"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."

Vincent van Gogh

"The spirit and the senses so easily grow dead to the impressions of the beautiful and perfect...One ought every day, at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words."

Goethe



WORDS WHICH HAVE TOUCHED ME


HOW CAN I TELL YOU
by Cat Stevens



POEMA 20
by Pablo Neruda
(in Spanish and English)

This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful poem I have ever read. The translation is excellent.



THE SEPARATE ROSE
by Pablo Neruda
(in Spanish and English)

Poems about Easter Island. Very stirring, especially in the original Spanish. The English translation is unfortunately not as good as that of Poema 20 (above).




AFRICAMUSE'S OWN AMAZON ASSOCIATES BOOKSTORE
Reviews of books and movies which have touched my life.





"Wathint abafazi! Wathint imbokodo! Uzokufa!"
You have touched the women! You have struck a grinding stone! You will be crushed!

Slogan in the protest against the extension of the pass laws to women, South Africa, 9 August 1956



"I drive like I play chess: I know how to move, and I use some of the terminology - but I don't enjoy it, I don't understand the greater logic of how all the pieces fit together, and I always lose!"

africamuse, 3 October 2000


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