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Chinua Achebe Quote: “My people have a saying which my father often used. A man whose horse is missing will look everywhere even in the roof.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Ghana and Nigeria resented each other and competed for supremacy in every sphere – politics, academia, sports, you name it.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Clearly there is no moral obligation to write in any particular way. But there is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “If my enemy speaks the truth I will not say because it is spoken by my enemy I will not listen.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “The poor of the world may be guilty of this and that particular fault or foolishness, but if we are fair we will admit that nothing they have done or left undone quite explains all the odds we see stacked up against them. We are sometimes tempted to look upon the poor as so many ne’er-do-wells we can simply ignore. But they will return to haunt our peace, because they are greater than their badge of suffering, because they are human.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “But let the slave who sees another cast into a shallow grave know that he will be buried in the same way when his day comes.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Have you not heard that when two brothers fight a stranger reaps the harvest?”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Africa never spared those who did what they liked instead of what they had to do.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Ghana was a particularly relevant example for us subjects in the remaining colonies and dominions of the British Empire. There was a growing confidence, not just a feeling, that we would do just as well parting ways with Her Majesty’s empire. If Ghana seemed more effective, as some of our people like to say, perhaps it was because she was smaller in size and neat, as if it was tied together more delicately by well-groomed, expert hands.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Nations enshrine mediocrity as their modus operandi, and create the fertile ground for the rise of tyrants and other base elements of the society, by silently assenting to the dismantling of systems of excellence because they do not immediately benefit one specific ethnic, racial, political, or special-interest group. That, in my humble opinion, is precisely where Nigeria finds itself today!”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “I do not see that it is necessary for any people to prove to another that they build cathedrals or pyramids before they can be entitled to peace and safety.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “My father used to say that it is the fear of causing offense that makes men swallow poison.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “A man who asks questions does not lose his way; that is what our fathers taught us.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “Children left their old parents at home and scattered in all directions in search of money. It was hard on an old woman with eight children. It was like having a river and yet washing one’s hands with spittle.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “That we may accept a limitation on our actions but never, under no circumstances, must we accept restriction on our thinking.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “When you have paid a hundred and thirty pounds bride-price and you are only a second-class clerk, you find you haven’t got any more to spare on other women.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “As the saying goes, the unexamined life is not worth-living.”
Chinua Achebe Quote: “His mind, never content with shallow satisfactions, crept to the brink of knowing. What kind of power was it if it would never be used?”
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