Ten Powerful Quotes from Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon was one of the most influential revolutionary minds that the Caribbean has ever produced. His undeniable impact on the ideology and politics of his time was achieved through his work in many different fields. As a psychiatrist he incorporated socio-therapy to connect his patients with their cultural background. Involved in several political and military campaigns as a civilian and soldier, his actions touched millions around the world.

Despite all this, his greatest legacy may just be the one he left on paper. A man of letters, Fanon published numerous articles and books. His eloquent words inspired the hearts and minds of a generation and continued to have that effect to this day. Below are some of his most powerful quotes:

“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.”

“Capitalist exploitation and cartels and monopolies are the enemies of underdeveloped countries. On the other hand a regime which is completely oriented towards the people as a whole and based on the principle that man is the most precious of all possessions, will allow us to go forward more quickly and more harmoniously, and thus make impossible that caricature of society where all economic and political power is held in the hands of a few who regard the nation as a whole with scorn and contempt.”

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” From his book “The wretched earth”

“Colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native’s brain of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the people, and distorts, disfigures and destroys it.” ― From his book “The wretched earth”

“A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later a people get the government it deserves.” ― From his book “The Damned”

“The native must realize that colonialism never gives anything away for nothing”.  From his book “The wretched earth”

“Colinialism hardly ever exploits the whole of a country. It contents itself with bringing to light the natrual resources, which it extracts, and exports to meet the needs of the mother country’s industries, thereby allowing certain sectors of the colony to become relatively rich. But the rest of the colony follows its path of under-development and poverty, or at all events sinks into it more deeply”. From his book “The Damned”

“I, the man of color, want only this: That the tool never possess the man. That the enslavement of man by man cease forever. That is, of one by another. That it be possible for me to discover and to love man, wherever he may be.” From the book, “Black skin, white masks”

“No attempt must be made to encase man, for it is his destiny to be set free.”

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