A Man Who Makes Trouble For Others Is Also Making Trouble For Himself- Chinua Achebe

Chinua-Achebe Is dead

Chinua Achebe has passed on, leaving us with many wise sayings and teachings…

As we mourn his loss, let’s remember some of his great words…Using the comment box below, share some of the great quotes or sentences you remember from any of his books or speeches.

Those I adore are: 

“To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.”
“A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.”

“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.”

“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

“When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk”

“Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.It was deeper and more intimate that the fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of the forces of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw.Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these. It was not external but lay deep within himself.”


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5 thoughts on “A Man Who Makes Trouble For Others Is Also Making Trouble For Himself- Chinua Achebe”

  1. RIP Chinua Achebe may ur soul rest in perfect peace. May u be sitting under the bossom of our Grandfather Abraham. I read the novel “Things fallen apart” and i have to say that its one of the best books I have ever read. If one is interested about colonialism/imperialism, esp. Africans, he must surely read this book.

    As we say in the twi language ” a big tree has fallen”

    And u were surely a big tree…..and i hope that people from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and other african literature would follow ur good path.


  2. awww i remember reading Things fall apart and analyzing it too. May God keep you safe and sound till the trumpet sounds . 

  3. Remembering some of this Qoutes

    “If I hold her hands she says, “don’t touch !
    If I hold her foot she says”Don’t touch !”
    If Ihold her waist-beads, she pretends not to know”

    “A man who calls his kinsmen to feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.

    “Even the world is large”, said Okonkwo. “I have even heard that insome tribes a man’s children belong to his wife and her family.”

    “That cannot be,: said Machi. “You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babie'”

    Ha! death is bad! You made mother Africa and her entire generation both born and unborn proud! may your humble soul find rest in God’s memory.


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