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"Haiti is open for business!" - Laurent Lamothe

"Haiti has changed a lot." - Michel Martelly

"Haiti is in desperate poverty." - Pat Robertson

"Haiti looks like a bomb hit it." - Jim Fowler

"Haiti fell over? Who built Haiti? Two of the three little pigs?!" - Christopher Titus

"Haiti, Haiti, the further I am from you, the less I breathe. Haiti, I love you, and I will love you always. Always." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"Haiti, Haiti, the further I am from you, the less I breathe. Haiti, I love you, and I will love you always. Always." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"A silenced Haiti has once again found its literary voice." - Paule Marshall

"Everything in Haiti right now is a priority." - Michel Martelly

"Haiti kind of gets a hold of you." - Sean Penn

"Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere. The earthquake and the hurricanes, it has devastated Haiti. Bill Clinton and I have been involved in trying to help Haiti for many years." - Hillary Clinton

"A Wedding In Haiti is a great experience and its unaffected prose is as true a portrait of complex Haiti as you will find." - Mark Kurlansky

"Haiti is my country. The same way the Beatles are received in England - that's how Wyclef Jean is received in Haiti, do you know what I mean?" - Wyclef Jean

"When I came in, Haiti was not governed by Haitians anymore. Probably mostly by NGOs. And that has done what to Haiti? It has weakened our institution." - Michel Martelly

"Where there is creativity there is hope and Haiti is the most hopeful place I've experienced" - Donna Karan

"Without question, conditions in the Haiti are worse since Aristide's removal, and continue to deteriorate." - Charles Rangel

"Haiti is closer to anarchy than it is to anything else." - Michele Montas

"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax." - Rush Limbaugh

"Of course, the humans in Haiti have hope. They hope to leave." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Vodou is one of the religions practiced in Haiti, a rich religion for the people." - Edwidge Danticat

"Eruptions of talent continue to happen in Haiti, in spite of everything." - Ben Fountain

"Only, in Haiti, I realized, is it possible to drink rum and haggle with a god." - Wade Davis

"I can't think of a better model for Haiti rebuilding than Rwanda." - Paul Farmer

"I wanted to contribute my time, myself, my knowledge, my love, because Haiti is my everything." - Laurent Lamothe

"The first time Haiti had free and fair democratic elections was 1990, when I was elected." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"There has not been one day since I left that I have not thought about Haiti." - Jean Claude Duvalier

"It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer." - Jean Claude Duvalier

"I am currently in Haiti to help the Haitian people in their reconstruction." - Jean Claude Duvalier

"But I think it's very key that there's a plan for Haiti. And we have to begin to - as progressives and people who are concerned about Haiti and have been concerned about Haiti, we have to begin to build some sort of consensus, a movement around the Haiti that the Haitians envision." - Danny Glover

"Without question, conditions in the Haiti are worse since Aristide's removal, and continue to deteriorate." - Charles B Rangel

"By most accounts, Aristide is the most popular figure in Haiti." - Noam Chomsky

"Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere; some say the poorest in the world." - Helen Fisher

"I am currently in Haiti to help the Haitian people in their reconstruction." - Jeanclaude Duvalier

"It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer." - Jeanclaude Duvalier

"There has not been one day since I left that I have not thought about Haiti." - Jeanclaude Duvalier

"The first time Haiti had free and fair democratic elections was 1990, when I was elected." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, I was on vacation in the Cayman Islands." - Jose Andres Puerta

"I think that looking forward it's easy to imagine more constructive help for Haiti." - Paul Farmer

"Some people talk about Haiti as being the graveyard of development projects." - Paul Farmer

"The work that Partners in Health do in Haiti benefits the whole world." - Win Butler

"I have a huge heart for Haiti and will tell the world how we can help!" - Noah Munck

"I don't know how your theology works, but if Jesus has a choice between stained glass windows and feeding starving kids in Haiti, I have a feeling he'd choose the starving kids in Haiti." - Tony Campolo

"The Attorney General made another astonishing claim, that there were Pakistani terrorists possibly coming on these boats from Haiti. No one has ever seen a Pakistani coming on a boat from Haiti yet." - Edwidge Danticat

"Haiti was a French colony, but in 1804, the slaves rose up and defeated the French and formed the Republic. For the last 200 years, Haiti has had a very unfortunate history." - Thabo Mbeki

"The biggest public health challenge is rebuilding health systems. In other words, if you look at cholera or maternal mortality or tuberculosis in Haiti, they're major problems in Haiti, but the biggest problem is rebuilding systems." - Paul Farmer

"Countries should think of Haiti not as a place where to do charity but a place where to invest and do business. And doing business in Haiti means poverty reduction." - Laurent Lamothe

"The diiference is that in the private sector you work for yourself, and as Prime Minister I work for every single Haitian - inside Haiti and outside - and for all those who love Haiti as well." - Laurent Lamothe

"Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"I am not suggesting that all those missionary organizations working in Haiti should pack up and go home, but I am urging them to understand that Haiti does not need clever Americans with newly contrived schemes for saving their country." - Tony Campolo

"Haiti allowed us to glimpse into a future of what disaster response might look like in a hyper-connected world." - Paul Conneally

"Let's redefine scandal. Scandal is not who's dating who. Scandal is 1.2 million people living in tents in Haiti." - Olivia Wilde

"Haiti is extremely stratified socially with a number of large families controlling most of the economy, and import-export." - Michele Montas

"I would want to make Radio Haiti as independent as possible, which means it can't be strictly commercial." - Michele Montas

"There [Haiti] were also leaders like Jean-Jacques Dessalines, whose motto was, "Cut their heads off, burn their houses."" - Edwidge Danticat

"Life's hard in Haiti right now. And the hardest thing is that the future does not lie with one person." - Edwidge Danticat

"I agree with Bill Clinton that US forces should not be sent to Haiti, but not for his reasons." - Noam Chomsky

"I'm happy to be part of this chorus of people who are trying to tell more complex stories about Haiti." - Edwidge Danticat

"The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive." - Bill Gates

"And the fact that Haiti was occupied for 19 years by the United States, from 1915 to 1934." - Edwidge Danticat

"In Haiti you had the Duvaliers for 29 years and they were very well supported by the United States." - Edwidge Danticat

"I want people to experience what it's like being from Haiti, coming to America, being Wyclef - multicultural, multilingual." - Wyclef Jean

"Dear friends of Haiti, we are indeed on the right track. Slowly but surely we are rising from the ashes." - Laurent Lamothe

"Even before the earthquake in Haiti, only half the country's population had a source of safe drinking water." - Marcus Samuelsson

"The future of Haiti must be linked to the respect of the rights of every single citizen." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"In Haiti, beach bodies are simply bodies, and beach reads are simply books, because the beach is all around you." - Roxane Gay

"The future of Haiti must be linked to the respect of the rights of every single citizen." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"If any country was a mine-shaft canary for the reintroduction of cholera, it was Haiti - and we knew it. And in retrospect, more should have been done to prepare for cholera... which can spread like wildfire in Haiti... This was a big rebuke to all of us working in public health and health care in Haiti." - Paul Farmer

"If you love Black people, why are you destroying Haiti? If you love Black people, why did you, [Hillary] Clinton, stop them from the rice that they were producing in Haiti to feed themselves and other Caribbean nations? You put the rice industry out of business; and now rice is coming from Arkansas, chicken coming from Arkansas, when it once was growing right there in Haiti." - Louis Farrakhan

"I feel I should do everything I can to make a difference in Haiti. My main goal to help the people of Haiti is to give them homes, food, and jobs. It is heartbreaking to see little children sleeping on the ground in tents made of trash bags. I hope that we can put an end to this type of poverty not only in Haiti, but in the entire world." - Noah Munck

"I don't see any negativity with what Brad Pitt is doing with his Make It Right Foundation, or what Sean Penn is trying to do in Haiti." - Spike Lee

"The wages Haiti requires by law belong in the department of science fiction: actual wages on coffee plantations vary from $.07 to $.15 a day" - Eduardo Galeano

"We rushed to Haiti. We Adopt in Asia. We empathize with Africa. But struggle to humanize our struggles here in the states." - LeCrae

