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Chinua Achebe Quote: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man who lived on the banks of the Niger should not wash his hands with spittle.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A boy sent by his father to steal does not go stealthily but breaks the door with his feet.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don’t then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then know that something is after its life.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Literature, whether handed down by word or mouth or in print, gives us a second handle on reality.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “She pouted her lips like a gun in my face.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A goat does not eat into a hen’s stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Whatever music you beat on your drum there is somebody who can dance to it.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “He who brings kola brings life.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A coward may cover the ground with his words but when the time comes to fight he runs away.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Become familiar with your home, but know also about your neighbors. The young man who never went anywhere thinks his mother is the greatest cook.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn’t perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: ‘He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.’”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A disease that has never been seen before cannot be cured with every-day herbs.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “My parents were early converts to Christianity in my part of Nigeria. They were not just converts; my father was an evangelist, a religious teacher. He and my mother traveled for thirty-five years to different parts of Igboland, spreading the gospel.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “I’ve had trouble now and again in Nigeria because I have spoken up about the mistreatment of factions in the country because of difference in religion. These are things we should put behind us.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “If I hold her hand she says, ‘Don’t touch!’ If I hold her foot she says ‘Don’t touch!’ But when I hold her waist-beads she pretends not to know.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “It’s true that a child belongs to its father. But when a father beats his child, it seeks sympathy in its mother’s hut. A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you. She is buried there. And that is why we say that mother is supreme.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Men have learned to shoot without missing their mark and I have learned to fly without perching on a twig.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A kinsman in trouble had to be saved, not blamed; anger against a brother was felt in the flesh, not in the bone.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “What is modesty but inverted pride?”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Women and music should not be dated.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Nobody can teach me who I am.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Do you blame a vulture for perching over a carcass?”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man’s life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity – that it’s this or maybe that – you have just one large statement; it is this.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Joseph Conrad was a thoroughgoing racist. That this simple truth is glossed over in criticisms of his work is due to the fact that white racism against Africa is such a normal way of thinking that its manifestations go completely unremarked.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Travellers with closed minds can tell us little except about themselves.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A debt may get mouldy, but it never decays.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man to whom you do a favor will not understand if you say nothing, make no noise, just walk away. You may cause more trouble by refusing a bribe than by accepting it.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “In such a regime, I say, you died a good death if your life had inspired someone to come forward and shoot your murderer in the chest-without asking to be paid.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “They say a man is like a funeral ram which must take whatever beating comes to it without opening its mouth; only the silent tremor of pain down its body tells of its suffering.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane. H. P. LOVECRAFT, attributed, Telling It Like It Is Dancing is very important nowadays. No girl will look at you if you can’t dance.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Children are young, but they’re not naive. And they’re honest. They’re not going to keep wide awake if the story is boring. When they get excited you can see it in their eyes.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The impatient idealist says: ‘Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.’ But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “If one finger brings oil it soils the others.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “As our fathers said, you can tell a ripe corn by its look.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When a new saying gets to the land of empty men, they lose their heads over it.”
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