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Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” Quotes (5 Quotes)


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  • At the most one could say that his chi or ... personal god was good. But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed.
    (Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart")

  • Do not despair. I know you will not despair. You have a manly and a proud heart. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
    (Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart")

  • Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord's holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life - to drive the crowd away from His church.
    (Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart")

  • 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.
    (Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart")

  • When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk
    (Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart")



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