Wole Soyinka's Quotes
Biography of 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.Tags: Artists, Often, Wish
There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle.Tags: Fingertips, Makes, Theater
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.Tags: Again, Forward, Put
Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.Tags: Lie, Power, Truth
And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.Tags: Best, Learning, Work
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.Tags: Beginning, Fact, Government
Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.Tags: Company, Enjoy, Writing
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.Tags: Amazing, Human, Value
Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.Tags: Truth, Wish, Writing
There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel; there is only one home to the life of a tortoise; there is only one shell to the soul of man: there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter?Tags: Great, Home, Life
I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper.Tags: Actually, Process, Words
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.Tags: Depression, Future, Others
I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture.Tags: Atmosphere, Culture, Words
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.Tags: Human, Music, Struggle
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Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done.Tags: Done, Feeling, Work
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.Tags: History, Power, Truth
I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident.Tags: Accident, Consider, Novelist
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.Tags: Action, Confidence, Feeling
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.Tags: Art, Nature, Why
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.Tags: Call, Contrary, Strong
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.Tags: Audience, Nature, Quality
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.Tags: Human, Mind, Writing
The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist.Tags: Accident, Consider, Novel