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The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
by Ben Okri

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
hints at human imperfection.
Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
- Ben Okri

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.
- Ben Okri

Politics is the art of the possible;
creativity is the art of the impossible.
- Ben Okri

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.
- Ben Okri

 

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.
- Ben Okri

I was going to be a scientist.
- Ben Okri

I lived rough, by my wits, was homeless,
lived on the streets, lived on friends' floors,
was happy, was miserable.
- Ben Okri

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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.
- Ben Okri

Stories can conquer fear, you know.
They can make the heart bigger.
- Ben Okri

The magician and the politician have much in common:
they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
- Ben Okri

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity.
Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
- Ben Okri

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.
- Ben Okri

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature.
I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
- Ben Okri

The greatest religions convert the world through stories.
- Ben Okri

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.
- Ben Okri

You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria.
We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested,
and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew.
You had to dream up new ones.
- Ben Okri

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.
- Ben Okri

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

I think the secret of my light, quick,
foot strike is related to the fact that I have fragile feet.
- Frank Shorter

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
- Diane Sawyer

I work hard at that, but the fact that there are a
lot of good songs means there are also a lot of really
bad songs I've written that you never hear.
- John Fogerty

As years go by, chances of winning here are getting slimmer.
That's just a matter of fact.
It does get tougher, but it's possible,
there's a tiny little chance.
- Stefan Edberg

The interesting thing is always to see if you can find
a fact that will change your mind about something,
to test and see if you can.
- Diane Sawyer

That and the fact that I knew that nobody was going
to publish my work at Dark Horse or DC or anywhere.
- Rob Walton

It is said that desire is a product of the will,
but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
- Denis Diderot

In fact, the U.S.
military has bent over backwards to respect the religious
beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us.
- Linda Chavez

I'm just gonna be doing stuff that I really enjoy doing.
I'm not gonna attempt to be current in any way other
than the fact that people will like what I'm doing currently.
- Pat Travers

The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural.
Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
- Ray Charles

In fact when I first got my Apple II the first thing
I did was turn it on and off,
on and off, just because I had the power to do so,
which I'd never had on a computer before.
- Andy Hertzfeld

As politicians we have to react to the fact that many
people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.
- Angela Merkel

The fact that the talk may be boring or turgid or uninspiring
should not cause us to forget the fact that it is preferable to war.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

France is not poetic; she even feels,
in fact, a congenital horror of poetry.
Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will
always prefer are the most prosaic.
- Charles Baudelaire

The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could
punish the man without punishing the office.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.


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