6.2.06

Notable Quotes

BEN OKRI
10½ Inclinations
There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and enlighten
you. Find that trail.
Read outside your own nation, colour, class, gender.
Read the books your parents hate.
Read the books your parents love.
Have one or two authors that are important, that speak to you;
and make their works your secret passion.
Read widely, for fun, stimulation, escape.
Don't read what everyone else is reading. Check them out later,
cautiously.
Read what you're not supposed to read.
Read for your own liberation and mental freedom.
Books are like mirrors. Don't just read the words. Go into the
mirror.
That is where the real secrets are. Inside. Behind. That's where the gods
dream, where our realities are born. 10½) Read the world. It is the most
mysterious book of all.
(c) Ben Okri 2006. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

Alice said...

This goes well with Richard Peck's:

"I read because one life isn't enough, and in the pages of a book I can be anybody;
I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life;
I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map;
I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material;
I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;
I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready."