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One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
by Naguib Mahfouz

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
- Naguib Mahfouz

My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought
the Nobel a Western prize.
- Naguib Mahfouz

 

Today's interpretations of religion are often backward
and contradict the needs of civilization.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If the urge to write should ever leave me,
I want that day to be my last.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate
against the vilification of religions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts,
questions, and values.
That is art.
- Naguib Mahfouz

In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat.
Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
- Naguib Mahfouz

As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture,
industry and education as our final goals,
and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.
- Naguib Mahfouz

History is full of people who went to prison or were
burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas.
Society has always defended itself.
- Naguib Mahfouz

My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish.
Don't forget that their support and their reading of
my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense
that I was being pursued,
and also the conviction that under the political order of the times,
our lives had no meaning.
- Naguib Mahfouz

It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man
well than to be always praying and fasting and touching
one's head to a prayer mat.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life,
the feeling that my literature could be appreciated
on an international level.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I believe society has a right to defend itself,
just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I reject any path which rejects life,
but I can't help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful.
It gives relief in the midst of battle.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I
am not used and which I would not have preferred.
- Naguib Mahfouz

We are passing through a very sensitive time,
and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems.
- Naguib Mahfouz

We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories.
But don't forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I've never worked in politics, never been a member
of an official committee or a political party.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Sadat made us feel more secure.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I consider Khomeini's position dangerous.
He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Events at home, at work, in the street -
these are the bases for a story.
- Naguib Mahfouz

According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy,
he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel.
I have to meet everyone he sends my way.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Insults are the business of the court.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Hosni Mubarak...
his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic.
We can voice our opinions now.
The press is free.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media,
but I would have preferred to work in peace.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If we reject science, we reject the common man.
- Naguib Mahfouz

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes.
I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour.
If I have something to write, I prefer to write in
the morning until midday,
and in the afternoon, I eat.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry,
but it is not the answer.
Sufism is like a mirage in the desert.
It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I defend both the freedom of expression and society's right to counter it.
I must pay the price for differing.
It is the natural way of things.
- Naguib Mahfouz

An allegory is not meant to be taken literally.
There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.
- Naguib Mahfouz

We are like a woman with a difficult pregnancy.
We have to rebuild the social classes in Egypt,
and we must change the way things were.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I was reading a lot of books I admired,
and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity,
and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.
- Naguib Mahfouz

There are no heroes in most of my stories.
I look at our society with a critical eye and find
nothing extraordinary in the people I see.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I didn't make any money from my writing until much later.
I published about 80 stories for nothing.
I spent on literature.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I started writing while I was a little boy.
Maybe it's because I was reading a lot of books I admired,
and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
Also, my love for good writing pushed me.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The Arab world also won the Nobel with me.
I believe that international doors have opened,
and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also.
We deserve that recognition.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy


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