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Naguib Mahfouz Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

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

 

Sadat made us feel more secure.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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

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Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts,
questions, and values.
That is art.
- 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 Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate
against the vilification of religions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.
- 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

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

Insults are the business of the court.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

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

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

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

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha


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