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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Sometimes she worried that she was too happy. . . And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away."

Sometimes she worried that she was too happy. . . And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Maybe it’s time to just scrap the word “racist.” Find something new. Like Racial Disorder Syndrome. And we could have different categories for sufferers of this syndrome: mild, medium, and acute."

Maybe it’s time to just scrap the word “racist.” Find something new. Like Racial Disorder Syndrome. And we could have different categories for sufferers of this syndrome: mild, medium, and acute.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "smiling a smile full of things restrained"

smiling a smile full of things restrained



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Ma? I think you have the spirit of husband-repelling. You are too hard, ma, you will not find a husband. But my pastor can destroy that spirit."

Ma? I think you have the spirit of husband-repelling. You are too hard, ma, you will not find a husband. But my pastor can destroy that spirit.




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice."

Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Ifemelu thought about the expression "sweet girl." Sweet girl meant that, for a long time, Don had molded Ranyinudo into a malleable shape, or that she had allowed him to think he had."

Ifemelu thought about the expression "sweet girl." Sweet girl meant that, for a long time, Don had molded Ranyinudo into a malleable shape, or that she had allowed him to think he had.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "A book did not qualify as literature unless it had polysyllabic words and incomprehensible passages."

A book did not qualify as literature unless it had polysyllabic words and incomprehensible passages.




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "...she thought of him as a person who did not have a normal spine, but had instead, a firm reed of goodness."

...she thought of him as a person who did not have a normal spine, but had instead, a firm reed of goodness.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch"

he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "White writers can be blunt about race and get all activist because their anger isn’t threatening"

White writers can be blunt about race and get all activist because their anger isn’t threatening



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "They never said “I don’t know.” They said, instead, “I’m not sure, ” which did not give any information but still suggested the possibility of knowledge."

They never said “I don’t know.” They said, instead, “I’m not sure, ” which did not give any information but still suggested the possibility of knowledge.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "There are many different ways to be poor in the world but increasingly there seems to be one single way to be rich."

There are many different ways to be poor in the world but increasingly there seems to be one single way to be rich.




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "It doesn't have to be dreads. You can wear an Afro, or braids like you used to. There's a lot you can do with natural hair"

It doesn't have to be dreads. You can wear an Afro, or braids like you used to. There's a lot you can do with natural hair



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I'm Jamaican or I'm Ghanaian. America doesn't care."

Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I'm Jamaican or I'm Ghanaian. America doesn't care.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Try more strategy and less force. Passion never wins any game, never mind what they say.” He said something similar now: “Excuses don’t win a game. You should try strategy."

Try more strategy and less force. Passion never wins any game, never mind what they say.” He said something similar now: “Excuses don’t win a game. You should try strategy.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "femelu could not understand this, her mother’s ability to tell herself stories about her reality that did not even resemble her reality"

femelu could not understand this, her mother’s ability to tell herself stories about her reality that did not even resemble her reality



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "Soon, " he said in his letter. They said "soon" to each other often, and "soon" gave their plan the weight of something real."

Soon, " he said in his letter. They said "soon" to each other often, and "soon" gave their plan the weight of something real.



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah Quotes: "In America, racism exists but racists are all gone."

In America, racism exists but racists are all gone.