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“There is a sharp distinction between the very good and the truly great, between the man of talent and the man of genius. The man of talent is the marksman who hits a mark the others cannot hit. The man of genius is the marksman who hits the mark they cannot even see.”


Guyanese Ian McDonald. From a tribute to former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago shortly after the Prime Minister's death. Quoted in a speech by Erica Williams Connell, July 31, 2004.



“Did these ladies shrink from accepting my aid because my blood flowed beneath a somewhat duskier skin than theirs?”


Mary Seacole, after she was thwarted in her attampts to join the Florence Nightingale team  during the Crimean War.



"Forget mother Africa; forget mother India; think of mother Trinidad. She does not discriminate among her children."


Prime Minister Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago. Recalled by Trinidad Ambassador Christopher Thomas




         

QUOTATIONS FROM CARIBBEAN SOURCES