Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Born on 5 Jan 1938


That was one of the most rewarding things about spending nights in the open. Birds were bound to wake you up, and whether they carried good or bad luck, at least they woke you up with music.
For I had reached a point in my life when I came to view words differently. A closer look at language could reveal the secret of life.
Stories, like food, lose their flavor if cooked in a hurry.
Your own actions are a better mirror of your life than the actions of all your enemies put together.
The condition of women in a nation is the real measure of its progress.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."