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

Ben Okri

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Nigerian

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Her legend, which would sprout a thousand hallucinations, had been born in our midst – born of stories and rumours which, in time, would become some of the most extravagant realities of our lives.

Fire is one of my temperaments. It is behind all my work... Fire is a chemical presence.

The antimony on their features was set on silvery fire by the intensity of the moon. And their bodies, solid and quivering and half-naked, were like ancient memories of a mystical time without boundaries when it was possible to enter the consciousness of a cornseed and foretell the harvest to come.

The only power that black people have is their hunger.

Some of my reactions are very Nigerian. I still believe that words are things.

So long as a canvas is empty its potential is infinite… The empty canvas can become a gateway into the landscape of nightmares or a vision of sensual bliss.

It is easier to get lost within sight of the palace. [...] Hope makes all things near, and so can prove treacherous.

If I don't say the thought right I might destroy it.

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.

This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down.

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

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.

Nothing is more difficult than knowing what you really think.

If You Look Too Deeply Everything Breaks Your Heart.