Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Nicholas D. Kristof, fully Nicholas Donabet Kristof

American Journalist, Author, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes

"This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you'll just open your heart and join in."

"We all might ask ourselves why we tune in to these more trivial matters and tune out when it comes to Darfur."

"When anesthesia was developed, it was for many decades routinely withheld from women giving birth, since women were supposed to suffer. One of the few societies to take a contrary view was the Huichol tribe in Mexico. The Huichol believed that the pain of childbirth should be shared, so the mother would hold on to a string tied to her husband's testicles. With each painful contraction, she would give the string a yank so that the man could share the burden. Surely if such a mechanism were more widespread, injuries in childbirth would garner more attention."

"Women aren't the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity."

"Women aged fifteen through forty-four are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined."

"You will be judged in years to come by how you responded to genocide on your watch."

"While Americans have heard of Darfur and think we should be doing more there, they aren't actually angry at the president about inaction."

"You would see people going back to homes that had been burned, putting thatch over their structures again. They still couldn't leave the area without the danger of men being killed or women being raped, but it was a start."