“European imperialism long ago made Tahiti a distant suburb of Paris, the missionaries made it a suburb of Christ's kingdom, and the radio made it a suburb of Los Angeles”
“Aren't you [Tahiti Lagoons] one of the seven wonders of the Paradise of painters?”
“Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti”
“Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not”
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu
“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”
Henry Louis Mencken
“The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages - as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already”
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