10 Motivational Quotes From Chinua Achebe


If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.

 The Paris Review, 1994

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.

Quoted in Arrow of God, 1964.

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

My weapon is literature”

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: ‘He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.’

Quoted in The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays, 2009.

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

The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essay

Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.”

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.

Quoted in Anthills of the Savannah, 1987.

There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, 2012.

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