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Ben Okri Quotes

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I was going to be a scientist.
- Ben Okri

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

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

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

 

The greatest religions convert the world through stories.
- 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

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

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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.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't get to choose how you're going to die,
only how you're going to live.
- Joan Baez

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

Don't talk about what you have done
or what you are going to do.
- Thomas Jefferson

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It was impossible to get a conversation going,
everybody was talking too much.
- Yogi Berra

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

Death is nothing else but going home to God,
the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.
- Mother Teresa

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

A true friend never gets in your way
unless you happen to be going down.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Going nowhere faster will not get you somewhere.
- Alan Cohen

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch -
we are going back from whence we came.
- John F. Kennedy

If you ask me anything I don't know,
I'm not going to answer.
- Yogi Berra

Feeling overwhelmed by apparent demands on our time
is like going to a restaurant,
ordering everything on the menu,
and complaining about indigestion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
- Joseph P. Kennedy

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
- Joseph Campbell

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear
to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.
- Sylvester Stallone

Those distractions that turn my attention from
what I thought I was going to do today are not "rat holes";
they are Enchanted Rabbit Holes
with a Magical White Bunny awaiting in each.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have a great life here in Alaska,
and we're never going back to America again!
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
- John Muir

Fasten your safety belts, clench your buttocks!
It's going be a bumpy ride!
- the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good-bye is never painful unless
you're never going to say hello again.
- Anonymous

I'm going to go in the bathroom and scream.
I'll be out in a minute.
- the Woody Allen movie What's New Pussycat

If you don't know where you are going,
you might wind up someplace else.
- Yogi Berra

Life is a continuity always and always.
There is no final destination it is going towards.
Just the pilgrimage, just the journey in itself is life,
not reaching to some point,
no goal - just dancing and being in pilgrimage,
moving joyously, without bothering about any destination.
- Osho

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard


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