესაწირავის მიტანა ვერავინ უნდა მოგასწროს ამ ტაძართან.”
Nodar Dumbadze, მარადისობის კანონი

Michelle Y. Frost
“Never complete. Never whole.
White skin and an African soul.”
Michelle Frost

Raquel Cepeda
“While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me.”
Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

Alberto Caeiro
“The river of my village doesn’t make you think about anything.
When you’re at its bank you’re only at its bank.”
Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

Suchen Christine Lim
“For what is life but a succession of change; of one thing after another; painful beginnings, fearful setting out into the unknown, leaving what we are for what we have not yet become. We sail forth boldly, keeping a steady keel and a keen eye on the horizon, to reach islands, land whose fragrance we sniff at at the edge of our dreams; and so we sail on, hoping that the next landfall will be our own bit of earth.”
Suchen Christine Lim, A Bit Of Earth

W.G. Hoskins
“Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof. Especially seeing England presents thee with so many observables.”
W.G. Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape

Alessia Esse
“Amiamo i mondi di fantasia perché il mondo in cui viviamo non ci soddisfa completamente. Troviamo conforto e rifugio nelle pagine di un fumetto, o nell’episodio di un telefilm epico, perché nella fantasia altrui troviamo ciò che la nostra realtà non ci ha ancora dato. Perché vorremmo di più dal mondo reale, e da noi stessi. Grazie a loro ci sentiamo diversi, migliori, forse più forti. Se Iron Man riesce a salvare il pianeta, allora anch’io potrò salvare gli alberghi di mio padre. Se Carrie Mathison riesce ad uccidere un terrorista, allora anche tu potrai fare un lavoro che non ti piace. Non c’è nulla di più immaturo, me ne rendo conto. Un uomo e una donna in età adulta che investono tempo e denaro in faccende da adolescenti. In molti la considerano una follia.”
Alessia Esse, La tentazione di Laura

Afeefah Khazi-Syed
“never forgetting to
return to that place
in time, holding the
hands of his own kind

This is Where
The Story of You
Began”
Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air

“Nostalgia is not linked only with being away from one's homeland, as one may feel nostalgia , too, inside his own homeland.”
Mohamed Adly, Coco De Mer - the Forbidden Fruit

“I have long feared for the country of my birth, What kind of country has this become now?”
Qamar Rafiq

John Lukacs
“Patriotism is defensive; nationalism is aggressive. Patriotism is the love of a particular land, with its particular traditions; nationalism is the love of something less tangible, of the myth of a "people," justifying many things, a political and ideological substitute for religion. Patriotism is old-fashioned (and, at times and in some places, aristocratic); nationalism is modern and populist.”
John Lukacs, Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred

Albert Camus
“To feel one’s attachment to a certain region, one’s love for a certain group of men, to know that there is always a spot where one’s heart will feel at peace – these are many certainties for a single human life. And yet this is not enough. But at certain moments everything yearns for that spiritual home. ‘Yes, we must go back there – there, indeed.”
Albert Camus, Summer in Algiers

Johannes Urzidil
“Quanti milioni di esiliati, scacciati e profughi c'erano stati nei millenni della storia umana? E la caratteristica principale della loro tragedia non era forse il permanente legame con la comunità dalla quale erano stati o si erano strappati?
Questa comunità era come un'amata perduta. Dolore, rabbia, gelosia, melanconia, disperazione, ansia di lottare, sete di dimostrare la propria insostituibilità, perfino un bisogno di vendetta che giunge all'annientamento si susseguono nel rapporto con l'amata perduta, con la quale, nell'esilio, si convive in maniera più intima, più appassionata e più incessante che mai. E il sentimento più profondo di tutti è la nostalgia, la divorante nostalgia del ritrovamento e della riconquista.”
Johannes Urzidil, L'amata perduta

“On that momentous day of my first return to my grandfather’s place in Ojoto after many years of my sojourn in America, I was lost in my thought until a light wind blew across the pedestrian path in a wooded area where I stood, caressing the trees’ leaves and small branches. The stubborn leaves swerved in all directions like untrained dancers learning to strut after consuming palm-wine from large calabash jugs. Looking up, I watched weakened leaves snapped off and gained their freedom from primordial trees. A liberation dance followed in the dense air above me before the leaves set down. Listening to beautiful sounds made by birds converging around me, as if they were singing for the newly liberated leaves, I found myself lost in the wonderment of nature. What I experienced had drawn me back to that exhilarating place for mental respite each time I returned home.”
Fidelis O. Mkparu, 2021

“At this time of the year, far away in a place some may consider a hallowed ground, the wind incessantly whistles my name with a flutelike sweet melody that permeates the seasonal dense air. Occasional interruptions by cacophony of birds’ chirps only add suspense to the allure of the mystical pronouncements. This is the place I call home where I cherish my return with barefoot walks on the ground my ancestors treaded.”
Fidelis O Mkparu

Susanna Jones
“« "It’s so good to have friends from home, don’t you think so?"
“I haven’t lived there for a very long time.”
“It’s your roots that count.”
“Plants and trees have roots. People have legs. »”
Susanna Jones, The Earthquake Bird

“And how important in the scheme of things was it to find this person, this one person who knew (and loved) more about one than anyone else?
[...] And the whereabouts of that person ultimately defined the location of the Homeland, for in the final analysis roots were people.”
John Wiles, Homelands

“As for the Homeland, it had another meaning which had nothing to do with geographical place. It concerned not where you lived but how you lived, for, in effect, it defined a way of thinking, of looking at things.”
John Wiles, Homelands

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