Chinua Achebe Quotes

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If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.
— Chinua Achebe


Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.


I have learnt that a man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.


It has always seemed to me that the test of the integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.


To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.


Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.

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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 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.


[In primary school] I was introduced to the danger of not having your own story.  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

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