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Félix Houphouët-Boigny Quotes

A Selection of Quotes by Félix Houphouët-Boigny

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"To those who speak of a Pan-African union, I ask: 'What are we supposed to share? Each other's poverty?'."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York 1985.

"If I could have twice as many Frenchmen as we have to help us build the Ivory Coast, I would take them."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York 1985.

"We must go slowly, my children, for we are in a hurry."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York 1985.

"Competition is healthy for sport, but in politics what must triumph is team spirit."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in Neil A Hamilton's Founders of Modern Nations: A Biographical Dictionary , ABC-CLIO, California, 1996.

"Nobody more than I, and no people more than the Ivoirian people, aspire more toward peace through dialogue. I have given every proof of this and at a great risk."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York 1985.

"On my visits to America, I discovered that the old Marxist dictum, 'From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,' was probably more in force in America -- that holy of holies of capitalism -- than in any other country in the world."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in Kathryn and Ross Petras' Whole World Book of Quotations: Wisdom from Women and Men Around the Globe Throughout the Centuries, Perseus Books, 1994.

"Africa can be a meeting place among peoples, a land of reconciliation. We Africans cannot accept isolation. We cooperate fraternally on a basis of absolute equality of rights and duties."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in Donald B Robinson's The 100 most important people in the world today, Putnam, 1970.

"Freedom will never thrive in the midst of misery."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, as quoted in Robin Hallett's Africa since 1875, Heinemann, 1988.

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