"People often think of Haiti as a place where you're not supposed to have any joy. I wanted to show that this is a place with joy." - Edwidge Danticat

"Haiti, like any place, has its security problems; it has a great challenge in terms of establishing a kind of globally acceptable rule of law." - Sean Penn

"I think if you want good things to happen for a country like Haiti, then you need to provide the circumstances where the Haitians can do that." - Sean Penn

"We should be focused on the Haiti earthquake victims, not on what contracts your company should get, if you're a friend of Bill [Clinton]." - Kellyanne Conway

"I suspect the Haitian Ministry of Health's principal contribution to health in Haiti is providing nice, healthy jobs to those Haitians with the connection to get them." - P. J. O'Rourke

"I would love to work with the artisans and take it to another dimension, the same way I did in Haiti." - Donna Karan

"Haiti should remind us all that there is an immediate need to invest in and promote long-term development projects that are sustainable, scalable, and proven to work." - Bill Gates

"People think that there is a country there that these people are only around when they are on CNN. I don't think that's limited to Haiti." - Edwidge Danticat

"With Yele Haiti, the first thing was I'm proud of the organization and the work that the organization has done, and in the future hope to continue doing." - Wyclef Jean

"The structure of apartheid is still rooted in the Haitian society. When you have apartheid, you don't see those behind the walls. That is the reality of Haiti." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"You know, we do not want the militarization of Haiti. We do not see a Haitian as a protectorate where it relinquishes its own sovereignty." - Danny Glover

"I have been curious about Haiti for many years. The history of the country is as fascinating as it is turbulent." - Henry Rollins

"The Haiti that has been waiting for help and not moving no longer exists. Enough handouts; we need hands up. Enough aid; we need trade." - Michel Martelly

"It's so hard to write about countries like Haiti because there's truths behind the misperceptions people have. But there's so much more. There are multiple truths." - Roxane Gay

"One can't do anything alone in Haiti. Sharing and cooperation are so deeply woven into the culture that sometimes it's hard to have a separate thought." - Madison Smartt Bell

"My son graduated high school and went to Haiti to work for his dad's organization and then extended his stay. It's incredible what he's doing." - Robin Wright

"The structure of apartheid is still rooted in the Haitian society. When you have apartheid, you don't see those behind the walls. That is the reality of Haiti." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"An earthquake strikes Haiti, and care packages from America are among the first to arrive - and not far behind are former Presidents Clinton and Bush." - Mitt Romney

"At the same time, it is obvious that clinicians in Haiti are faced with different, and, in fact, greater, challenges when attempting to treat complications of HIV disease." - Paul Farmer

"Two hundred years ago, our precursors in Haiti struck a blow for freedom, which was heard around the world, and across centuries." - Baldwin Spencer

"In my work in Haiti, I've seen the hugely positive effects that happen when people come together to build something in the middle of the most desperate situations." - Olivia Wilde

"For four hundred years the blacks of Haiti had yearned for peace. for three hundred years the island was spoken of as a paradise of riches and pleasures, but that was in reference to the whites to whom the spirit of the land gave welcome. Haiti has meant split blood and tears for blacks." - Zora Neale Hurston

"Haiti is the best cure against melancholy; it is also the most creative place for me to be. My productivity has increased enormously since I moved to Haiti. That's where I write my stories, develop my ideas and write nonstop, so it's a productive time, not a sleepy time." - Jorgen Leth

"That has always been a strength of Haiti: Beyond crisis, it has beautiful art; it has beautiful music. But people have not heard about those as much as they heard about the coups and so forth. I always hope that the people who read me will want to learn more about Haiti." - Edwidge Danticat

"One of the things you don't have in Haiti is you don't have anybody on crack doing something completely out of - that's unpredictable. Even at the worst times in Haiti, the violence that had happened, the lack of security that happened, was largely predictable because it was politically tied." - Sean Penn

"I was at a little Haiti the other day in Florida. And I want to tell you, they hate the Clintons, because what's happened in Haiti with the Clinton Foundation is a disgrace. And you know it, and they know it, and everybody knows it." - Donald Trump

