Quotation by Jacques Roumain

Being resigned is no good; it amounts to the same as being discouraged. It breaks your two arms, and you wait around for miracles and for Providence, holding your rosary, doing nothing. You pray for rain, you pray for the harvest, you do your litanies to the saints and to the loas. But, let me tell you, Providence is nothing but man's will not to accept hardship, to tame, day to day, the earth's bad will, to bend the water's whims to fit his needs. Then the earth calls him 'Dear Master', and the water too calls him 'Dear Master', and there is no other Providence than his work as a serious peasant, no other miracle than the fruits of his hands.
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Manuel in Masters of the Dew, p. 47, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

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