Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Ben Okri
- Storytellers ought not be too tame. They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise. If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys.
- 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.
- We ought to step out of our old, hard casing. We think that we are one kind of people, when in fact we are always creating ourselves. We are not fixed. We are constantly becoming, constantly coming into being.
- The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.
- We can redream this world and make the dream come real. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves.
- What you see is what you make. What you see in a people is what you eventually create in them.
- If we could be pure dancers in spirit we would never be afraid to love, and we would love with strength and wisdom.
- 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.
- We have not yet arrived, but every point at which we stop requires a re-definition of our destination.
- He had to learn how not to let his eyes be bewildered by manifestations, and thereby learn to treat appearances as signs and codes of the interior.
Ben Okri, born on March 15, 1959, is a Nigerian-born poet and novelist acclaimed for his enchanting and philosophical storytelling. His literary works often explore the complexities of human existence, spirituality, and societal challenges. Okri gained international recognition primarily for his novel “The Famished Road,” which won the Booker Prize in 1991. This mystical and evocative narrative delves into the life of a spirit child named Azaro, navigating the tumultuous landscape of an African city.
Born in Minna, Nigeria, Okri spent his early years in London, where he later studied comparative literature at Essex University. His writing style beautifully merges reality with myth, folklore, and spirituality, creating a unique and mesmerizing literary experience.
Aside from his Booker Prize-winning novel, Okri’s bibliography includes numerous other novels, essays, short story collections, and poetry. His literary contributions often reflect a deep concern for the socio-political landscape of Nigeria and the wider world.
Beyond his writing, Okri is known for his philosophical outlook, emphasizing the importance of storytelling and imagination in understanding and interpreting the world. His works continue to inspire readers and writers alike, offering profound insights into the human condition.
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