“If it works in Africa, it’ll work anywhere”
– Erik Hersman

“Instead of thinking of Africa that is a place that needs to be more like us, we’re now looking at Africa and realizing we need to be more like them.”
– Erik Hersman

“We shouldn’t be surprised that the solution s to the problems we’re facing will increasingly come from places like Africa.”
– Erik Hersman

“Chai must be made sweet, so the licks stick together”
– Swoosh

“When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” (Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia.)
– Swahili proverb

“Hurry, hurry has no blessing” (Haraka, haraka haina baraka.)
– Swahili proverb

“But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? . . . Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? . . . We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills . . .”

“If not me, then who?”
– Me

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
– Charles Kingsley

“Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
– Alan Kay

“When the bag tears, the shoulders get a rest.” (Kotoku tew a, na mmati adwo.)
– Swahili proverb

“The 1st Rule of Wog: You must can shika fire”
– Swoosh

“Go, Send, or Disobey.”
-John Piper

One day the lion, the wolf and the fox went out hunting together. They caught a wild ass, a gazelle and a hare. The lion spoke to the wolf, “Mr. Wolf, you may divide the venison for us today.” The wolf said, “I would have thought it best, Sire, that you should have the ass and my friend the fox should take the hare; as for me, I shall be content to take only the gazelle.” On hearing this the lion was furious. He raised his mighty paw and struck the wolf on the head. The wolf’s skull was cracked, so he died. Whereupon the lion spoke to the fox, “Now you may try and divide our meal better. ” The fox spoke solemnly, “The ass will be your dinner, Sire, the gazelle will be your Majesty’s supper and the hare will be your breakfast for tomorrow morning.” Surprised, the lion asked him, “When did you learn so much wisdom?” Said the fox, “When I heard the wolf’s skill cracking.”
– Nubian (Sudan) Fable

“The initial application of force can be wrong, but the retaliation to that force is not.”
– Logan Clements (Freestar Media)

“Your responsibility is to work hard, God will do the rest.”
– Me

“A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.”
– Arabic Proverb

“Even a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in awhile.”
– Southern Saying

“A weapon which you don’t have in your hand won’t kill a snake.”
– African Proverb

“An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.”
– Arab Proverb

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before.”
– Mark Twain

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.”
– Charles Peters

“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.”
– Japanese Proverb

“If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
– Albert Einstein

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
– John Stuart Mill

Once upon a time there was a poor man who did not have a job or a place to stay. Finally he went with his dog to the palace of the Sukuma chief. The chief warmly received the man with his dog. The poor man was accepted as part of the royal family. The chief fed both him and his dog. Later on enemies came to kill the chief. The dog barked, the alarm was sounded, the chief escaped, and his life was saved.
– Tanzanian Fable

“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.”
– W. Edwards Deming

“Advertising is a tax for having an unremarkable product.”
– Robert Stephens, Founder and “Chief Inspector” of the Geek Squad

“In a study of the appalling violence in Africa in recent years, Civil War is Not a Stupid Thing, the author, Professor Christopher Cramer, argues that, on a continent that has seen more wars since 1990 than in the whole of the previous century, violence can be a form of communication of last resort. When all other channels of seeking justice for embittered grievances in a corrupt regime appear to have been exhausted, some will see violence as the only way to protect their interests. That doesn’t make the violence right, but neither does it make it necessarily senseless. It can have its own awful rationality.”
– Madeleine Bunting

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

“You could fit the United States, the whole of South America, Western Europe and parts of Asia into Africa, there is such a vastness to Africa that you can’t homogenise it into one region.”
– Taj Onigbanjo, head of Africa at Cable & Wireless

“It’s user freedom that the GPL was created to protect, just like the Bill of Rights was created to protect the people, not the President.”
Matt Mullenweg of WordPress

9 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. du says:

    do you have any quotes by kenyan heroes like Mzee Jomo Kenyatta or harry thuku or other kenyan heros

  2. sadunkal says:

    I think the “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” quote is actually from Charles Kingsley but it’s not that important…

  3. I love the thoughts about Africa and believe me they are real. Hersman is right on this one

    “Instead of thinking of Africa that is a place that needs to be more like us, we’re now looking at Africa and realizing we need to be more like them.”
    – Erik Hersman

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