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14 Famous Quotes by Ben Okri
3/15/1959 - (Present)
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We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.

Childhood Quotes, by Ben Okri

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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.

Competence Quotes, by Ben Okri

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To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they

Nations Quotes, by Ben Okri

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Not many artists commit suicide by leaping off the pinnacle of success.

Suicide Quotes, by Ben Okri

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We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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Our time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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The worst realities of our age are manufactured realities. It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. The fact of possessing imagination means that everything can be re dreamed. Each reality can have it

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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Literature doesn't have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. His Falstaff, for example, is very African in his appetite for life, his largeness of spirit. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens' characters are Nigerians. Do y

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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When chaos is the god of an era, clamorous music is the deity's chief instrument.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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I don't think I can make people understand what my writing is about. That really belongs to time and the individual.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ben Okri

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