Ben Okri Quotes

Ben Okri Quotes: 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.
Author: Ben Okri
If we could be pure dancers in spirit we would never be afraid to love, and we would love with strength and wisdom.
Author: Ben Okri
The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.
Author: Ben Okri
Bad things will happen and good things too. Your life will be full of surprises. Miracles happen only where there has been suffering. So taste your grief to the fullest. Don't try and press it down. Don't hide from it. Don't escape. It is life too. It is truth. But it will pass and time will put a strange honey in the bitterness. That's the way life goes.
Author: Ben Okri
Literature doesn't have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. His Falstaff, for example, is very African in his appetite for life, his largeness of spirit. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens characters are Nigerians.
Author: Ben Okri
I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people.
Author: Ben Okri
It is easy to forget how mysterious and mighty stories are. They do their work in silence, invisibly. They work with all the internal materials of your mind and self. They become part of you while changing you. Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.
Author: Ben Okri
Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.
Author: Ben Okri
I was born left-handed, but I was made to use my other hand. When I was writing 'Famished Road,' which was very long, I got repetitive stress syndrome. My right wrist collapsed, so I started using my left hand. The prose I wrote with my left hand came out denser, so later on I had to change it.
Author: Ben Okri
If we are true, if we can love, if we have vision, if we can have courage, we can, we should, we ought to, we will...
Author: 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.
Author: Ben Okri
A man must be able to hold his drink because drunkenness is sometimes necessary in this difficult life.
Author: Ben Okri
To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they
Author: Ben Okri
I know that human beings are capable of anything.
Author: 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.
Author: Ben Okri
I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
Author: Ben Okri