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Ryszard Kapuscinski Quotes and Sayings

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The Cold War was waged in a particularly brutal and cynical way in Africa,
and Africa seemed powerless to do anything to stop it.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975,
I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

 

Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize
him for fear that he would support the other side.
He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I'll tell you what colonial experience is.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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People were really interested in what was going on
because of the international context of the Cold War.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors
to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately
kept them together in his waiting room.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest,
most disgraceful pages in contemporary history,
and everybody ought to be ashamed.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin hid nothing.
Everybody knew everything.
Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution
breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy,
he destroys himself.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how
much of it is experienced by the party he injured.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him.
Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death,
because he feared they would rebel.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free;
that for the moment you are not under lock and key:
you have simply been granted a reprieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Readership was high, and very attentive.
It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers:
they treat the text as a part of themselves,
as a possession.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There is a lack of critical assessment of the past.
But you have to understand that the current ruling
elite is actually the old ruling elite.
So they are incapable of a self-critical approach to the past.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In modern Russia, you have no official,
formal assessment of this past.
Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy
of the Soviet government was criminal,
that it was terrible.
No one has ever said this.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism,
and the killing took place because of these emotions.
But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder,
like the Holocaust.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive,
it is their state, it is part of their fabric,
and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in
the hotel talking Russian.
They had been educated in Moscow and since they came
from different Ugandan peoples,
it was the only way they could understand one another.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

The official independence celebration was going to
be held over four or five days,
and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in,
because Angola was closed otherwise.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Amin is the shame of the whole world.
The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit
so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy
of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively.
First, in the Russian Orthodox religion,
there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers -
there were British,
French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a
lot of Italian communities there.
And of course there were a lot of Russians.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Conditions were so hard.
To send the news out, telex was the only means,
but telex was very rare in Africa.
So if somebody was flying to Europe,
we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

There is a fundamental difference between the Polish
experience of the state and the Russian experience.
In the Polish experience, the state was always a foreign power.
So, to hate the state was a patriotic act.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

My writing is a combination of three elements.
The first is travel: not travel like a tourist,
but travel as exploration.
The second is reading literature on the subject.
The third is reflection.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.
- Horace Traubel

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
- Billy Graham

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
- Roger Kahn

Without a family, man, alone in the world,
trembles with the cold.
- Andre Maurois

Death comes to all,
but great achievements build a monument
which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
- Miguel de Unamuno

On this day, as on every day,
we Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving.
We have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring us to this moment.
We give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of our courage
and the cold sweat of our fear.
We accept gratefully the entirety
of our past and our present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife.
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life.
But as we go our sordid sep'rate ways,
We shall ne'er forget thee, thou golden college days.
Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part vermouth.
- Tom Lehrer - song: Bright College Days,
album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat,
and the dog was walking.
- Mickey Rivers

I shall not die of a cold.
I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather

Marry an outdoors woman.
Then if you throw her out into the yard on a cold night,
she can still survive.
- W. C. Fields

The cold harsh reality is that we have to balance the budget.
- Michael Bloomberg

I robbed them, and I killed them as cold as ice,
and I would do it again, and I know I would kill another
person because I've hated humans for a long time.
- Aileen Wuornos

There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest
in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast,
open sky and loneliness and cold.
- Ajay Naidu

That I would rather be in another business where a
bad cold wouldn't put me out of work.
- Merv Griffin

It doesn't matter if the water is cold or warm if you're
going to have to wade through it anyway.
- Teilhard de Chardin

As the winter set in with its customary Canadian severity
the real trouble of the French began.
They did not suffer from the cold, but they were dying of scurvy.
- Harry Johnston

Our American professors like their literature clear
and cold and pure and very dead.
- Sinclair Lewis

When you do a job like this you have to like having cold sweat on your back.
- John Pomfret

A cold atheistical materialism is the tendency of the
so-called material philosophy of the present day.
- Adam Sedgwick

In Boston serpents whistle at the cold.
- Robert Lowell

Since the end of the Cold War, hegemonism has become increasingly unpopular.
- Li Peng

It is so cold out there, my head nearly fell off.
- Mark McKinney

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Looked like she was a cold dish with a man until you got her pants down,
then she'd explode.
- Gary Cooper

Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood.
Heat is required to forge anything.
Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Much has changed since the end of the Cold War that
augurs well for the survival of our nation.
- Adam Schiff

If I write that it was a cold day, you can be sure
I know it was a cold day because Pepys told us.
- Antonia Fraser

Helsinki isn't all that bad.
It's a very nice city, and it's cold really only in wintertime.
- Linus Torvalds

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in
continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
- Samuel Butler


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