Wole Soyinka Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Wole Soyinka Quotes and Sayings

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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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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 | Refcard PDF
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    Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater. Wole Soyinka | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF






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