10 Caribbean Quotations Worth Pondering

RealTalk.BB Quotes

” The wounded are all around us and within us. Now, opening ourselves to all those recognize the brutal dialectics of underdevelopment, who acknowledge the cohesive powers of our common needs, our common dangers and our common possibilities, we can begin to stand in a newly grounded solidarity and reach out toward each other, facing the harsh but beautiful fact that we must either re-develop our selves and our world or be pushed together in some terrible, explosive closing of the light.”

– Dr. Walter Rodney ; How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

“What kind of mirror image do you have of yourself? Let me tell you what kind of mirror image I have of you. The Democratic Labour Party has an image that the people of Barbados would be able to run their own affairs, to pay for the cost of running their own country, to have an education system which is as good as what can be attained in any industrialised country, anywhere in the world.”

“If there are corrupt ministers in Barbados tonight, you have made them corrupt.”

– The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow; Mirror Image Speech

“We must inspire a literature and promulgate a doctrine of our own without any apologies to the powers that be. The right is ours and God’s. Let contrary sentiment and cross opinions go to the winds. Opposition to race independence is the weapon of the enemy to defeat the hopes of an unfortunate people. We are entitled to our own opinions and not obligated to or bound by the opinions of others.”

– Marcus Garvey National Hero of Jamaica;  African Fundamentalism

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

– Dr. Frantz Fanon; Black Skin, White Mask

“Do not make me into that man of hatred for whom I feel only hatred.”

– Aimer Cesaire; Notebook of A Return To The Native Land  

“It grew increasingly hard to believe that this blindness and error were all my material fantasy rather than the flaw of a universal creation.”

– Sir Theodore Wilson Harris; The Palace of The Peacock

“I see education – and especially tertiary education in general and the university in particular – taking into the core of its remit, the preparation of people who can make sense of the new phenomenon and who are therefore equipped for textured, dynamic, imaginative, creative leadership. This kind of leadership requires at all levels of social existence now challenging our globalized world, from being able to function in civil society to participation in multilatteral fora designed to forge answers for the big questions of health, communication, poverty eradication, environmental integrity and human resource development and management through education and culture deepening.”

-Rex Nettleford; Selected Speeches

“Let us no more seem fearful!

Let us no more, timid, permit our enslavement”

– Lola Rodriguez de Tío; The Song Borinquen

“The prideful villager thinks his hometown contains the whole world, and as long as he can stay on as mayor or humiliate the rival who stole his sweetheart or watch his nest egg accumulitating in its strongbox he believes the universe to be in good order, unaware of the giants in seven-league boots who can crush him underfoot or the battling comets in the heavens that go through the air devouring the sleeping worlds.”

– José Martí; Our America

“An elusive cultural identity lies at the heart of our unwillingness to declare ourselves either a nation or state … Ironically, neither violent insurrection nor the democratic process seem able to solve that question.”

– Esmerelda Santiago; Island of Lost Causes