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

Ben Okri

Ben Okri

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Nigerian

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

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.

To anyone who is homeless, I say, find a home.

He danced there like an overturned centipede.

It was a night replaying its corrosive recurrence on the road of our lives, on the road which was hungry for great transformations.

The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.

I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again. It's what life does.

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.

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.

This earth that we live on is full of stories in the same way that, for a fish, the ocean is full of ocean. Some people say when we are born we're born into stories. I say we're also born from stories.

There was a long silence as we swam around in the strange currents of Dad's words.

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.

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.

You are a mischievous one. You will cause no end of trouble. You have to travel many roads before you find the river of your destiny. This life of yours will be full of riddles. You will be protected and you will never be alone.