"The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Chinua Achebe on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Chinua Achebe on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Chinua Achebe on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Chinua Achebe on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Chinua Achebe on Mark Twain
"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."
"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!"