There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.— Chinua Achebe
The most lavish Chinua Achebe quotes that will activate your desire to change
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.'
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.
A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
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.
If you don't like someones story, write your own.
The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.
Mosquito [...] had asked Ear to marry him, whereupon Ear fell on the floor in uncontrollable laughter. "How much longer do you think you will live?" she asked. "You are already a skeleton." Mosquito went away humiliated, and any time he passed her way he told Ear that he was still alive.
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.
As long as one people sit on another and are deaf to their cry, so long will understanding and peace elude all of us.
A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.
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.
There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.
The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.
There is no story that is not true.
People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them. This is what people have come to expect. Its not viewed as a serious continent. Its a place of strange, bizarre and illogical things, where people dont do what common sense demands.
A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.
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.
You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babies.
...when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.
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.
When a mad man walks naked, it is his kinsmen who feel shame, not himself.
Now one of the changes that must come to Africa is the idea of limited rule, I mean in term of how long one leader can stay in power. The era of president for life is not gone yet but it is on its way out and that is one of the problems with Mugabe and others.
Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.
The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use.
The world is large,” said Okonkwo. “I have even heard that in some tribes a man’s children belong to his wife and her family.” “That cannot be,” said Machi. “You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babies.
What I can say is that it was clear to many of us that an indigenous African literary renaissance was overdue. A major objective was to challenge stereotypes, myths, and the image of ourselves and our continent, and to recast them through stories- prose, poetry, essays, and books for our children. That was my overall goal.
It is only the story...that saves our progeny from blundering like blind beggars into the spikes of the cactus fence.The story is our escort;without it,we are blind.Does the blind man own his escort?No,neither do we the story;rather,it is the story that owns us.
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.
Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
I think not just Nigeria but I think the whole of Africa has to turn back to the rural areas and that's where the majority of the citizens are and that's where the engine of of development has to be found.
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.
One reason why I am quite angry with what is happening in Nigeria today is that everything has collapsed. If I decide to go back now, there will be so many problems - where will I find the physical therapy and other things that I now require?
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.
No man however great is greater than his people
An angry man is always a stupid man.
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.
Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.
No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children (and especially his women) he was not really a man.
Africa is to Europe as the picture is to Dorian Gray-a carrier onto whom the master unloads his physical & moral deformities
The lizard that jumped from a high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit -- in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.
Do you blame a vulture for perching over a carcass?
Diversity is not an abnormality but the very reality of our planet.
The human world manifests the same reality and will not seek our permission to celebrate itself in the magnificence of its endless varieties. Civility is a sensible attribute in this kind of world we have; narrowness of heart and mind is not.
You cannot plant greatness as you plant yams or maize.
Who ever planted an iroko tree — the greatest tree in the forest? You may collect all the iroko seeds in the world, open the soil and put them there. It will be in vain. The great tree chooses where to grow and we find it there, so it is with the greatness in men.
A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
Procrastination is a lazy man's apology.
An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb
I am against people reaping where they have not sown.
But we have a saying that if you want to eat a toad you should look for a fat and juicy one.
Only the story can continue beyond the war and the warrior.
The story outlives the sound of the war drum... The story is our escort. Without it we are blind... It is the thing that sets us apart from cattle.