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    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: failure  men  heart  alone  despair  pride  fail 
     
    When we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: risk 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: people  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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: moon 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: suffering  worries 
     
    One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: integrity 
     
    My weapon is literature
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: literature 
     
    Charity... is the opium of the privileged.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: charity 
     
    To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: pleasure  knowing 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: people  world  true  stories 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: work  world  lies  charity  real 
     
    The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: world 
     
    An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: women 
     
    In my definition I am a protest writer, with restraint.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: definition 
     
    Procrastination is a lazy man's apology.
    — Chinua Achebe
    That we are surrounded by deep mysteries is known to all but the incurably ignorant.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: mystery 
     
    There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: men  saying 
     
    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
    A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: men  respect  greatness 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: women  music 
     
    There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: power  oneself  morals 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: earth 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: memory  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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: men 
     
    The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: people  world 
     
    A child cannot pay for its mother's milk.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: children  child  mother 
     
    It always surprised him when he thought of it later that he did not sink under the load of despair.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: thoughts  despair 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: strength 
     
    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.
    — Chinua Achebe
    tags: men  young  mother 
     
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    chinua achebe
    Birth    : November 16, 1930
    Death  : March 21, 2013
    Occupation  : Novelist