Chinua Achebe, The Legend Lives On. 17 Chinua Achebe Quotes.

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Chinua Achebe was born on 16 November 1930. He was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic His first novel, “Things Fall Apart”, remains the most widely studied, translated and read African novel.


Below are 17 of the legend’s timeless quotes.

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

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

3. 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.

4. Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

5. The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.

6. To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.

7. 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.

8. A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.

9. 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.

10. We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.

11. Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.

12. There is no story that is not true.

13. 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.

14. If you don’t like my story,write your own

15. If I hold her hand she says, ‘Don’t touch!’
If I hold her foot she says ‘Don’t touch!’
But when I hold her waist-beads she pretends not to know.

16. My weapon is literature

17. When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk

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