quote by Chinua Achebe

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.'

— Chinua Achebe

Delightful Devaluation quotations

I felt devalued and disrespected. The energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit.

I feel that man can transcend himself to a point where he can accomplish greater things than he thinks. I see people depressed and I see people who devalue themselves and I feel that's a terrible, terrible waste. But I love the people who try. But try fairly, try honestly.

If one devalues rationality, the world tends to fall apart.

Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.


People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.

The mystery religions were instituted in order to protect the marvels of the commonplace from those who would devalue them.

All the seemingly positive valuations and judgments of ressentiment are hidden devaluations and negations.

The word love has become so devalued, we have to put words in front of it, like 'unconditional'.

I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.


We must stress that the euro has been beneficial to the European Union because, otherwise, in this context of international turmoil, every country would have to devalue their currencies.

One of the prevalent features of life with an angry or controlling partner is that he frequently tells you what you should think and tries to get you to doubt or devalue your own perceptions and beliefs.

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.

We all want to be liked, loved, or needed.

That is fine. What is not fine is what we are willing to do to make sure we are liked, or loved or needed. When we make the needs and wants of others a priority in our lives, we devalue ourselves.

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize... the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.


What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

If it were any other way, it would be easy.

And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it's unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist.

Any such inklings were like a few scattered grains of truth dissolved in an ocean of nonsense, and were anyway generally inextricably bound up with patently paranoid ravings which served only to devalue the small amounts of sense and pertinence with which they were associated.

When we imagine our Universe to be just one out of a multitude of possible worlds we devalue this world, the one we see, the one we should be trying to explain.

If we continue to devalue ourselves we cannot realistically expect respect from others.


The monetary managers are fond of telling us that they have substituted 'responsible money management' for the gold standard. But there is no historic record of responsible paper money management ... The record taken, as a whole is one of hyperinflation, devaluation and monetary chaos.

Nihilism: any aim is lacking, any answer to the question "why" is lacking.

What does nihilism mean?--that the supreme values devaluate themselves.

what we call things matters. ... The words we use, and how we perceive those words, reflect how we value, or devalue, people, places, and things.

Constant, indiscriminate approval devalues because it is so predictable.

[...] Technology has tended to devaluate the traditional vision-inducing materials. The illumination of a city, for example, was once a rare event, reserved for victories and national holidays, for the canonization of saints and the crowning of kings. Now it occurs nightly and celebrates the virtues of gin, cigarettes and toothpaste.


The devaluation of words and promises regarding free enterprise is, in principle, worse than the devaluation of the rouble

For every achievement, there is a critic to devalue its worth.

Freedom is such a precious commodity. Yet sometimes the freest of people devalue it the most.

There was a perception that the emerging-market problems aren't over and concern that may Brazil devalue.

The theistic philosopher has a tendency to devalue insufficient worldviews, ideologies, and quite often common sense for the greater good, and in such cases, one should not be discouraged when seen as a bad guy. If he stresses over man's perception of a righteous heart, then he has given his heart to man.


We alone can devalue gold by not caring if it falls or rises in the marketplace.

Wherever there is gold there is a chain, you know, and if your chain is gold so much the worse for you.

Of course the concept is to give people samples to get them hooked, I get that.

But to continuously give away our music, that's the reason why you don't see [many] rap award shows anymore, the reason that you don't see rappers in commercials anymore; because we have allowed our music to be devalued.

I don't think conservativism is about a deficiency.

I think it's about a commitment to an ideology that has to in some ways devalue the usefulness of empathy. I do think empathy can be learned. And enhanced.

You'll never succeed with people who devalue you!

If the governments devalue the currency in order to betray all creditors, you politely call this procedure 'inflation'.

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