"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Ben Okri on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Ben Okri on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Ben Okri on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Ben Okri on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Ben Okri on Joseph Campbell
"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."