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Chinua Achebe Quote: “Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology.”

Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology.

— Chinua Achebe



Chinua Achebe Quote: “If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.”

If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.”

Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “There is that great proverb – that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

There is that great proverb – that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “My weapon is literature.”

My weapon is literature.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “As a rule I don’t like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely.”

As a rule I don’t like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.”

If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.”

The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”

When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.

— Chinua Achebe



Chinua Achebe Quote: “When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.”

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.”

People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “The lizard that jumped from a high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did.”

The lizard that jumped from a high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”

The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “When a mad man walks naked, it is his kinsmen who feel shame, not himself.”

When a mad man walks naked, it is his kinsmen who feel shame, not himself.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.”

There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.”

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “When brothers fight to death a stranger inherit their father’s estate.”

When brothers fight to death a stranger inherit their father’s estate.

— Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Quote: “An angry man is always a stupid man.”

An angry man is always a stupid man.

— Chinua Achebe


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