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Chinua Achebe Quote: “As our fathers said, you can tell a ripe corn by its look.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The language of young men is pull down and destroy; but an old man speaks of conciliation.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “No man however great is greater than his people.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it’s far removed from your situation.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens – whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Writers don’t give prescriptions. They give headaches!”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “People from different parts of the world can respond to the same story if it says something to them about their own history and their own experience.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use. The African writer should aim to use English in a way that brings out his message best without altering the language to the extent that its value as a medium of international exchange will be lost. He should aim at fashioning out an English which is at once universal and able to carry his peculiar experience.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Real tragedy is never resolved. It goes on hopelessly for ever.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Don’t disparage the day that still has an hour of light in its hand.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A chief does not hurry.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “It is difficult to express the reality of Ibo society in classical English.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “In my definition I am a protest writer, with restraint.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When I began going to school and learned to read, I encountered stories of other people and other lands.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Those whose kernels were cracked by benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A person who has not secured a place on the floor should not begin to look for a mat.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “In dealing with a man who thinks you are a fool, it is good sometimes to remind him that you know what he knows but have chosen to appear foolish for the sake of peace.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “As long as one people sit on another and are deaf to their cry, so long will understanding and peace elude all of us.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “He who fights for a ne’er-do-well has nothing to show for it except a head covered in earth and grime.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Fortunately, among these people a man was judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A fox must be chased away first; after that the hen might be warned against wandering into the bush.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “We have heard stories about white men who make the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A child cannot pay for its mother’s milk.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “If we have any role at all, I think it’s the role of optimism, not blind or stupid optimism, but the kind which is meaningful, one that is rather close to that notion of the world which is not perfect, but which can be improved. In other words, we don’t just sit and hope that things will work out; we have a role to play to make that come about.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A snake was never called by its name at night, because it would hear. It was called a string.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Looking at a king’s mouth, ′ said an old man, ’one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “If the clan did not exact punishment for an offense against the great goddess, her wrath was loosed on all the land and not just on the offender. As the elders said, if one finger brought oil it soiled all the others.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “After a war life catches desperately at passing hints of normalcy like vines entwining a hollow twig.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Having spoken plainly so far, Okoye said the next half a dozen sentences in proverbs. Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “I am against people reaping where they have not sown. But we have a saying that if you want to eat a toad you should look for a fat and juicy one.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The air, which had been stretched taut with excitement, relaxed again.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The writer cannot expect to be excused from the task of reeducation and regeneration that must be done. In fact, he should march right in front.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord’s holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life – to drive the crowd away from His church.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “And how is my daughter, Ezinma?” “She has been very well for some time now. Perhaps she has come to stay.” “I think she has. How old is she now?” “She is about ten years old.” “I think she will stay. They usually stay if they do not die before the age of six.” “I pray she stays,” said Ekwefi with a heavy sigh. The.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “I have so many ideas; there are so many things that need to be done, so many possibilities, you know; one is terribly excited, but at the same time, you’re almost confused, because you don’t know where to begin.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “We do not ask for wealth because he that has health and children will also have wealth. We do not pray to have money but to have more kinsmen. We are better than animals because we have kinsmen. An animal rubs its itching flank against a tree, a man asks his kinsman to scratch him.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When we hear a house has fallen do we ask if the ceiling fell with it?”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When there is a big tree small ones climb on its back to reach the sun.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Dancing is very important nowadays. No girl will look at you if you can’t dance.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Contradictions if well understood and managed can spark off the fires of invention. Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Real tragedy is never resolved. It goes on hopelessly forever. Conventional tragedy is too easy. The hero dies and we feel a purging of the emotions. A real tragedy takes place in a corner, in an untidy spot, to quote W. H. Auden. The rest of the world is unaware of it.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The writer is often faced with two choices – turn away from the reality of life’s intimidating complexity or conquer its mystery by battling with it. The writer who chooses the former soon runs out of energy and produces elegantly tired fiction.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don’t always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!”
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