"During the terrorist regime in Haiti in the 1990s, the CIA, under the administration of Bill Clinton, was reporting to Congress that oil shipments had been blocked from entering Haiti. That was just a lie. I was there. You could see the oil terminals being built and the ships coming in." - Noam Chomsky

"I want to see Haiti do better. We have the sun everywhere: that's a big asset. We have wonderful coasts, beautiful islands, mountains. Other countries that have that are known for it, but Haiti has been so focused inwards, on its problems." - Laurent Lamothe

"The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective. Most of the elite suffer from psychogenic amnesia. That means it's not organic amnesia, such as damage caused by brain injury. It's just a matter of psychology." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony, a real ceremony." - Katherine Dunham

"Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru." - Tracy Kidder

"I had a house in Haiti, in the hills above the North Atlantic coast. The house appeared as if out of a dream: my dream to have a foothold in the country. Like many concepts do in Haiti, the phrase 'pied a terre' became literal, material." - Madison Smartt Bell

"The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti." - Jean-Bertrand Aristide

"If you look just at the decades after 1934, you know it's hard to point to really inspired and positive support from outside of Haiti, to Haiti, and much easier to point to either small-minded or downright mean-spirited policies." - Paul Farmer

"Those of you who have been there Haiti know it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has everything. It has everything above the ground, and everything under the ground. It is an amazing place. I strongly recommend that whenever you get a chance, if you haven't been there, that you go to Haiti. I think it was a certain Queen of England who said that after her death Calais would be found written on her heart. When I die, I think that Haiti is going to be written on my heart." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Those of you who have been there Haiti know it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has everything. It has everything above the ground, and everything under the ground. It is an amazing place. I strongly recommend that whenever you get a chance, if you havent been there, that you go to Haiti. I think it was a certain Queen of England who said that after her death Calais would be found written on her heart. When I die, I think that Haiti is going to be written on my heart." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"To read 'Happy Talk' is to crash a party as vivid and surreal as Felini's 8. It's the business of show business, the American dream, told by a chorus of Americans locked just outside of that dream, outside of the United States, relegated to expatriate status on the shores of Haiti. Melo paints a version of Haiti that's an interior landscape perhaps even more than an externalized place. This Haiti is a plan, a memory, a morphine-drip fueled dream out to bond its inhabitants forever." - Monica Drake

"If science ever gets to the bottom of Voodoo in Haiti and Africa, it will be found that some important medical secrets, still unknown to medical science, give it its power, rather than the gestures of ceremony." - Zora Neale Hurston

"Well, it wasn't a holiday, but I had expected to do some sightseeing when I went to Haiti to film a series called 'True Horror' for Discovery. Before I arrived, our film crew were kidnapped and held at knifepoint." - Anthony Stewart Head

"I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when it's at its extreme. And that's what they end up knowing about it." - Edwidge Danticat

"For anyone inclined to caricature environmental history as 'environmental determinism,' the contrasting histories of the Dominican Republic and Haiti provide a useful antidote. Yes, environmental problems do constrain human societies, but the societies' responses also make a difference." - Jared Diamond

"Every time I go to Haiti after a season of busy work in Europe, I feel like I'm submerging into a certain state of mind, which is very productive." - Jorgen Leth

"America's relationship with Haiti has always been very complicated. I often say to people, "Before we came to America, America came to us in the form of the American occupation from 1915 to 1934."" - Edwidge Danticat

"The Hope, Love & Healing necklace is the perfect embodiment of what we are trying to bring to Haiti through safe and sustainable housing, sanitation solutions, and water filtration devices." - Patricia Arquette

"I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when it's at its extreme. And that's what they end up knowing about it." - Edwidge Danticat

"This was a "bad" example for U.S. slaves. Haiti was subjected to an embargo from the United States, which, along with many other countries, refused to recognize this new republic." - Edwidge Danticat

"As a foreign worker in Haiti, speaking for myself, speaking for the workers, our organization is about 95 percent Haitian, but even foreign workers driving through, we have had very minimal security issues." - Sean Penn

"The US intervened in the Philippines to uplift and christianize the backward people, killing a couple of hundred thousand of them and destroying the place. The same thing happened in Haiti, the same thing happened with other countries." - Noam Chomsky

