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Tahar Ben Jelloun Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

Beauty is first and foremost an emotion.
- 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
- 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

You can lead a man to Congress,
but you can't make him think.
- Milton Berle

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
- Max Lucado


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