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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. ...
by Wole Soyinka

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
- Wole Soyinka

Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater.
- Wole Soyinka

One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer.
- Wole Soyinka

But when you're deprived of it for a lengthy period
then you value human companionship.
But you have to survive and so you devise all kinds
of mental exercises and it's amazing.
- Wole Soyinka

 

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

I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause,
then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty,
to go through with that particular course of action.
- Wole Soyinka

I don't really consider myself a novelist,
it just came out purely by accident.
- Wole Soyinka

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The novel, for me, was an accident.
I really don't consider myself a novelist.
- Wole Soyinka

I consider the process of gestation just as important
as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper.
- Wole Soyinka

There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle.
- Wole Soyinka

I'm not one of those writers I learned about who get up in the morning,
put a piece of paper in their typewriter machine and start writing.
That I've never understood.
- Wole Soyinka

Books and all forms of writing are terror to those
who wish to suppress the truth.
- Wole Soyinka

Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's
a lot of work to be done.
- Wole Soyinka

One, a mass movement from within, which,
as you know, is constantly being put down brutally but which,
again, regroups and moves forward as is happening right now as we are speaking.
- Wole Soyinka

And I believe that the best learning process of any
kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.
- Wole Soyinka

Power is domination, control, and therefore a very
selective form of truth which is a lie.
- Wole Soyinka

I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture.
- Wole Soyinka

But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write.
That's all.
- Wole Soyinka

The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
- Wole Soyinka

There are different kinds of artists and very often,
I'll be very frank with you, I wish I were a different kind.
- Wole Soyinka

Very conscious of the fact that an effort was being made to destroy my mind,
because I was deprived of books, deprived of any means of writing,
deprived of human companionship.
You never know how much you need it until you're deprived of it.
- Wole Soyinka

I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way.
We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out,
we'd talk about the future.
And I found that their depression and pessimism was
every bit as acute as mine.
- Wole Soyinka

There's a kind of dynamic quality about theater and
that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to,
first of all, the environment in which it's being staged;
then the audience,
the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience.
- Wole Soyinka

But theater, because of its nature, both text,
images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience.
That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms.
- Wole Soyinka

And gradually they're beginning to recognize the fact
that there's nothing more secure than a democratic,
accountable, and participatory form of government.
But it's sunk in only theoretically,
it has not yet sunk in completely in practical terms.
- Wole Soyinka

See, even despite pious statements to the contrary,
much of the industrialized world has not yet come to
terms with the recognition of the fallacy of what I
call the strong man syndrome.
- Wole Soyinka

Well, the first thing is that truth and power for me form an antithesis,
an antagonism, which will hardly ever be resolved.
I can define in fact, can simplify the history of human society,
the evolution of human society, as a contest between power and freedom.
- Wole Soyinka

My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems,
seeing a painting, listening to some music,
some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile
human condition or struggle or whatever.
It enriches me as a human being.
- Wole Soyinka

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest wealth is health.
- Virgil

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Let today be the day that you choose
to become your own greatest Hero.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy
and to radiate your happiness to the entire world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

Only when life is difficult,
are we challenged to become our greatest selves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that the greatest gift you can give the world is your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is of the small joys and little pleasures
that the greatest of our days are built.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The greatest force in the human body
is the natural drive of the body to heal itself -
but that force in not independent of the belief system.
Everything begins with belief.
What we believe is the most powerful option of all.
- Norman Cousins

The greatest and most important problems of life
are all fundamentally insoluble.
They can never be solved but only outgrown.
- Carl Jung

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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