"Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Ben Okri on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Ben Okri on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Ben Okri on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Ben Okri on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Ben Okri on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"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."
"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."