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The world does not look to us in the Arab world out
by Tahar Ben Jelloun

The world does not look to us in the Arab world out
of a healthy desire for knowledge.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

There are very few great poets in the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Beauty is first and foremost an emotion.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I write about wounds, the eternal treasons of life.
It's not very funny, but it's sincere.
My commitment is to sincerity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

 

My sensibility steers me toward writers who are out on their own.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national
consultation in which people representing different
programmes can make a bid for power.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I love life in spite of all that mars it.
I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Emigration is no longer a solution; it's a defeat.
People are risking death, drowning every day,
but they're knocking on doors that are not open.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice.
They are rebellious and incorruptible.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We must stop posing as victims of the West and behaving
negatively towards the West.
We must participate with the West on an equal footing
in the reconstruction of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the '70s I was in exile; every time I went back
I wondered if they'd take my passport away.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I liked Sartre's views but not his writing.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My hope is that countries like Morocco will have investment to create work,
so people don't have to leave.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It is through accepting other people in our own countries
that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Intellectuals try to keep going.
But their situation is very difficult.
Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition
have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television.
We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and
express new values in it.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the
errors and fanaticism of human beings.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being,
a way of facing life and facing history.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

This universe can very well be expressed in words and
syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I belong to a specific category of writers,
those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I do not use the language of my people.
I can take liberties with certain themes which the
Arabic language would not allow me to take.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The intellectual, the man of thought,
doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Egypt has suffered more ordeals than the other countries to get where it is.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

What have we achieved since the end of the Second World
War? We have allowed petty,
bourgeois regimes in which everything is average,
mediocre.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics.
It is private.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other;
it is something which goes much further than that to
provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The power of the word in Morocco belonged to men and to the authorities.
No one asked the point of view of poor people or women.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In Morocco, it's possible to see the Atlantic and the
Mediterranean at the same time.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

An individual voice can be heard in a choir that otherwise sings in unison.
This is something that is not excused.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

At 21, I discovered repression and injustice.
The army would shoot students with real bullets.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Be vigilant, for nothing one achieves lasts forever.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I'd thought sexuality was instinctive or natural,
but it's profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I don't feel guilty about expressing myself in French;
nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare -
and precious as a pearl.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We must have our say, not through violence,
aggression or fear.
We must speak out calmly and forcefully.
We shall only be able to enter the new world era if
we agree to engage in dialogue with the other side.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

New ideas should confront old ideas.
We must refer to the example of Europe.
People have fought to make Europe what it is today.
Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

People must insist on the right to say no,
to be alone, to stand out from the herd.
Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field,
by hard, rigorous work.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice,
exploitation, humiliation.
I know that's not enough to change the world.
But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I have written about the dispossessed,
immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy
the same legal rights as men,
the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

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

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

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

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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