Purple Hibiscus Quotes.

1. "We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

2. "The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?"
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

3. "Being defiant can be a good thing sometimes," Aunty Ifeoma said. "Defiance is like marijuana - it is not a bad thing when it is used right."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

4. "...he did not want me to seek the whys, because there are some things that happen for which we can formulate no whys, for which whys simply do not exist and, perhaps, are not necessary."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

5. "I was stained by failure."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

6. "People have crushes on priests all the time, you know. It’s exciting to have to deal with God as a rival."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

7. "Papa sat down at the table and poured his tea from the china tea set with pink flowers on the edges. I waited for him to ask Jaja and me to take a sip, as he always did. A love sip, he called it, because you shared the little things you loved with the people you love."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

8. "It was what Aunty Ifeoma did to my cousins, I realized then, setting higher and higher jumps for them in the way she talked to them, in what she expected of them. She did it all the time believing they would scale the rod. And they did. It was different for Jaja and me. We did not scale the rod because we believed we could, we scaled it because we were terrified that we couldn't."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

9. "To call him humble was to make rudeness normal. Besides, humility had always seemed to him a specious thing, invented for the comfort of others; you were praised for humility by people because you did not make them feel any more lacking than they already did. It was honesty that he valued; he had always wished himself to be truly honest, and always feared that he was not"
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

10. "Military men would always overthrow one another, because they could, because they were all power drunk."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

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