Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian of Igbo Origin. He excelled in school and was offered a scholarship to study medicine but he chose to study literature which he found fascinating. His book Things fall apart gained him worldwide attention.
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He also wrote other books like Arrow of God, No longer at ease, A man of the people, and Anthills of the Savannah.
He held a chief title in the Igbo land. Therefore his novels focused on the Igbo society. He wrote about the effects of Christianity and westernization on the Igbo traditional value. He relied strongly on Igbo traditional religion, proverbs, and oratory. He was also a professor of African studies at Brown University.
Inspiring Chinua Achebe Quotes.
“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” Chinua Achebe
“The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.” Chinua Achebe
“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
“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
“To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.” Chinua Achebe
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“Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.” Chinua Achebe
“My weapon is literature.” 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.” Chinua Achebe
“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” Chinua Achebe
“Nobody can teach me who I am.” Chinua Achebe
“…when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.” Chinua Achebe
“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
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Chinua Achebe
“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
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“The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.” Chinua Achebe
“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.” Chinua Achebe
“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
“…Nothing puzzles God.” Chinua Achebe
“There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” Chinua Achebe
“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.” Chinua Achebe
“Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology.” Chinua Achebe
“That we are surrounded by deep mysteries is known to all but the incurably ignorant.” Chinua Achebe
“In my definition I am a protest writer, with restraint.” Chinua Achebe
“It is the story that owns and directs us. It is the thing that makes us different from cattle; it is the mark on the face that sets one people apart from their neighbors.” Chinua Achebe
“The sun will shine on those who stand, before it shines on those who kneel under them.” Chinua Achebe Quotes