micere githae mugo

All cowards, all brutes and bullies behave the same way. Show fear,
a tail in your mouth and they threaten thunder and rain. They
humiliate you, insult you, injure you. Show that you are a human
being: struggle, fight back and it becomes their turn to run away, to
flatter you, to try and make you their friends
— 

The Trial of Dedan Kimathi

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o & Micere Mugo