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If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

Don’t despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret. Quote by Ben Okri

 

An artist in my view is always afraid of extremists; he is always afraid of those who claim to have found the ultimate solution to any question. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

As a rule I don’t like suffering to no purpose. Suffering should be creative, should give birth to something good and lovely. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

Ghetto-dwellers are the great fantasists. There was an extraordinary vibrancy there, an imaginative life. When you are that poor, all you’ve got left is your belief in the imagination. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so much interested in business. Even at that time, I was very used to buying and selling. It is in my mind all through. I did that on a part-time basis. I usually bought packets of sweets and gave some people to sell for me. I would join them whenever I closed from school. I would collect my profit and give them something out of it. And we continued like that,
the family had many servants. So, some of them were selling things. I would say, ‘Please, sell these for me’ and he would sell and render accounts afterwards. That was what I was doing. It was not as if I established shops. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it’s far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do — it can make us identify with situations and people far away. If it does that, it’s a miracle. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

My joy knows no bounds… I will devote all my energy and all the powers available to me to the service of Nigeria and humanity. Quote by Olusegun Obasanjo

 

I lived rough, by my wits, was homeless, lived on the streets, lived on friends’ floors, was happy, was miserable. Quote by Ben Okri

 

We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected. Nigerian Quote by Ben Okri

 

Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they’ll only see their narrow range reflected in it. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure. Quote by Ben Okri

 

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

Our time here is magic! It’s the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It’s the only space. Quote by Ben Okri

 

What is modesty but inverted pride? Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Quote by Ben Okri

 

Man is sitting disconsolate on an anthill one morning. God asks him what the matter is and man replies that the soil is too swampy for the cultivation of the yams which God has directed him to grow. God tells him to bring in a blacksmith to dry the soil with his bellows. The contribution of humanity to this creation is so important. God could have made the world perfect if he had wanted. But he made it the way it is. So that there is a constant need for us to discuss and cooperate to make it more habitable, so the soil can yield, you see. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

When chaos is the god of an era, clamorous music is the deity’s chief instrument. Quote by Ben Okri

 

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare. No, let’s say Shakespeare and Dickens, to get them in the right order. Quote by Ben Okri

 

Contradictions if well understood and managed can spark off the fires of invention. Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

The greatest stories are those that resonate our beginnings and intuit our endings, our mysterious origins and our numinous destinies, and dissolve them both into one. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

A community in which a dog kills a tiger is unsafe to live in. Quote by OBAFEMI AWOLOWO

The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have it. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

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. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them. This is what people have come to expect. It’s not viewed as a serious continent. It’s a place of strange, bizarre and illogical things, where people don’t do what common sense demands. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

The emperor would prefer the poet to keep away from politics, the emperor’s domain, so that he can manage things the way he likes. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

I have one advice to give to our politicians. If they have decided to destroy our national unity, then they should summon a round-table conference to decide how our national assets should be divided before they seal their doom by satisfying their lust for office. I make this suggestion because it is better for us and many admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed this warning, then I will venture the prediction that the experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be a child’s play if ever it comes to our turn to play such a tragic role. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Nnamdi Azikiwe

 

Americans, it seems to me, tend to protect their children from the harshness of life, in their interest. That’s not the way my people rear their children. They let them experience the world as it is. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. Quote by Ben Okri

 

Money is good.so good that even housewives can tell if their husbands are wealthy or good for nothing bigots. The very moment your own wife starts yelling at you for no just cause, write yourself off as a complete failure.  Quote by OSI MOMOH

 

You must develop the habit of skepticism, not swallow every piece of superstition you are told by witch-doctors and professors. Nigerian Quotes-

 

The emperor would prefer the poet to keep away from politics, the emperor’s domain, so that he can manage things the way he likes. Quote by Chinua Achebe


You cannot plant greatness as you plant yams or maize. Whoever planted an iroko tree—the greatest tree in the forest? You may collect all the iroko seeds in the world, open the soil and put them there. It will be in vain. The great tree chooses where to grow and we find it there, so it is with the greatness in men. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

Every road must have an end which may start another road or may end road to confront the quirks of fate. Quote by NAMDI AZIKIWE

The trouble with many youths in today’s world is that they sleep too much. Nigerian Quote by OBAFEMI AWOLOWO

 

The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience. Quote by  Chinua Achebe

 

A man’s life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

The most awful thing about power is not that it corrupts absolutely but that it makes people so utterly boring, so predictable. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

To answer oppression with appropriate resistance requires knowledge of two kinds: in the first place, self-knowledge by the victim, which means awareness that oppression exists, an awareness that the victim has fallen from a great height of glory or promise into the present depths; secondly, the victim must know who the enemy is. He must know his oppressor’s real name, not an alias, a pseudonym, or a nom de plume! Quote by Chinua Achebe

 

We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected. Nigerian Quotes-Quote by Ben Okri

 

Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again. Quote by Chinua Achebe

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