CHINUA ACHEBE QUOTES

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

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

“A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.”

“Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.”

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.”

“The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it’s about us, it’s about the reader.”

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

“There is no story that is not true.”

“If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.”

“Age is not a disease.”

“The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” GHEEBAT QUOTES IN ENGLISH

“Whenever you see a wall, it means there is a door somewhere waiting for you to find it.”

“We cannot pretend that we do not see what is going on in the world. We cannot refuse to hear the shrieks of help and the screams of pain that afflict millions of human beings on this earth. We cannot turn our backs on these people and say they are not our brothers and sisters.”

“If you want to eat a toad, it is best to look for a fat and juicy one.”

“The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.”

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

“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.”

“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.”

“The world is large, its problems are many and varied, and its people are not always what they seem.”

“When a man says yes, his chi says yes also.”

“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

“I would be quite content if I could spend eternity sitting at a desk, writing and rewriting the same sentence.”