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Rigoberta Menchú

  • There is not one world for man and one for animals, they are part of the same one and lead parallel lives.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... our reality teaches us that, as Christians, we must create a Church of the poor, that we don't need a Church imposed from outside which knows nothing of hunger.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... unless a religion springs from within the people themselves, it is a weapon of the system.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • This is why Indians are thought to be stupid. They can't think, they don't know anything, they say. But we have hidden our identity because we needed to resist, we wanted to protect what governments have wanted to take away from us.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • We can only love a person who eats what we eat.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • What hurts Indians most is that our costumes are considered beautiful, but it's as if the person wearing it didn't exist.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... I wasn't the only orphan in Guatemala. There are many others, and it's not my grief alone, it's the grief of a whole people.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... only those of us who carry our cause in our hearts are willing to run the risks.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... the Bible has been used as a way of making us accept our situation, and not to bring enlightenment to the poor.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • ... together we can build the people's Church, a true Church. Not just a hierarchy, or a building, but a real change inside people.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • Not even anthropologists or intellectuals, no matter how many books they have, can find out all our secrets.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • in Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed., I, Rigoberta Menchú ()
  • We say no to the peace that keeps us on our knees, no to the peace that keeps us in chains, no to the false peace that denies the values and contributions of our peoples.

    • Rigoberta Menchú,
    • 1993, in Kristen Golden and Barbara Findlen, Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century ()

Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan/Mayan activist, Nobel winner

(1959)