"The strange thing about Africa is how past, present and future come together in a kind of rough jazz, if you like."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Ben Okri on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Ben Okri on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Ben Okri on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Ben Okri on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Ben Okri on William Shakespeare
"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."