BEN OKRI QUOTES

“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.”

“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”

“In a fractured age, when cynicism is god, here is a possible heresy: we live by stories, we also live in them.”

“In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.”

“We are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever known.”

“I believe in the greatness of humanity, and when I see people doing things that are terrible or wrong, I assume that there’s something wrong with the system that created them, not with the people themselves.”

“People who win all the time are deep inside afraid of losing. They don’t respect opponents enough and don’t know how to take victory or defeat gracefully.”

“When we abandon ourselves, we teach people to be cruel to us.”

“To be human is to know the terrain of sorrow.”

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

“We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected.”

“To be a writer is to live a life of the senses, to soak up the world with all your senses and pour it on the page.”

“You are what you dream you are.” QUOTES FOR GODSON

“The most important things are often the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”

“Creation is not a past event. It is a present phenomenon. We are creating. We are all creating our world every moment.”

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.”

“When you can imagine, you begin to create and when you begin to create, you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in.”

“The most dangerous stories we make up are the narratives that diminish our inherent worthiness.”

“The river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

“To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.”

“Our future is greater than the past. It resides not behind us but ahead of us.”

“The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”

“Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.”

“The only way to deal with fear is to face it and do the thing you fear most.”