70+ Best Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. Profoundly inspirational Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

Being defiant can be a good thing sometimes.

Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew.

Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist.

We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs. Cover yourself.’ We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something.

Why did people ask ‘What is it about?’ as if a novel had to be about only one thing.

Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be… a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.

Of course, I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.

If you start thinking about being likable, you are not going to tell your story honestly.

The manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not.

I didn’t know I was even supposed to have issues until I came to America.

My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, ‘yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’

Never speak of marriage as an achievement.

We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.

There was a feeling I wanted to feel that I did not feel.

For progress to be made, I think it’s necessary to reach out to people who don’t necessarily agree.

I am a person who believes in asking questions, I am not conforming for the sake of conforming.

I find that I’m lonely in my rage about sexism. And that loneliness informs my rage.

Inspirational Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

Marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?

Feminism for me is not an exclusive little party that you get to go to when you’ve read the right books.

You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it.

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.

People will selectively use ‘tradition’ to justify anything.

Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.

I like politics and history and am happiest when having a good argument about ideas.

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.

I don’t want to sit with someone who thinks that women are objects. I just don’t want to.

She refused, protested, spoke up when she felt she was being deprived of land and access because she was female.

I am interested in challenging the mainstream ideas of what is beautiful and what is acceptable.

Feminism and femininity are not mutually exclusive.

I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.

It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will.

I am trying to unlearn many lessons of gender I internalized while growing up. But I sometimes still feel vulnerable in the face of gender expectations.

I look at the world through eyes that are very alert to gender injustice, and I always will.

Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.

I think people are frightened of saying what they think, and I think that’s a bad thing for society.

Evil is tolerable if purged of coarseness.

Famous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes

Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

You could say anything at any time to anyone.

Your life belongs to you and you alone.

Never ever accept ‘because you are a woman’ as a reason for doing or not doing anything.

For me, feminism is a movement for which the end goal is to make itself no longer needed.

The only reason race matters is because of racism.

I think you travel to search and you come back ‘home’ to find yourself there.

This was love, to be eager for tomorrow.

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanise.

Teach her that ‘gender roles’ is absolute nonsense.

You deserve to take up space.

To choose to writes is to reject silence.

To have money, it seemed, was to be consumed by money.

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.

I’ve always been the kind of person who thinks that men and women are equal, full stop.

We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change.

I own things I like, but nothing inanimate that I treasure in a deeply consuming way.

Women need to know that they matter. They matter equally.

The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.

Your standard ideologies will not always fit your life.

Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.

I’m chasing you. I’m going to chase you until you give this a chance.

It’s not about individual women; it’s about a system.

How can we resist exploitation if we don’t have the tools to understand exploitation.

I know I’m able to have empathy for men who have been assaulted, who’ve suffered. I don’t need to imagine that they’re my brother or my husband.

It was the exaggerated gratitude that came with immigrant insecurity.

And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.

The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed…

How was it possible to miss something you no longer wanted?

When we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.

There are people who dislike you because you do not dislike yourself.

First we need to calm down, breathe, and get over ourselves.

She always chose peace over truth.