Quotes by: Ben Okri

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Ben Okri
Ben Okri
Born (1959-03-15) 15 March 1959 (age 57)
Minna, Nigeria
Occupation Writer
Genre Fiction, essays, poetry
Literary movement Postmodernism, Postcolonialism
Notable works The Famished Road, A Way of Being Free, Starbook, A Time for New Dreams
Notable awards Man Booker Prize

Artists and writers have to deal with the element that makes the real real and the dream real while you are dreaming it. That's where stories and poems get their power.
Ben Okri
We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
Ben Okri
Don't despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.
Ben Okri
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
Ben Okri
The worst time was 1983. Love and life and everything went wrong. I reached absolute rock bottom. I saw the Minotaur at the bottom of the abyss. I learnt of the harshness of the world and its impartiality to human failure.
Ben Okri
Our time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space.
Ben Okri
I believe in leavening. You can't have words sticking out too much, like promontories. They disturb the density. You have to flatten them, or raise the surrounding terrain.
Ben Okri
I became a sceptic of one way of seeing the world. And I think it is what started me in my awareness that any worldview is superstitious.
Ben Okri
It is not important for me as a writer that you leave a piece of writing of mine with either an agreement or even a resonance with what I have said. What is important is that you leave with the resonance of what you have felt and what you thought in reaction to that.
Ben Okri
Home can be the friend you have been searching for all your life or the person you met once very briefly.
Ben Okri
I'm conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There's hardly a day that goes past on which I don't write poetry.
Ben Okri
Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.
Ben Okri
I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people.
Ben Okri
To sustain your belief through situations that completely undermine it is quite something.
Ben Okri
Some of my reactions are very Nigerian. I still believe that words are things.
Ben Okri
I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again. It's what life does.
Ben Okri
The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
Ben Okri
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.
Ben Okri
Fire is one of my temperaments. It is behind all my work... Fire is a chemical presence.
Ben Okri
We never think that our mothers will die. It was like suddenly an abyss opened at my feet - I was standing on nothing. It was the strangest thing. Her passing away ripped the solidity out of the world.
Ben Okri
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