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Wole Soyinka

Datum narození: 13. červenec 1934

Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka je anglicky píšící nigerijský spisovatel, nositel Nobelovy ceny za literaturu z roku 1986.


„Básnický mysticismus je jen pokračováním onoho smyslového animismu v člověku, tříděním destilací a podryvným chápáním, jež se vyvíjí mezi objektem a fantazií. Básník se prostě dostává dovnitř a dále k psychickému bratrství, a to je vzácný případ úplného pochopení, vrcholného sebeuvědomění. “

„The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.“


„A tiger doesn't proclaim his tigritude, he pounces“

„Romance is the sweetening of the soul
With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.“
The Lion and the Jewel

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

„The man dies in all those that keep silent.“

„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?“

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


„Well, I think the Yoruba gods are truthful. Truthful in the sense that i consider religion and the construct of deities simply an extension of human qualities taken, if you like, to the nth degree. i mistrust gods who become so separated from humanity that enormous crimes can be committed in their names. i prefer gods who can be brought down to earth and judged, if you like.“

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

„Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress truth.“ Selected Poems

„The arrogant elimination of the Djaouts of our world must nerve us to pursue our own combative doctrine, namely: that peaceful cohabitation on this planet demands that while the upholders of any creed are free to adopt their own existential absolutes, the right of others to do the same is thereby rendered implicit and sacrosanct. Thus the creed of inquiry, of knowledge and exchange of ideas, must be upheld as an absolute, as ancient and eternal as any other.“ The Last Summer of Reason


„The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny“ The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka

„Today, the constituency of fear has become much broader, far less selective“ Climate of Fear: The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World

„For now, let us simply observe that the assault on human dignity is one of the prime goals of the visitation of fear, a prelude to the domination of the mind and the triumph of power“

„If you believe in democracy, are you not thereby obliged to accept, without discrimination, the fall-outs that come with a democratic choice, even if this means the termination of the democratic process itself?“ Climate of Fear: The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World

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