Chinua Achebe Quotes

Chinua Achebe Quotes: Joseph Conrad was a thoroughgoing racist. That this simple truth is glossed over in criticisms of his work is due to the fact that white racism against Africa is such a normal way of thinking that its manifestations go completely unremarked.
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Chinua Achebe Quote: A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
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Quotes about Chinua Achebe: I feel that the English language will be able to carry the weight of my African experience. But it will have to be a new English, still in full communion with its ancestral home but altered to suit new African surroundings.
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Quote about Chinua Achebe: An artist, in my understanding of the word, should side with the people against the Emperor that oppresses his or her people.
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Chinua Achebe Sayings: But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry.
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Chinua Achebe Saying: In America there is really very little knowledge of the literature of the rest of the world. Of the literature of Latin America, yes, But that's not all that different in inspiration from that of America, or of Europe. One must go further. You don't even have to go too far in terms of geography - you can start with the Native Americans and listen to their poetry.
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Sayings about Chinua Achebe: We must now turn from considering the necessary struggle with language arising, as it were, from its very nature and the nature of the society it serves to the more ominous threat to its integrity brought about neither by its innate inadequacy nor yet by the incompetence and carelessness of its ordinary users, but rather engineered deliberately by those who will manipulate words for their own ends.
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Saying about Chinua Achebe: 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.
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Chinua Achebe Quotes: 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.
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Chinua Achebe Quote: Many writers can't make a living. So to be able to teach how to write is valuable to them. But I don't really know about its value to the student. I don't mean it's useless. But I wouldn't have wanted anyone to teach me how to write.
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Quotes about Chinua Achebe: I think an artist, in my definition of that word, would not be someone who takes sides with the emperor against his powerless subjects. That's different from prescribing a way in which a writer should write.
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Quote about Chinua Achebe: The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership,
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Chinua Achebe Sayings: When we hear a house has fallen do we ask if the ceiling fell with it?
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Chinua Achebe Saying: Real tragedy is never resolved. It goes on hopelessly for ever.
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Sayings about Chinua Achebe: It is as though the ancestors who made language and knew from what bestiality its use rescued them are saying to us: Beware of interfering with its purpose! For when language is seriously interfered with, when it is disjoined from truth, be it from mere incompetence or worse, from malice, horrors can descend again on mankind.
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Saying about Chinua Achebe: 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.
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Chinua Achebe Quotes: And theories are no more than fictions which help us to make sense of experience and which are subject to disconfirmation when their explanations are no longer adequate.
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Chinua Achebe Quote: The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.
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