Quotes from 'Cry, The Beloved Country'

Alan Paton's Famous Novel

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Cry, The Beloved Country is the famous African novel by Alan Paton. The story follows the journey a minister, who travels to the big city in search of his prodigal son. Cry, The Beloved Country is said to have been inspired (or influenced) by Laurens van der Post's novel In a Province (1934). Alan Paton started the novel in 1946, and the book was finally published in 1948. Paton was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist.

 

  • "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills..."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 1
     
  • "[T]hey go to Johannesburg, and there they are lost, and no one hears of them at all."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 2
     
  • "she has many husbands."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 5
     
  • "One day in Johannesburg, and already the tribe was being rebuilt, the house and soul being restored."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 6
     
  • "I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find that we are turned to hating."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 7
     
  • "All roads lead to Johannesburg."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 9
     
  • "Now God be thanked that the name of a hill is such music, that the name of a river can heal."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 10
     
  • "for who is not silent when someone is dead, who was a small bright boy?"
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 11
     
  • "Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 12
     
  • "Have no doubt it is fear in his eyes."
    - Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country,"
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 14
     
  • "You see, my brother, there is no proof that my son or this other young man was there at all."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 14
     
  • "[W]e do what is in us, and why it is in us, that is also a secret. It is Christ in us, crying that men may be succoured and forgiven, even when He Himself is forsaken."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 15
     
  • "I could be willing."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 16
     
  • "Why else do we live?"
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 17
     
  • "Old man, leave him alone. You lead him so far and then you spring upon him."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 17
     
  • "What does that matter?"
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 18
     
  • "It is not permissible to add to one's possesions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 20
     
  • "The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 21
     
  • "In a land of fear this incorruptibility is like a lamp set upon a stand, giving light to all that are in the house."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 22
     
  • "[T]his thing that is the heaviest thing of all my years, is the heaviest thing of all your years also."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 25
     
  • "[T]here was a brightness in him."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 25
     
  • "And then what will happen to the carpenter's shop, that brings in eight, ten, twelve pounds a week?"
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 26
     
  • "Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 26
     
  • "I shall care for your child, my son, even as if it were my own."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 29
     
  • "I am a weak and sinful man, but God put His hands on me, that is all."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 29
     
  • "Something deep is touched here, something that is good and deep."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 30
     
  • "Forgive us all, for we all have trespasses."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 30
     
  • "I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 30
     
  • "When you go, something bright will go out of Ndotsheni."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 33
     
  • "that is a small angel from God."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 33
     
  • "Although nothing has come yet, something is here already."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 34
     
  • "One thing is about to be finished, but here is something that is only begun."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 36
     
  • "But when the dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret."
    - Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, Ch. 35

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