If you aren't native to a place you have an excellent chance of becoming a gentleman in it.George Eric Lamming: 1953 In the Castle of My Skin, ch.14.
See how the Orient dew, Shed from the bosom of the morn Into the blowing roses, Yet careless of its mansion new; For the clear region where 'twas born Round in its self encloses: And in its little globes extent, Frames as it can its native element.Andrew Marvell: c.1650-1652 'On a Drop of Dew' (published1681).
Every man has a lurking wish to appear considerable in his native place.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1771 Letter to Sir Joshua Reynolds,17 Jul. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
These Mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to beg Sustenance for their helpless Infants; who, as they grow up either turnThieves for want of Work; or leave their dear native country, to fight for the Pretender in Spain; or sell themselves to the Barbadoes.jonathan swift: 1729 A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Ireland from being a Burden to their Parents or Country.
Le colonialisme ne se satisfait pas d'enserrer le peuple dans ses mailles, de vider le cerveau colonise de toute forme et de tout contenu. Par une sorte de perversion de la logique, il s'oriente vers le passe du peuple opprime , le distort, le de figure, l'ane antit. Colonialismisnot satisfiedmerely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native's brain of all form and content. Bya kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the oppressed people, and distorts, disfigures and destroys it.Frantz Omar Fanon: 1961Les Damne s de la terre ( The Wretched of the Earth, translated by Constance Farrington,1965), ch.4,'On National Culture'.
Speak out, sir, and do not Maister or Campbell memy foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor!Sir Walter Scott: 1817 Rob Roy to Francis Osbaldistone. Rob Roy, ch.34.
Theactionoftheplay takesplace onanisland intheWest Indies as not yet self-determined by White Mariners. The form of native government is, for the time being, an Empire.Eugene Gladstone O'Neill: 1920 The Emperor Jones, scene direction.
When old settlers say 'One has to understand the country,' what they mean is,'You have to get used to our ideas about the native.' Theyare saying, in effect,'Learn our ideas, or otherwise get out; we don't want you.'Doris May ne e Tayler Lessing: 1950 The Grass Is Singing, ch.1.
When a white man in Africa by accident looks into the eyes of a native and sees the human being (which it ishis chief preoccupation to avoid), his sense of guilt, which he denies, fumes up in resentment and he brings down the whip.Doris May ne e Tayler Lessing: 1950 The Grass Is Singing, ch.8.
My native heath is brown beneath, My native waters blue; But crimson red o'er both shall spread, Ere I am false to you, Dear land! Ere I am false to you.1845 'Dear Land' in The Spirit of the Nation.
Native always means people who belong somewhere else, becausethey had once belonged somewhere.That shows that the white race does not really think they belong anywhere because they think of everybody else as native.Gertrude Stein: 1937 Everybody's Autobiography, ch.1.
The deceased Gentlemanwas, weare informed, a native of Ashbourn, Derbyshire, at which place he was born in theYear of Grace, 217, and was consequently in the 1643rd year of his age. For some months the patriotic Old Man had been suffering from injuries sustained in his native town, so far back as Shrovetide in last year; he was at once removed (byappeal) to London, where he lingered in suspense till the law of death put its icy hand upon him, and claimed as another trophy to magisterial interference one who had long lived in the hearts of the people.1860 'Death of the Right Honourable Game Football', as published in a court circular. There had been recent attempts in the courts to ban the riotous custom of 'Shrovetide football' pursued at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and other villages.
The status of 'native' is a nervous condition introduced and maintained by the settler among colonized people with their consent.jean-paul sartre: 1961 Preface to Franz Fanon Les Damne s de la terre (The Wretched of theEarth,1967, translated by Constance Farrington). Tsitsi Dangarembga uses this sentence to supply both epigraph and title of her1988 novel Nervous Conditions.
What captivity has been to the Jews, exile has been to the Irish. For us, the romance of our native land begins only after we have left home; it is really only with other people that we become Irishmen.Peter Ackroyd: Page 7. (The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983))
Without presuming to decide the purely legal question, on which it seems evident to me from Madison's and Hamilton's papers that the Fathers of the Constitution were not agreed, I saw in State Rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy. The institutions of your Republic have not exercised on the old world the salutary and liberating influence which ought to have belonged to them, by reason of those defects and abuses of principle which the Confederate Constitution was expressly and wisely calculated to remedy. I believed that the example of that great Reform would have blessed all the races of mankind by establishing true freedom purged of the native dangers and disorders of Republics. Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo.john acton: Letter (4 November 1866) to Robert E. Lee
I want the seals of power and place,The ensigns of command,Charged by the people's unbought grace,To rule my native land.Nor crown, nor scepter would I askBut from my country's will,By day, by night, to ply the taskHer cup of bliss to fill.john quincy adams: The Wants of Man, stanza 22 (25 September 1841).
