The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

ā€” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most tremendous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

Of course I am not worried about intimidating men.

The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.

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There are people who dislike you because you do not dislike yourself.

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Our society teaches a woman at a certain age who is unmarried to see it as a deep personal failure. While a man at a certain age who is unmarried has not quite come around to making his pick.

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There are people who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not crawl, once

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Privilege blinds, because it's in its nature to blind.

Don't let it blind you too often. Sometimes you will need to push it aside in order to see clearly.

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You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man.

Do you hear me?' Aunty Ifeka said. 'Your life belongs to you and you alone.

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I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity.

And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.

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We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.

We say to girls 'You can have ambition, but not too much'.

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You can have ambition But not too much You should aim to be successful But not too successful Otherwise you will threaten the man

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This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles.

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There are some things that are so unforgivable that they make other things easily forgivable.

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The real tragedy of our postcolonial world is not that the majority of people had no say in whether or not they wanted this new world; rather, it is that the majority have not been given the tools to negotiate this new world.

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About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Quotes 121 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Iā€™m very feminist in the way I look at the world, and that worldview must somehow be part of my work.

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I am a strong believer in the ability of human beings to change for the better.

I am a strong believer in trying to change what we are dissatisfied with.

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Is love this misguided need to have you beside me most of the time? Is love this safety I feel in our silences? Is it this belonging, this completeness?

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I am a bit of a fundamentalist when it comes to black women's hair.

Hair is hair - yet also about larger questions: self-acceptance, insecurity and what the world tells you is beautiful. For many black women, the idea of wearing their hair naturally is unbearable.

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I recently spoke at a university where a student told me it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had recently read a novel called American Psycho,and that it was a shame that young Americans were serial murderers.

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Why must we always talk about race anyway? Can't we just be human beings? And Professor Hunk replied - that is exactly what white privilege is, that you can say that. Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.

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Feminist: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

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I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied - about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works - and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.

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...there was cement in her soul. It had been there for a while, an early morning disease of fatigue, shapeless desires, brief imaginary glints of other lives she could be living, that over the months melded into a piercing homesickness.

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We do not just risk repeating history if we sweep it under the carpet, we also risk being myopic about our present.

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When I'm in a good mood I like to cook.

But I don't like saying it in public because I find myself being resentful of the idea; "Now you will make a good wife. You can cook, right?" So when people ask me I go, "No, I don't like cooking!"

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For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem acknowledge that.

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That her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out

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Being defiant can be a good thing sometimes," Aunty Ifeoma said.

"Defiance is like marijuana - it is not a bad thing when it is used right.

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Richard exhaled. It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal to one dead white person.

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Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.

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You can't write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it.

You have to let yourself be.

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Red was the blood of the siblings massacred in the North, black was for mourning them, green was for the prosperity Biafra would have, and, finally, the half of a yellow sun stood for the glorious future.

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I didn't want to be apologetic about my love story, and I think to be willing to write about love you have to be willing to sound foolish. I wanted to write about foolish and goofy love and different relationships. I wanted to write about interracial relationships in a way that does not pretend as if race does not exist.

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He was already looking at their relationship through the lens of the past tense.

It puzzled her, the ability of romantic love to mutate, how quickly a loved one could become a stranger. Where did the love go? Perhaps real love was familial, somehow, linked to blood, since love for children did not die as romantic love did.

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Show a people as one thing - as only one thing - over and over again, and that is what they become.

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Papa sat down at the table and poured his tea from the china tea set with pink flowers on the edges. I waited for him to ask Jaja and me to take a sip, as he always did. A love sip, he called it, because you shared the little things you loved with the people you love.

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When it comes to dressing well, American culture is so self-fulfilled that it has not only disregarded this courtesy of self-presentation, but has turned that disregard into a virtue. "We are too superior/busy/cool/not-uptight to bother about how we look to other people, and so we can wear pajamas to school and underwear to the mall.

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Lasting love has to be built on mutual regard and respect.

It is about seeing the other person. I am very interested in relationships and, when I watch couples, sometimes I can sense a blindness has set in. They have stopped seeing each other. It is not easy to see another person.

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I am interested in challenging the mainstream ideas of what is beautiful and what is acceptable.

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At some point I was a HappyAfricanFeminist who does not hate men.

And who likes lip gloss and who wears high heels for herself but not for men.

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Your life belongs to you and you alone.

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I live half the year in Nigeria, the other half in the U.

S. But home is Nigeria - it always will be. I consider myself a Nigerian who is comfortable in the world. I look at it through Nigerian eyes.

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Greatness depends on where you are coming from.

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Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier.

Black folks don't have that choice.

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Because I am female, Iā€™m expected to aspire to marriage.

I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important.

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I think human beings exist in a social world.

I write realistic fiction, and so it isn't that surprising that the social realities of their existence would be part of the story.

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Then she wished, more rationally, that she could love him without needing him.

Need gave him power without his trying; need was the choicelessness she often felt around him.

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When the writing is going well, I'm obsessive.

I don't shower, I don't take phone calls, I hardly respond to text messages, I don't do email. I take breaks only to read, and usually I read poetry. When it's not going well, I just lie in bed and eat chocolate.

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I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external, the kind of fiction that Jane Smiley nicely describes as 'first and foremost about how individuals fit, or don't fit, into their social worlds.'

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I had consumed a lot of American culture, but I was not quite prepared for the reality of American poverty.

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About 52% of the world's population is female.

But most of the positions of power and prestige are occupied by men. The late Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai put it simply and well when she said 'The higher you go, the fewer women there are.'

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