A Spirit of Tolerance: Life and Teachings of Tierno Bokar1980
He taught us never to kill an animal unnecessarily, even a mosquito. For him, all nature, animals and plants included, had to be respected because he was not only our Mother Earth, but also the great divine Book, where everything was a living symbol and a source of teaching.
Amadou Hampaté Bâ (1980) A Spirit of Tolerance: Life and Teachings of Tierno Bokar. World Wisdom Books. USA. (ISBN13: 9781933316475). Translated by Louis Brenner, from from the French original: Amadou Hampaté Bâ (1980). Vie et enseignement de Tierno Bokar. Le Sage de Bandiagara. Editions du Seuil. Points Sagesses, p. 162. ISBN: 2-02-005657-7.