The greatest threat

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

– Wole Soyinka
born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria July 13, 1934
gender: male
genre: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
influences: Yoruba mythology, Eugene O’Neil

Awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that “in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.”


12 thoughts on “The greatest threat

  1. July 13, 1934: Happy birthday, Wole Soyinka! The Nigerian playwright is the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He turns 79 today.

  2. Happy Birthday. I have to meditate on this quote. Speaking for myself, criticisms can just about kill a person. 😦

  3. Ella: Question: that is trackback URL??? I noticed that in some of the comments I received. How do I find out who is the user?

  4. Sublime quote. Can’t turn away and expect anything to change. Fits in with the quote from Westlake – one has to choose one’s priorities carefully.

  5. Admirable human being. He lived what he believed in, justice & tolerance, and was a voice for the oppressed. The criticism he speaks of his the voice against oppression. He risked his life for it. Thank you for featuring him.

  6. What a wonderful quote.

  7. Yep! That would be. Great quote!

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