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Quotes from Roots by Alex Haley

“Out under the moon and stars, alone with his son…he walked to the edge of the village, lifted his baby up with his face to the heaven and said softly, ‘Fend kiling dorong leh warrata ka iteh tee.’ (Behold – the only thing greater than yourself.)”

“My smiling child
Named for a notable ancestor
Great hunter or warrior
You will be one day,
Which will give your papa pride.
But always I will remember you thus.”

“He said, that three groups of people live in every village.
First, those you could see walking around, eating, sleeping and working.
Second were the ancestors…
The third people are those waiting to be born.”

“The children would ask.
‘Kerabe?’ (Do you have peace?)
And the adults would reply,
‘Kera dorong.’ (Peace only.)”

“The more blackness a woman has, the more beautiful she is.”

“The cat always eats the mouse it plays with.”

“…Mandikas fight only if others are warlike.
But we are the finest warriors if driven to fight.”

“Each day’s new sun will remind us that it rose in our Africa, which is the navel of the Earth.”

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