"I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Ben Okri on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Ben Okri on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Ben Okri on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Ben Okri on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Ben Okri on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide."
"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."
"The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it's about us, it's about the reader."
"I was born left-handed, but I was made to use my other hand. When I was writing 'Famished Road,' which was very long, I got repetitive stress syndrome. My right wrist collapsed, so I started using my left hand. The prose I wrote with my left hand came out denser, so later on I had to change it."
"One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man."