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Chinua Achebe Quotes: "There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."

There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.




Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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 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.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair."

The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "When brothers fight to death a stranger inherit their father’s estate"

When brothers fight to death a stranger inherit their father’s estate



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all."

If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.




Chinua Achebe Quotes: "As long as one people sit on another and are deaf to their cry, so long will understanding and peace elude all of us."

As long as one people sit on another and are deaf to their cry, so long will understanding and peace elude all of us.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised."

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place."

The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness"

A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform."

Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.




Chinua Achebe Quotes: "A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be."

A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless."

There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership."

A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them."

The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "There is no story that is not true."

There is no story that is not true.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own."

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday."

A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babies."

You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babies.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Privilege, you see, is one of the great adversaries of the imagination; it spreads a thick layer of adipose tissue over our sensitivity."

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 Quotes: "...when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly."

...when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "If you have leaders who are prepared to incite group against group it is very easy to manufacture reasons and excuses."

If you have leaders who are prepared to incite group against group it is very easy to manufacture reasons and excuses.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Nobody can teach me who I am."

Nobody can teach me who I am.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "As a rule I don't like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely."

As a rule I don't like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged."

Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "When a coward sees a man he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight."

When a coward sees a man he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use."

The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens - whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender."

What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens - whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Whatever music you beat on your drum there is somebody who can dance to it."

Whatever music you beat on your drum there is somebody who can dance to it.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."

Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten."

Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories."

People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Literature, whether handed down by word or mouth or in print, gives us a second handle on reality."

Literature, whether handed down by word or mouth or in print, gives us a second handle on reality.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience."

The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "An artist in my view is always afraid of extremists; he is always afraid of those who claim to have found the ultimate solution to any question."

An artist in my view is always afraid of extremists; he is always afraid of those who claim to have found the ultimate solution to any question.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "An angry man is always a stupid man."

An angry man is always a stupid man.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them."

People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Dancing is very important nowadays. No girl will look at you if you can't dance."

Dancing is very important nowadays. No girl will look at you if you can't dance.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own."

If you don't like someone's story, write your own.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "No man however great is greater than his people"

No man however great is greater than his people



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "Living fire begets cold, impotent ash."

Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.



Chinua Achebe Quotes: "The lizard that jumped from a high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did."

The lizard that jumped from a high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did.