The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
More Quotes from Chinua Achebe:Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.
They have not always elected the best leaders, particularly after a long period in which they have not used this facility of free election. You tend to lose the habit.
People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them. This is what people have come to expect. It's not viewed as a serious continent. It's a place of strange, bizarre and illogical things, where people don't do what common sense demands.
What's important is that we recognize the falsehood of the notion that the Third World should be abandoned because it's a waste of time.
When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.
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These manly sentiments, in private life, make good citizens; in public life, the patriot and the hero.