"When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Chinua Achebe on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Chinua Achebe on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Chinua Achebe on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Chinua Achebe on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Chinua Achebe on John Lennon
"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."