"The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Ben Okri on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Ben Okri on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Ben Okri on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Ben Okri on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Ben Okri on Steve Jobs
"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."