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

Ben Okri

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Nigerian

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One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity.

I noticed that in a corner, across from where they ate with such innocent relish, sitting forlorn and abandoned, was the ghost of their son. He had lost both of his arms, one side of his face was squashed, and both his eyes had burst. He had bluish wings. He was the saddest ghost in the house.

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.

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.

Don't fear. You will always have something to struggle for, even if it is beauty or joy.

To sustain your belief through situations that completely undermine it is quite something.

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.

Beware of the stories you read or tell. Subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.

I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people.

Home can be the friend you have been searching for all your life or the person you met once very briefly.

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.

Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose its moorings or lose its orientations. even in silence we are living our stories.

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.

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.