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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Wole Soyinka on writing, activist, plays, writing, heart, romance, soul, inspiration, freedom, humanism and equality.

9 Though-Provoking Quotes By Wole Soyinka

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Famous As: Author, Poet, Playwright

Born On: July 13, 1934

Born In: Abeokuta

Founder / Co Founder: Drama Association of Nigeria

The Noble Laureate Wole Soyinka is a distinguished Nigerian poet, author, and a political activist. His deep interest in writing helped him become the editor of the college magazine and also brought him various prizes. He published a few of his poems in a Nigerian magazine while working for his play ‘The Invention’ which was staged at ‘Royal Court Theatre, London’. He received a fellowship for research on ‘African Theatre’ which helped him return to Nigeria to produce a couple of successful dramas. There he also formed a couple of acting groups called ‘Nineteen-Sixty Masks’ and the ‘Orisun Theatre Company’ where he worked both as a producer and actor. Besides a renowned playwright, he has also worked as a political activist. He appealed for cease-fire during the civil war which led to his imprisonment for a period of 22 months. During this period he wrote plays and articles criticizing the Nigerian government which were also staged in New York. After his release, he produced various successful plays that were appreciated all over. Apart from the ‘Noble Prize for Literature’ he has been honored with various awards and accolades including the ‘Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award’. Read on the enlightening collection of quotes and thoughts by the person who has the brain of a writer and a heart of an activist. Following are the remarkable quotations and sayings by Wole Soyinka that have touched millions of heart.
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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

Wole Soyinka

A tiger doesn't proclaim his tigritude, he pounces

Wole Soyinka

Romance is the sweetening of the soul With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.

Wole Soyinka

Some of us – poets are not exactly poets. We live sometimes – beyond the word.

Wole Soyinka

The man dies in all those that keep silent.

Wole Soyinka

Well, some people say I'm pessimistic because I recognize the eternal cycle of evil. All I say is, look at the history of mankind right up to this moment and what do you find?

Wole Soyinka

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

Wole Soyinka

Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.

Wole Soyinka

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

Wole Soyinka