chinua achebe Quotes

Writers don't give prescriptions. They give headaches!
— Chinua Achebe
Privilege, you see, is one of the great adversaries of the imagination; it spreads a thick layer of adipose tissue over our sensitivity.
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: failure men heart alone despair pride fail
— Chinua Achebe
When we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.
tags: risk
— Chinua Achebe
Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
— Chinua Achebe
People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.
tags: people stories
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: children people age achievement child
— Chinua Achebe
When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk
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— Chinua Achebe
If you don't like my story,write your own
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: human control church spirit congress university
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: suffering worries
— Chinua Achebe
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
tags: integrity
— Chinua Achebe
My weapon is literature
tags: literature
— Chinua Achebe
Charity... is the opium of the privileged.
tags: charity
— Chinua Achebe
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
tags: pleasure knowing
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: people world true stories
— Chinua Achebe
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.
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: work world lies charity real
— Chinua Achebe
The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.
tags: world
— Chinua Achebe
An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb
tags: women
— Chinua Achebe
In my definition I am a protest writer, with restraint.
tags: definition
— Chinua Achebe
Procrastination is a lazy man's apology.
tags: lazy procrastination
— Chinua Achebe
That we are surrounded by deep mysteries is known to all but the incurably ignorant.
tags: mystery
— Chinua Achebe
There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.
tags: men saying
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: people world experience stories
— Chinua Achebe
A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
tags: men respect greatness
— Chinua Achebe
Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.
— Chinua Achebe
Women and music should not be dated.
tags: women music
— Chinua Achebe
There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.
tags: power oneself morals
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: earth
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: people society thinking stories
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: memory meaning
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: men
— Chinua Achebe
The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
tags: people world
— Chinua Achebe
A child cannot pay for its mother's milk.
tags: children child mother
— Chinua Achebe
It always surprised him when he thought of it later that he did not sink under the load of despair.
tags: thoughts despair
— Chinua Achebe
A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.
— Chinua Achebe
A budding writer wants to be encouraged.
— Chinua Achebe
When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.
tags: strength
— Chinua Achebe
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.
tags: men young mother
— Chinua Achebe
chinua achebe
Birth    : November 16, 1930
Death  : March 21, 2013
Occupation  : Novelist