"My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"The nation of Qatar also kicked in $1 million for Bill Clinton's birthday party, so nice. But, as WikiLeaks showed the Clinton's ripped off the people of Haiti as they were suffering and dying after the earthquake." - Donald Trump

"You've got to take responsibility for the hell that you've been giving to our people not only in America, but in Haiti and the Caribbean, and now in Africa. [Hillary] Clinton, your hand is bloody" - Louis Farrakhan

"Haiti, which has been the main target of US intervention throughout the 20th century, is the poorest. And Guatemala, which is maybe the third major target of US intervention, probably ranks third poorest." - Noam Chomsky

"It turned out that [Bill] Clinton had authorized Texaco to illegally ship oil to the military junta [in Haiti] during a time when we were supposedly opposing the military junta and supporting democracy instead." - Noam Chomsky

"I kept going back while I was writing the novel - which never sold, may it rest in peace - and by the time it was finished I had too many connections to Haiti to walk away." - Ben Fountain

"James Buchanan made a great statement on behalf of the right of revolution. Grant restored the gold standard. Harding denounced US imperialism in Haiti. But overall, my favorite president is William Henry Harrison. He keeled over shortly after his inauguration." - Lew Rockwell

"In the West we cling to the past like limpets. In Haiti the present is the axis of all life. As in Africa, past and future are but distant measures of the present, and memories are as meaningless as promises." - Wade Davis

"The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba - yes Cuba too." - Malcolm X

"Also, people are not often aware of the way the United States' policies influence what happens in places like Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua. Or in Columbia right now." - Edwidge Danticat

"I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when It's at its extreme. And that's what they end up knowing about it." - Edwidge Danticat

"Civil and political rights are critical, but not often the real problem for the destitute sick. My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get medical care or clean water." - Paul Farmer

"Since I do not believe that there should be different recommendations for people living in the Bronx and people living in Manhattan, I am uncomfortable making different recommendations for my patients in Boston and in Haiti." - Paul Farmer

"Canadians have been very generous toward Haiti after the earthquake and, thanks to you, our most vulnerable people have received food, drinkable water, shelter, medical care and education. For that, we are extremely grateful." - Laurent Lamothe

"We must consider bringing forward legislation that will facilitate the creation and implementation of businesses in Haiti. Overall, we must better position the country to compete for new market opportunities." - Laurent Lamothe

"I covered Katrina, I've covered the tsunamis, all of them, the Haiti earthquake... you get to a certain point in your career where you say, 'I want to now cover what I want to cover.'" - Soledad Obrien

"As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"I know how the American people care for that democratic principle. They want to see their vote respected. As we in Haiti want to see the vote of the people respected." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"In 1994, when I went back to Haiti from exile, we established a Commission for Truth and Justice and Reconciliation. I passed the documents to the next government, and I never heard about it again." - Jeanbertrand Aristide

"The stakes are very high for us in Haiti. We have many important interests there. Perhaps the most important to me is our interest in the promotion of democracy in this hemisphere." - Warren Christopher

"The people in the United States are some of the most generous people in the world. We saw it in Haiti. We saw it with Katrina. When devastation strikes, American people want to step up." - Ertharin Cousin

"For the kind of thing that we were showing, the budget was sufficient. As we were speaking of in Haiti, we had not done that before in exactly this form and we had to have costumes for it." - Katherine Dunham

"While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos." - Eliot Engel

"What happened to Haiti is a threat that could happen anywhere in the Caribbean to these island nations, you know, because of global warming, because of climate change and all this." - Danny Glover

"Well, it wasn't a holiday, but I had expected to do some sightseeing when I went to Haiti to film a series called 'True Horror' for Discovery. Before I arrived, our film crew were kidnapped and held at knifepoint." - Anthony Head

"Red carpets are pretty unpredictable. You can go from one person asking you what you're wearing to the next person asking you about the situation in Haiti. It's the extreme juxtaposition, and some of the questions can throw me!" - Keith Urban

"In February 2004, the two traditional torturers of Haiti - France and the United States - combined to back a military coup and send President Aristide off to Africa. The U.S. denies him permission to return to the entire region." - Noam Chomsky

"I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization. I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment. It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap." - Tracy Kidder



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