Chinua Achebe Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old chinua achebe quotes, chinua achebe sayings, and chinua achebe proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.     

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.     

Chinua Achebe

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.     

Chinua Achebe

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.     

Chinua Achebe

When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.     

Chinua Achebe

A coward may cover the ground with his words but when the time comes to fight he runs away.     

Chinua Achebe

Writers don't give prescriptions. They give headaches!     

Chinua Achebe

The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity that it's this or maybe that you have just one large statement; it is this.     

Chinua Achebe

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.     

Chinua Achebe

There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.     

Chinua Achebe

When we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.     

Chinua Achebe

Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.     

Chinua Achebe

The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.     

Chinua Achebe

Every lizard lies on its belly, so we cannot tell which has a belly-ache.     

Chinua Achebe

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.     

Chinua Achebe

A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.     

Chinua Achebe

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.     

Chinua Achebe

When a mad man walks naked, it is his kinsmen who feel shame, not himself.     

Chinua Achebe

If one finger brings oil it soils the others.      

Chinua Achebe