"Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Ben Okri on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Ben Okri on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Ben Okri on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Ben Okri on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Ben Okri on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."