"Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Chinua Achebe on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Chinua Achebe on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Chinua Achebe on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Chinua Achebe on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Chinua Achebe on Oscar Wilde
"I don't care about age very much."
"The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience."
"I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders."
"In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn't perhaps completely whole, that something was left out."
"The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don't always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!"