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Wole Soyinka Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb


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