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Amilcar Cabral Quotes


  • Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. . .

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  • Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…

 

  • We are fighting so that insults may no longer rule our countries, martyred and scorned for centuries, so that our peoples may never more be exploited by imperialists not only by people with white skin, because we do not confuse exploitation or exploiters with the colour of men’s skins; we do not want any exploitation in our countries, not even by black people.

 

  • We must practice revolutionary democracy in every aspect of our Party life. Every responsible member must have the courage of his responsibilities, exacting from others a proper respect for his work and properly respecting the work of others. Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…

 

  • We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our Ancestors, our children, and the unborn.

 

  • We must walk rapidly but not run. We must not be opportunists, nor allow our enthusiasms to make us lose the vision of concrete reality.

 

  • We are not going to eliminate imperialism by shouting insults at it.

 

  • No matter how hot the water from your well, it will not cook your rice…

 

  • A people who free themselves from foreign domination will be free culturally only if,

without complexes and without underestimating the importance of positive accretions from

oppressor and other cultures, they return to the upward paths of their own culture, which is

nourished by the living reality of its environment, and which negates both harmful influences

and any kind of subjection to foreign culture. Thus, it may be seen that if imperialist

domination has the vital need to practice cultural oppression, national liberation is necessarily

an act of culture

 

  • Tell no lies’ claim no easy victories

 

  • One of the most serious errors, if not the most serious error, committed by colonial powers in Africa, may have been to ignore or underestimate the cultural strength of African peoples.

 

  • The colonists usually say that it was they who brought us into history: today we show that this is not so. They made us leave history, our history, to follow them, right at the back, to follow the progress of their history.

 

  • Educate ourselves; educate other people, the population in general, to fight fear and ignorance, to eliminate little by little the subjection to nature and natural forces which our economy has not yet mastered.

 

  • Culture is simultaneously the fruit of a people’s history and a determinant of history.

 

  • National liberation is necessarily an act of culture

 

 

-Amilcar Cabral [1924-1973]

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