Aime Cesaire quotes

  • It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #White #Feet #Tree

  • Africa, help me to go home, carry me like an aged child in your arms. Undress me and wash me. Strip me of all of these garments, strip me as a man strips off dreams when the dawn comes. . . .
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Dream #Children #Home

  • And let me die suddenly, to be born again in the revelation of beauty....And the revelation of beauty is the wisdom of the ancestors.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Beauty #Revelations #Born Again

  • Communism has served us ill in having us swap a living brotherhood for what looks to have the features of the coldest of all chill abstractions.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Brotherhood #Looks #Chill

  • There's room for everyone at the rendezvous of victory.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Equality #Victory #Rooms

  • I am talking about societies drained of their essence, cultures trampled underfoot, institutions undermined, lands confiscated, religions smashed, magnificent artistic creations destroyed, extraordinary possibilities wiped out.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Talking #Land #Essence

  • Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Silence #Poetic #Born

  • Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Sacrifice #Evening #Reason

  • I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Ideas #Different #Rich

  • When I turn on my radio, when I hear that Negroes have been lynched in America, I say that we have been lied to: Hitler is not dead; when I turn on my radio, when I hear that Jews have been insulted, mistreated, persecuted, I say that we have been lied to: Hitler is not dead; when, finally, I turn on my radio and hear that in Africa forced labor has been inaugurated and legalized, I say that we have certainly been lied to: Hitler is not dead.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #America #Justice #Radio

  • In the whole world no poor devil is lynched, no wretch is tortured, in whom I too am not degraded and murdered.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Justice #Devil #World

  • A man screaming is not a dancing bear. Life is not a spectacle.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Men #Dancing #Bears

  • I would rediscover the secret of great communications and great combustions. I would say storm. I would say river. I would say tornado. I would say leaf. I would say tree. I would be drenched by all rains, moistened by all dews. I would roll like frenetic blood on the slow current of the eye of words turned into mad horses into fresh children into clots into curfew into vestiges of temples into precious stones remote enough to discourage miners. Whoever would not understand me would not understand any better the roaring of a tiger.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Horse #Children #Rain

  • Beware, my body and my soul, beware above all of crossing your arms and assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of griefs is not a proscenium, and a man who wails is not a dancing bear.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Attitude #Grief #Men

  • Out of the sky, the birds, the parrots, the bells, silk, cloth, and drums, out of Sundays dancing, children's words and love words, out of love for the little fists of children, I will build a world, my world with round shoulders.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Dance #Children #Sunday