Maori Quotes

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Maori Quotes

I said that I feel bad whenever I drive, because Im adding to global warming. The Maori nodded agreement. So did Jeannette. Then she added fervently, But you didnt set up the system. Do what you can, but dont identify with the problem. If you internalize what is not yours, you fight not only them but yourself as well. Take responsibility only for that which youre responsible—your own thoughts and actions. You didnt make the car culture, you didnt set up factory farming. Do what you can to shut those things down.
— Derrick Jensen —

A truly enlightened attitude to language should simply be to let six thousand or more flowers bloom. Subcultures should be allowed to thrive, not just because it is wrong to squash them, because they enrich the wider culture. Just as Black English has left its mark on standard English Culture, South Africans take pride in the marks of Afrikaans and African languages on their vocabulary and syntax.
New Zealand's rugby team chants in Maori, dancing a traditional dance, before matches. French kids flirt with rebellion by using verlan, a slang that reverses words' sounds or syllables (so femmes becomes meuf). Argentines glory in lunfardo, an argot developed from the underworld a centyry ago that makes Argentine Spanish unique still today. The nonstandard greeting "Where y'at?" for "How are you?" is so common among certain whites in New Orleans that they bear their difference with pride, calling themselves Yats. And that's how it should be.

— Robert Lane Greene

I'm part Maori. My mum's Maori, and she raised me. And my grandma, she's Maori.

— Jemaine Clement

But the wireless," asked Momulla. "What has the wireless to do with our remaining here?" "Oh yes," replied Gust, scratching his head. He was wondering if the Maori were really so ignorant as to believe the preposterous lie he was about to unload upon him. "Oh yes! You see every warship is equipped with what they call a wireless apparatus. It lets them talk to other ships hundreds of miles away, and it lets them listen to all that is said on these other ships.

— Edgar Rice Burroughs

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