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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely - Love Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
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I divide my time between Columbia, Maryland, and Lagos, Nigeria  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) I like the U. S. and feel gratitude towards it  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) You deserve to take up space  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Stories matter. Many stories matter  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) There are people who dislike you because you do not dislike yourself  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) I am a bit of a fundamentalist when it comes to black women’s hair. Hair is hair - yet also about larger questions: self-acceptance, insecurity and what the world tells you is beautiful. For many black women, the idea of wearing their hair naturally is unbearable  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) The novels I love, the ones I remember, the ones I re-read, have an empathetic human quality, or ‘emotional truth’. This quality is difficult to fully define, but I always recognise it when I see it: it is different from honesty and more resilient than fact, something that exists not in the kind of fiction that explains but in the kind that shows  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Perhaps it is time to debate culture. The common story is that in real African culture, before it was tainted by the West, gender roles were rigid and women were contentedly oppressed  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied - about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works - and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Lasting love has to be built on mutual regard and respect. It is about seeing the other person. I am very interested in relationships and, when I watch couples, sometimes I can sense a blindness has set in. They have stopped seeing each other. It is not easy to see another person  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) I have my father’s lopsided mouth. When I smile, my lips slope to one side. My doctor sister calls it my cerebral palsy mouth. I am very much a daddy’s girl, and even though I would rather my smile wasn’t crooked, there is something moving for me about having a mouth exactly like my father’s  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Why must we always talk about race anyway? Can’t we just be human beings? And Professor Hunk replied - that is exactly what white privilege is, that you can say that. Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls ‘You can have ambition, but not too much’  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) People have crushes on priests all the time, you know. It’s exciting to have to deal with God as a rival  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) You Americans, always peering under people’s beds to look for communism  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Privilege blinds, because it’s in its nature to blind. Don’t let it blind you too often. Sometimes you will need to push it aside in order to see clearly  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) At some point I was a happy African feminist who does not hate men. And who likes lip gloss and who wears high heels for herself but not for men  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Papa sat down at the table and poured his tea from the china tea set with pink flowers on the edges. I waited for him to ask Jaja and me to take a sip, as he always did. A love sip, he called it, because you shared the little things you loved with the people you love  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) There are people who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not crawl, once  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Americans think African writers will write about the exotic, about wildlife, poverty, maybe AIDS. They come to Africa and African books with certain expectations  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) My grandfather died in the war, my family went through the war, and it affected my parents in really profound ways. I’ve always wanted to write about that period - in some ways to digest it for myself, something that defined me but that I didn’t go through  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) In particular I want to talk about natural black hair, and how it’s not just hair. I mean, I’m interested in hair in sort of a very aesthetic way, just the beauty of hair, but also in a political way: what it says, what it means.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) Successful fiction does not need to be validated by ‘real life’ I cringe whenever a writer is asked how much of a novel is ‘real’.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) He had first been excited by Facebook, ghosts of old friends suddenly morphing to life with wives and husbands and children, and photos trailed by comments. But he began to be appalled by the air of unreality, the careful manipulation of images to create a parallel life, pictures that people had taken with Facebook in mind, placing in the background the things of which they were proud.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) People have crushes on priests all the time, you know. It’s exciting to have to deal with God as a rival.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) No Sweetness Here’ is the kind of old-fashioned social realism I have always been drawn to in fiction, and it does what I think all good literature should: It entertains you.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes) We teach girls shame; close your legs, cover yourself, we make them feel as though by being born female they’re already guilty of something.  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes)
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