Quotation by Simone Schwarz-Bart

Wave like a filao, shine like a poinciana tree, crack and moan like a bamboo, but find your woman's stride and change your step like a brave woman, my beautiful one. And when you crack like a bamboo, when you sigh with weariness and disgust, moan and despair for yourself alone and never forget that somewhere on the earth a woman is glad to be alive.
Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 121, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
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