It is no ready made article; it has grown through the centuries as native to our country and people as the oak, ash, or thorn. It has given her people freedom and taught them the difference between freedom and licence. That is the Constitution that is threatened to-day, not quite openly yet, by the Socialist Party in their conference, tendenciously by sketching a course of action which if it takes place means the destruction of the Constitution. You may dispute that as much as you like, but in effect taking away the executive power of the House of Commons is the way every tyranny starts. It is proletarian Hitlerism and nothing else, and it can be nothing else. I want you to realize it in time.stanley baldwin: Speech in Birmingham (6 October, 1933).
But here tho' distant from our native shore,With mutual glee we meet and laugh once more,The same! I know thee by that yellow face,That strong complexion of true Indian race,Which time can never change, nor soil impair,Nor Alpine snows, nor Turkey's morbid air;For endless years, thro' every mild domain,Where grows the maize, there thou art sure to reign. But man, more fickle, the bold license claims,In different realms to give thee different names.Thee soft nations round the warm LevantPalanta call, the French of course Polante;E'en in thy native regions, how I blushTo hear the Pennsylvanians call thee Mush!On Hudson's banks, while men of Belgic spawnInsult and eat thee by the name suppawn.All spurious appellations, void of truth:I've better known thee from my earliest youth,Thy name is Hasty-Pudding! thus our siresWere wont to greet thee fuming from the fires.joel barlow: Canto 1: st. 8 & st. 9, lines 1–12
The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness and affability; it gives a native, unaffected ease to the behavior; it is social, kind, cheerful; far removed from the cloudy and illiberal disposition which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, and dejects the spirit.blair hugh: P. 501. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
I think Marilyn is bound to make an almost overwhelming impression on the people who meet her for the first time. It is not that she is pretty, although she is of course almost incredibly pretty, but she radiates, at the same time, unbounded vitality and a kind of unbelievable innocence. I have met the same in a lion-cub, which my native servants in Africa brought me. I would not keep her, since I felt that it would in some way be wrong...I shall never forget the almost overpowering feeling of unconquerable strength and sweetness which she conveyed. I had all the wild nature of Africa amicably gazing at me with mighty playfulness.karen blixen: Written of her experience with actress Marilyn Monroe in a letter to the American author, Fleur Cowles Meyer, in 1961. As quoted in Fragments, by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment (2010)
You, who know better than any one the motley world of cosmopolites, understand why I have confined myself to painting here only a fragment of it. That world, indeed, does not exist, it can have neither defined customs nor a general character. It is composed of exceptions and of singularities. We are so naturally creatures of custom, our continual mobility has such a need of gravitating around one fixed axis, that motives of a personal order alone can determine us upon an habitual and voluntary exile from our native land. It is so, now in the case of an artist, a person seeking for instruction and change; now in the case of a business man who desires to escape the consequences of some scandalous error; now in the case of a man of pleasure in search of new adventures; in the case of another, who cherishes prejudices from birth, it is the longing to find the "happy mean;" in the case of another, flight from distasteful memories. The life of the cosmopolite can conceal all beneath the vulgarity of its whims, from snobbery in quest of higher connections to swindling in quest of easier prey, submitting to the brilliant frivolities of the sport, the sombre intrigues of policy, or the sadness of a life which has been a failure. Such a variety of causes renders at once very attractive and almost impracticable the task of the author who takes as a model that ever-changing society so like unto itself in the exterior rites and fashions, so really, so intimately complex and composite in its fundamental elements. The writer is compelled to take from it a series of leading facts, as I have done, essaying to deduce a law which governs them.paul bourget: Introduction
Thus, at eighteen, we find him, an English lordling, who could speak no English, and yet who could read and write his native language. Never had he seen a human being other than himself, for the little area traversed by his tribe was watered by no greater river to bring down the savage natives of the interior.High hills shut it off on three sides, the ocean on the fourth. It was alive with lions and leopards and poisonous snakes. Its untouched mazes of matted jungle had as yet invited no hardy pioneer from the human beasts beyond its frontier.Edgar Rice Burroughs: Ch. 9 : Man and Man
Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder.sir richard francis burton: Exploration of the Highlands of Brazil (1869)
Endless Perfections after all conspire,And to adore excite and to admire;But to plain Minds the Plainest Pow'r AboveIs Native Goodness to attract our Love;Centre of all Its various Pow'r and SkillIs One Divine, Immutable Good Will.john byrom: The True Grounds Of Eternal And Immutable Rectitude" St. 8.
Ye mariners of England,That guard our native seas;Whose flag has braved, a thousand years,The battle and the breeze!thomas campbell: Stanza 1.