Ben Okri

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    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.
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    It is not important for me as a writer that you leave a piece of writing of mine with either an agreement or even a resonance with what I have said. What is important is that you leave with the resonance of what you have felt and what you thought in reaction to that.
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    One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity.
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    Our time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space.
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    Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible.
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    Reading is an act of civilization; it's one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.
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    Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.
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    The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.
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    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.
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    The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
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    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.
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    The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
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    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.
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    The worst time was 1983. Love and life and everything went wrong. I reached absolute rock bottom. I saw the Minotaur at the bottom of the abyss. I learnt of the harshness of the world and its impartiality to human failure.
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    We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
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