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    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
    tags: world  seeing 
     
    At the heart of 'The Famished Road' is a philosophical conundrum - for me, an essential one: what is reality? Everybody's reality is subjective; it's conditioned by upbringing, ideas, temperament, religion, what's happened to you.
    — Ben Okri
    When I write a poem, I go into a state of self-forgetfulness, and something higher takes over; I like to call it my best self.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: self  write  poem 
     
    I study people all the time. For some reason, we're not very good at seeing what's there or hearing what we're hearing.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: time  people  seeing 
     
    Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible.
    — Ben Okri
    You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: stories  dreams  kids 
     
    Home can be the friend you have been searching for all your life or the person you met once very briefly.
    — Ben Okri
    Reading is an act of civilization; it's one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.
    — 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
    tags: failure  time  world  human  wrong 
     
    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
    tags: world  die  mother 
     
    Some of my reactions are very Nigerian. I still believe that words are things.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: believe 
     
    Fire is one of my temperaments. It is behind all my work... Fire is a chemical presence.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: work  fire 
     
    You cannot come to a Nigerian restaurant without having pepper soup.
    — Ben Okri
    'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' had a formative effect on me. I think it's one of those works that if you encounter it very early you're doubly enchanted by the beauty of the language and the strangeness of the vision. It stays with you.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: beauty  work  language  vision 
     
    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
    The poem is never complete in the mind. It emerges, and then it's like an act of unveiling. The unveiling is the longest and most difficult part of it.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: mind  poem 
     
    I began my writing life as a poet, so poetry has always been fundamental. I evolved from poetry to journalism to stories to novels. But poetry was always there.
    — Ben Okri
    I am one year older than Nigeria at 51. In a human life, 51 might be old. But it is very young for a nation. By that, I mean a Nigeria conscious of itself as a nation.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: young  conscious  human  year 
     
    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
    tags: believe 
     
    The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have it
    — Ben Okri
    There ought to be three traditions in the art of humanity: the realistic, the visionary and the wild.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: wild 
     
    One human life is deeper than the ocean. Strange fishes and sea-monsters and mighty plants live in the rock-bed of our spirits. The whole of human history is an undiscovered continent deep in our souls. There are dolphins, plants that dream, magic birds inside us. The sky is inside us. The earth is in us.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: live  magic  human  soul  earth  ocean  sky  spirit  dreams 
     
    A man's greatest battles are the ones he fights within himself.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: fight  battle 
     
    Maybe there are only three kinds of stories: those we live, those we tell, and those that help our souls fly upwards to a greater life.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: live  soul  help 
     
    The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
    — Ben Okri
    The road will never swallow you. The river of destiny will always overcome evil. May you understand your fate. Suffering will never destroy you, but will make you stronger. Success will never confuse you of scatter your spirit, but will make you fly higher into the good sunlight. Your life will always surprise you.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: evil  fate  suffering  spirit  success 
     
    We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: fate  live  dreams  ideas  childhood 
     
    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
    — Ben Okri
    tags: conscious  gift  stories 
     
    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
    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
    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
    tags: attention 
     
    Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: secret  live  stories 
     
    When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you're suffering in.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: live  world  suffering  imagine 
     
    Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: world  night  water  stories  read 
     
    We have not yet arrived, but every point at which we stop requires a re-definition of our destination.
    — 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.
    — Ben Okri
    tags: time  truth  grief  suffering  bad  miracle  honey 
     
    I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people.
    — 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
    We disliked the rigours of existence, the unfulfilled longings, the enshrined injustices of the world, the labyrinths of love, the ignorance of parents, the fact of dying, and the amazing indifference of the Living in the midst of the simple beauties of the universe. We feared the heartlessness of human beings, all of whom are born blind, few of whom ever learn to see.
    — Ben Okri
    a dream can be the highest point of a life
    — Ben Okri
    tags: dreams 
     
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    ben okri
    Birth    : March 15, 1959
    Occupation  : Poet