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Wole Soyinka quotes: I've done a lot of guerrilla theater in my time. I've done a lot of guerrilla theater in my time.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The writer is the visionary of his people ... He anticipates, he warns. The writer is the visionary of his people ... He anticipates, he warns.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Writing in certain environments carries with it an occupational risk. Writing in certain environments carries with it an occupational risk.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I am a glutton for tranquility. I am a glutton for tranquility.
Wole Soyinka quotes: We Nigerians must reclaim our sovereignty, our civic entitlements. We Nigerians must reclaim our sovereignty, our civic entitlements.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion. Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.
Wole Soyinka quotes: History teaches us to beware of the excitation of the liberated and the injustices that often accompany their righteous thirst for justice. History teaches us to beware of the excitation of the liberated and the injustices that often accompany their righteous thirst for justice.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The man dies in all those that keep silent. The man dies in all those that keep silent.
Wole Soyinka quotes: You always assume for some strange reason that you need three meals a day. You always assume for some strange reason that you need three meals a day.
Wole Soyinka quotes: No human is completely fearless. No human is completely fearless.
Wole Soyinka quotes: One has to confront history honestly. One has to confront history honestly.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Be yourself. Ultimately just be yourself. Be yourself. Ultimately just be yourself.
Wole Soyinka quotes: For me, justice is the prime condition of humanity. For me, justice is the prime condition of humanity.
Wole Soyinka quotes: African film makers are scraping by on a mere pittance. African film makers are scraping by on a mere pittance.
Wole Soyinka quotes: In Africa, those who have money - businessmen and banks - do not believe in film. In Africa, those who have money - businessmen and banks - do not believe in film.
Wole Soyinka quotes: One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer. One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Writers are human. I shudder to think how I must sometimes appear to others. Writers are human. I shudder to think how I must sometimes appear to others.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I have a kind of magnetic attraction to situations of violence. I have a kind of magnetic attraction to situations of violence.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress truth. Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress truth.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Education is lacking in most of those who pontificate. Education is lacking in most of those who pontificate.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist. The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist.
Wole Soyinka quotes: And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others. And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I've always written plays for the purpose of getting something out of my system. I've always written plays for the purpose of getting something out of my system.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power. I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I like to say, 'I spend one-third of my time in Nigeria, one-third in Europe or America, and one-third on a plane.' I like to say, 'I spend one-third of my time in Nigeria, one-third in Europe or America, and one-third on a plane.'
Wole Soyinka quotes: The phenomenon of creativity, we know, is closely related to the ability to yoke together separate, and even seemingly incompatible, matrices. The phenomenon of creativity, we know, is closely related to the ability to yoke together separate, and even seemingly incompatible, matrices.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie. Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I like my peace and quiet whenever I can grab it. I like my peace and quiet whenever I can grab it.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The blatant aggressiveness of theocracies I find distressing, because I grew up when Christians, Muslim and animists lived peacefully together. The blatant aggressiveness of theocracies I find distressing, because I grew up when Christians, Muslim and animists lived peacefully together.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Some people think the Nobel Prize makes you bullet-proof. I never had that illusion. Some people think the Nobel Prize makes you bullet-proof. I never had that illusion.
Wole Soyinka quotes: It's the place to begin, always to return to home, literally. It's the place to begin, always
to return to home, literally.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Let's say there are prospects for a new Nigeria, but I don't think we have a new Nigeria yet. Let's say there are prospects for a new Nigeria, but I don't think we have a new Nigeria yet.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I take friendship very seriously. I take friendship very seriously.
Wole Soyinka quotes: There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle. There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Romance is the sweetening of the soulWith fragrance offered by the stricken heart. Romance is the sweetening of the soul
With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.
Wole Soyinka quotes: For the fire consumes all but the arsonist. For the fire consumes all but the arsonist.
Wole Soyinka quotes: In the world of literature, I see prizes as more of a duty to the craft itself, rather than as something for the individual. In the world of literature, I see prizes as more of a duty to the craft itself, rather than as something for the individual.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail. The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
Wole Soyinka quotes: But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all. But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Seven is the magic figure, because that's a symbolic figure of my favorite deity, Ogun. Seven is the magic figure, because that's a symbolic figure of my favorite deity, Ogun.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident. I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Politics, I believe, is a full-time occupation. Politics, I believe, is a full-time occupation.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent. Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I don't have the sort of temperament that submits to Christianity or Islam. I don't have the sort of temperament that submits to Christianity or Islam.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done. Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The problem with literature, with writing, is that it works sometimes in terms of correction of social ills. Other times, it just does not suffice. The problem with literature, with writing, is that it works sometimes in terms of correction of social ills. Other times, it just does not suffice.
Wole Soyinka quotes: The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny
Wole Soyinka quotes: Some of the greatest uprisings and consequent civil wars in Mexico have centered squarely on the ownership of land. Some of the greatest uprisings and consequent civil wars in Mexico have centered squarely on the ownership of land.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater. Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater.
Wole Soyinka quotes: I am convinced that Nigeria would have been a more highly developed country without the oil. I wished we'd never smelled the fumes of petroleum. I am convinced that Nigeria would have been a more highly developed country without the oil. I wished we'd never smelled the fumes of petroleum.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for. Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.
Wole Soyinka quotes: All religions accept that there is something called 'criminality.' And criminality cannot be excused by religious fervour. All religions accept that there is something called 'criminality.' And criminality cannot be excused by religious fervour.
Wole Soyinka quotes: Each time I think I've created time for myself, along comes a throwback to disrupt my private space. Each time I think I've created time for myself, along comes a throwback to disrupt my private space.