Chinua Achebe Quotes & Sayings

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49 most famous Chinua Achebe quotes and sayings (writer). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Chinua Achebe Quotes
“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”
Chinua Achebe Quotes
“When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.”
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.”
“Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it's far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do - it can make us identify with situations and people far away.”
“I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.”
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.”
“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.”
“The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.”
Chinua Achebe Quotes
“A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.”
Chinua Achebe Quotes
“A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.”

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