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Ben Okri Quotes and Sayings

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

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

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.
- 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

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

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

I was going to be a scientist.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

I am merely a bit player in your stories,
as you are merely a bit player in mine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world just IS, and we all have our stories about it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely for having created stories of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our stories are the window to our emotions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely
for having created stories of suffering.
I forgive myself for all
my angers, resentments, jealousies,
and all the other emotions of suffering.
I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Some stories are true that never happened.
- Elie Wiesel

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money.
Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.
- Martin Cruz Smith

I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch
of stories about the Rough Riders.
- Tom Berenger

Writing is writing, and stories are stories.
Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction.
And even there, who can be sure?
- Tanith Lee

Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror,
and the novel I'd just finished was horror,
too.
- George Stephen

All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to,
the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
- Stanley Crouch

If you really want to tell stories, do it and don't be dissuaded.
- William Joyce

It's precisely the disappointing stories,
which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning,
that sound true to life.
- Max Frisch

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories.
For example, there is no sense in sending a picture
book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
- Margaret Mahy

Good stories flow like honey.
Bad stories stick in the craw.
A bad story? One that cannot be absorbed on the first time of reading.
- Arthur Christiansen

So certainly, if we can tell evil stories to make people sick,
we can also tell good myths that make them well.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around
looking for somebody to buy them.
- Larry Niven

Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person
who does portraits for a living? I could fill several
volumes with nice nasty stories.
I don't know.
- Imogen Cunningham

How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

I've been taking longer to write stories lately.
- Greg Egan

It's sort of what the Johnny and Devi stories are about,
the idea of always being a slave to something.
- Jhonen Vasquez

So far, at least, I haven't found a way to tell my
kind of stories without making them both sad and funny.
- Todd Solondz

The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell.
- Orson Scott Card

There are very few really stark black and white stories.
- Jim Lehrer

The US military still blames the media for stories
and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.
- Bruce Jackson

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell.
You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.
- Tracy Kidder

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

The first writing I did was short short stories for
a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

That's what the holidays are for - for one person to
tell the stories and another to dispute them.
Isn't that the Irish way?
- Lara Flynn Boyle

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

Sam Walton was a master storyteller who used illustrative
stories to reinforce his cultural standards.
- Michael Bergdahl

My grandmother told stories; she was very good at that.
- Cornelia Funke

I think I'm more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense,
to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies.
- Ben Kingsley

The American formula things are out there but they
don't have any stories to tell -
we have all the stories to tell -
but they're all formula.
- Yahoo Serious

Sometimes string figures were used to illustrate stories,
as in the case of an Eskimo example that depicts a man catching a salmon.
Sometimes they had magic or religious significance.
- Louis Leakey

Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.
- Wally Lamb

Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes
have recurred over and over,
in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess
Venus from the sea of our unconscious.
- Joan D. Vinge

I've always thought my poems told stories.
- Douglas Dunn

You've just got to focus on excellence and try not
to be distracted by the news and the rumors and the
absurdities of the stories that were coming out.
- James Daly

We make the oldest stories new when we succeed,
and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail.
- Greil Marcus

As a journalist, it is so easy to get hardened when
you see so many stories that are disturbing.
Sometimes it's just your survival mechanism that makes
you hardened to some of it.
- Linda Vester

Babylon 5 is probably the biggest, most ambitious television
science fiction series ever made.
It's one big novel told over five years with 110 different stories told within it.
- Bill Mumy

There's no such thing as the United Nations.
If the U.N.
secretary building in New York lost 10 stories,
it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
- John Bolton

I am also working on a couple of short stories for anthologies.
This is new to me and I'm enjoying it.
- Judith Guest

There's the downtown area of Tupelo.
Did you see the skyscrapers? Two stories.
- Bobby Heenan

I've written thousands of stories, started hundreds of news cycles.
- Matt Drudge


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