The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.— Chinua Achebe
Eye-opening Things Fall Apart Important quotations
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
There is no story that is not true.
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.
One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the thing you've always wanted. Do it now.
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.
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.
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.
Today I will go out with the flow of life and trust the process. I will not stress over things I can't control.
An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb
When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk
When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality. (9)
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.
We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.
Beware Okonkwo!" she warned. "Beware of exchanging words with Agbala. Does a man speak when a god speaks? Beware!
A man's life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors.
If you eyes are opened, you'll see the things worth seeing.
When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.
Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too – If one says no to the other, let his wing break.
If a child washed his hands, he could eat with kings.
One of the most important decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.
We have heard stories about white men who make the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true.
Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered.
As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.
At the most one could say that his chi or .
.. personal god was good. But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed.
Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.
We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.
I think about the story while I think about other things.
This is an important part of the process: I look at it sideways. If I look straight at it, it produces nothing other than what seem like complicated, brilliant designs that fall apart the following morning. In some way stories mature when you're not looking.
If we all gave all our goods to the poor, the church would fall apart.
If we all hated our father and mother, as Jesus told us to, there'd be an end of the church's emphasis on the family as being the one important thing holding the whole society together. There are all sorts of ways in which the church's teachings contradict directly what Jesus says in the Gospel.