Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes (Part 2)


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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotes

  • There are some things that are so unforgivable that they make other things easily forgivable”.

  • “ …my point is that the only authentic identity for the African is the tribe…I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came”.

  • “ The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations”.

  • “ Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice”.

  • “ We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women”.

  • “ Then she wished, more rationally, that she could love him without needing him. Need gave him power without his trying; need was the choicelessness she often felt around him”.

  • “ Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black.

Stop arguing. Stop saying I’m Jamaican or I’m Ghanaian. America doesn’t care”.

  • “ Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture”.

  • “ Relaxing your hair is like being in prison. You’re caged in. Your hair rules you. You didn’t go running with Curt today because you don’t want to sweat out this straightness.

You’re always battling to make your hair do what it wasn’t meant to do”.

  • “ How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined”.

  • “ She wanted to ask him why they were all strangers who shared the same last name”.

  • “ She rested her head against his and felt, for the first time, what she would often feel with him: a self-affection. He made her like herself”.

  • “ You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be”.

  • “ A woman at a certain age who is unmarried, our society teaches her to see it as a deep personal failure. And a man, after a certain age isn’t married, we just think he hasn’t come around to making his pick”.

  • “ We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know”.

  • “ There are people, she once wrote, 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 all crawl, once”.

  • “ I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be”.


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