10 Thoughtful Quotes By Chinua Achebe

Quote is an expression; the right quote they say adds spice, interest, thoughts, support and respect to one’s writing.

Many people have written different quote to illustrate and talk about life, death, love, history and so many other things you can think of.

Let’s take a look at 10 thoughtful quote from a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic, Chinua Achebe, born on 16 November 1930 and died on 21 March 2013, age 83.

He is well know for his novel “Things Fall Apart” which was published in 1958. The novel was considered his best and is the most widely read novel in modern African literature.

He also had his hand on other notable works, which include: No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, Girls At War, Beware Soul Brother, Morning Yet on Creation Day and The Trouble with nigeria.

Quotes by Chinua Achebe are always coated with wisdom and knowledge, which can aid anyone to look at life from different perspective.

Here are 10 Thoughtful quotes by chinua Achebe:

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.
4.When brothers fight to death a stranger inherit their father’s estate.
5. Man is sitting disconsolate on an anthill one morning. God asks him what the matter is and man replies that the soil is too swampy for the cultivation of the yams which God has directed him to grow. God tells him to bring in a blacksmith to dry the soil with his bellows. The contribution of humanity to this creation is so important. God could have made the world perfect if he had wanted. But he made it the way it is. So that there is a constant need for us to discuss and cooperate to make it more habitable, so the soil can yield, you see.
6. Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.
7.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.
8. 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.’
9. I believe in the complexity of the human story, and that there’s no way you can tell that story in one way and say, ‘this is it.’ Always there will be someone who can tell it differently depending on where they are standing … this is the way I think the world’s stories should be told: from many different perspectives.
10. A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
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