"Nigeria has had a complicated colonial history. My work has examined that part of our story extensively."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Chinua Achebe on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Chinua Achebe on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Chinua Achebe on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Chinua Achebe on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Chinua Achebe on Thomas Jefferson
"I don't care about age very much."
"Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."
"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."