Writers don't give prescriptions. They give headaches!
Privilege, you see, is one of the great adversaries of the imagination; it spreads a thick layer of adipose tissue over our sensitivity.
Do not despair. I know you will not despair. You have a manly and a proud heart. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
When we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.
Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.
Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.
When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk
If you don't like my story,write your own
Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit -- in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.
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.
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
Charity... is the opium of the privileged.
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
There is no story that is not true, The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
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.
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.
The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.
An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb
In my definition I am a protest writer, with restraint.
Procrastination is a lazy man's apology.
That we are surrounded by deep mysteries is known to all but the incurably ignorant.
There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.
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.
A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.
Women and music should not be dated.
There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.
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.
Some people flinch when you talk about art in the context of the needs of society thinking you are introducing something far too common for a discussion of art. Why should art have a purpose and a use? Art shouldn't be concerned with purpose and reason and need, they say. These are improper. But from the very beginning, it seems to me, stories have indeed been meant to be enjoyed, to appeal to that part of us which enjoys good form and good shape and good sound.
It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have - otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.
You do not know me,' said Tortoise. "˜I am a changed man. I have learned that a man who makes trouble for others makes trouble for himself.
The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
A child cannot pay for its mother's milk.
It always surprised him when he thought of it later that he did not sink under the load of despair.
A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.
A budding writer wants to be encouraged.
When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.
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.