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20 Motivational Quotes by Nigerian Writers

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 11/05/2017 - 17:26

Here are some motivational quotes by a few Nigerian Writers. Enjoy!

  • “The fault, of course, is not in religion, but in the fanatic of every religion. Fanaticism remains the greatest carrier of the spores of fear, and the rhetoric of religion, with the hysteria it so readily generates, is fast becoming the readiest killing device of contemporary times.

- Wole Soyinka

  • Anger and desire are twin sisters in this drama we call love, two kernels in the same nut!        

- Femi Osofisan

  • “Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress truth.”               

 -Wole Soyinka

  • “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • “Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.”

-Wole Soyinka

  • “Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am - and what I need - is something I have to find out myself.”

-Chinua Achebe

  • Death is sweet, we think. But it is easier to talk of it, than to welcome it. We do not know what is on the other side, whether it is better or worse than here. Whereas even at its most bitter, life offers hope at least, which death does not. 

– Femi Osofisan

  • “The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”

― Chinua Achebe

  • “What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.”

― Chris Abani

  • "Nothing baffles God."

 - Flora Nwapa

  • “There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.”

― Chinua Achebe

  • “The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have it”.  

- Ben Okri

  • “The sad truth of the matter is that when it comes to appearance, we start off with men as the standard, as the norm. Many of us think that the less feminine a woman appears, the more likely she is to be taken seriously. A man going to a business meeting doesn’t wonder about being taken seriously based on what he is wearing—but a woman does.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.”

- Ben Okri

“You know, you can steel your heart against any kind of trouble, any kind of horror. But the simple act of kindness from a complete stranger will unstitch you.”

― Chris Abani

“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.”

– Ben Okri

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” 

- Ben Okri

“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.”

― Chinua Achebe

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit -- in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.”

― Chinua Achebe














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