Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes: Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quote: 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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Quotes about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I don't believe that art and politics or social issues must be separated. In writing about marriage, for example, money can be a big factor, and money is linked to earning, and earning is influenced by politics.
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Quote about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn't have the weight of gender expectations.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sayings: At about the age of seven ... I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading: All my characters were white and blue-eyed, they played in the snow, they ate apples, and they talked a lot about the weather: how lovely it was that the sun had come out. This despite the fact that I lived in Nigeria; we didn't have snow, we ate mangoes, and we never talked about the weather, because there was no need to.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Saying: 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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Sayings about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: He was making her feel small and absurdly petulant and, worse yet, she suspected he was right. She always suspected he was right. For a brief irrational moment, she wished she could walk away from him. 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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Saying about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes: All over the world, girls are raised to be make themselves likeable, to twist themselves into shapes that suit other people. Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. Don't do it. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back, then they actually just like that twisted shape, and not you. And the world is such a gloriously multifaceted, diverse place that there are people in the world who will like you, the real you, as you are.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quote: Perhaps it is time to debate culture. The common story is that in real African culture, before it was tainted by the West, gender roles were rigid and women were contentedly oppressed.
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Quotes about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
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Quote about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: If you don't understand, ask questions. If you're uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It's easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here's to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sayings: Never ever accept 'Because You Are A Woman' as a reason for doing or not doing anything.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Saying: I have many problems in my life, but I don't think that identity is one of them.
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Sayings about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: If I had not grown up in Nigeria- and if all I knew of Africa were of popular images- I too would think that africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people fighting sensless wars, dying of poverty and aids- unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind white foreigner.
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Saying about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The novels I love, the ones I remember, the ones I re-read, have an empathetic human quality, or 'emotional truth'. This quality is difficult to fully define, but I always recognise it when I see it: it is different from honesty and more resilient than fact, something that exists not in the kind of fiction that explains but in the kind that shows.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes: In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past. Racists are the thin-lipped mean white people in the movies about the civil rights era. Here's the thing: the manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not. So if you haven't lynched somebody then you can't be called a racist. If you're not a bloodsucking monster, then you can't be called a racist. Somebody has to be able to say that racists are not monsters.
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