20 Quotes about Africa

Jumi Odepe
Africa Quotes

1. "There's nothing like being in the continent of Africa. I see why they call it the "Motherland". It is God's playground" - Viola Davies

2. "If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa." - John Hemingway, American Author

3. "The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to.” - Rich Mullins

4. "Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer's paradise, a hunter's Valhalla, an escapist's Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just 'home.” - Beryl Markham

5.“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”- Ernest Hemingway

6. "How can I explain to you my friend what I have seen and felt unless you too have seen it all… Africa."- Michael Burke

7. When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.” - Francesca Marciano

8. "If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

9. “It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.”- Will Smith 

10. "To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.” - George Schaller.

11. "The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.” - Andrew Shue 

12. “For as long as I can remember, I have been passionately intrigued by Africa, by the word itself, by its flora and fauna, its topographical diversity and grandeur; but above all else, by the sheer variety of the colours of its people, from tan and sepia to jet and ebony.” -Henry Louis Gates 

13. “Having travelled to some African countries, I find myself, like so many visitors to Africa before me, intoxicated with the continent. And I am not referring to the animals, as much as I have been enthralled by them during safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Rather I am referring to the African people.” - Dennis Prager

14. If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa – twice!” - R. Elliot

15. “All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.” - Ernest Hemingway

16. “I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same.” - Suzanne Evans

17. “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” -  J. Nozipo Maraire

18.  “Tourists who go to Africa have more of a traditional experience than Africans do. A tourist goes on safari; Africans don’t." - Paul Theroux

19. “For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.

- Mary McLeod Bethune

20. "The beauty of Africa is incomparable, it shows up in her endless reservoir of nature, shows up in the beauty of her women - there is something about the distinctiveness of their beauty, their lips, the hips, oh the African woman, knows how to be a woman!" - JM

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