Ben Okri Quotes

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Ben Okri Quotes

Dont neglect the gold in your own back yard.
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To see the madness and yet walk a perfect silver line ... That's what the true story-teller should be: a great guide, a clear mind, who can walk a silver line in hell or madness.

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A tolerable hell is better than an impossible heaven.

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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.

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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.

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The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.

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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.

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The greatest religions convert the world through stories.

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'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.

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The strange thing about Africa is how past, present and future come together in a kind of rough jazz, if you like.

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I know that human beings are capable of anything.

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A man's greatest battles are the ones he fights within himself.

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