"When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Chinua Achebe on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Chinua Achebe on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Chinua Achebe on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Chinua Achebe on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Chinua Achebe on Ernest Hemingway
"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."