The best Quotes by Ben Okri

The best Quotes by Ben Okri

Sir Ben Golden Emuobowho Okri (born 15 March 1959) is a Nigerian-born British poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions, and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again. It's what life does.
The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
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.
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.

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Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.
Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta
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You know, you're gonna have to get much better at lying if you want to be president.
Lucifer Morningstar in Lucifer - Season 1 Episode 1
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Don't forget, she's a politician, and they're not to be trusted.
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Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.
When politicians offer you something for nothing, or something that sounds too good to be true, it's always worth taking a careful second look.
People hate politicians. And I can understand why.
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
Leia: "I don't want to be a senator!"
Bail: "It is why you'll probably be one of the best."
Bail Organa in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - Season 1 Episode 1
The duty of a leader is to serve their people, not for the people to serve them.
Elon Musk - February 2022
Politics is a game and a profession. It doesn't really serve the people the politicians are supposed to serve.
When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants.
Nations have come under the control of haters and fools.
Do we elect a man because of what he stands for, because of where he stands on the issues, because how he makes the nation feel?
If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
I believe that a politician needs to be with people.
If you watch the news, you see politicians use human vulnerabilities to get in and earn people's trust.
I would rather be beaten, and be a man, than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.
The president is like a lone tree in an empty field. He leans whichever way the wind is blowing.
Francis Underwood in House of Cards - Season 2 Episode 2
The witch in 'Hänsel and Gretel'... she's very misunderstood. I mean, the woman builds her dream house and these brats come along and start eating it!
Miranda Hobbes in Sex And The City - Season 1 Episode 10
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"So light a fire!" Harry choked.
"Yes... of course... but there's no wood!"
"Have you gone mad!" Ron bellowed. "Are you a witch or not!"
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To burn the witch is to admit that magic exists.
Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple corer.
Terry Pratchett - Carpe Jugulum
Minor magicians take pains to fit this traditional wizardly bill. By contrast, the really powerful magicians take pleasure in looking like accountants.
Jonathan Stroud in Bartimaeus Sequence - 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
"Are witches bad?"
"No. Though some of them are so full of darkness that when you look into their eyes, you think you'll never see the light again."
"You're a witch," whispered Snape. She looked affronted.
"That's not a very nice thing to say to somebody!"
Jaskier: "Actually, I've always wanted to know, do witchers ever retire?"
Geralt: "Yeah, when they slow and get killed."
Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher - Season 1 Episode 4
No witch has ever claimed to own the Elder Wand. Make of that what you will.
The persecution of witches and wizards was gathering pace all over Europe in the early fifteenth century. Many in the magical community felt, and with good reason, that offering to cast a spell on the Muggle-next-door's sickly pig was tantamount to volunteering to fetch the firewood for one's own funeral pyre.
How could you not be, my dratted sister being what she was? Oh, she got a letter just like that and disappeared off to that - that school - and came home every holiday with her pockets full of frog spawn, turning teacups into rats. I was the only one who saw her for what she was - a freak! But for my mother and father, oh no, it was Lily this and Lily that, they were proud of having a witch in the family!
I'm paranoid. On my stationary bike, I have a rear view mirror.
When you're in love it's the most glorious two and a half days of your life.
I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.
I tried phone sex - it gave me an ear infection.
During sex I fantasize that I'm someone else.
I like to read biographies of authors that I love, like Richard Yates. I also like to see what non-fiction authors are out there. My bible is Something Happened. It's one of the greatest books I've ever read. But if I don't read a Dostoevsky soon I'm going to kill myself.
For 45 years I've worked without an audience.
I love being famous. It validates that I have something to say.
My parents were my worst audience.

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