"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."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Ben Okri on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Ben Okri on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Ben Okri on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Ben Okri on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Ben Okri on Mahatma Gandhi
"Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide."
"I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people."
"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."
"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."