Chinua Achebe Quotes

  • When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.
  • 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.
  • The most important thing about myself is that my life has been full of changes. Therefore, when I observe the world, I don't expect to see it just like I was seeing the fellow who lives in the next room.
  • Oh, the most important thing about myself is that my life has been full of changes. Therefore, when I observe the world, I don't expect to see it just like I was seeing the fellow who lives in the next room.
  • A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
  • Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.
  • One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
  • When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.
  • The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
  • I was a supporter of the desire, in my section of Nigeria, to leave the federation because it was treated very badly with something that was called genocide in those days.
  • 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.
  • The relationship with my people, the Nigerian people, is very good. My relationship with the rulers has always been problematic.
  • Americans, it seems to me, tend to protect their children from the harshness of life, in their interest.
  • The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.
  • People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck.
  • People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.
  • The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.
  • In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn't perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.
  • Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.
  • The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don't always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!
  • A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.
  • What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens - whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender.
  • When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.