Nawal El Saadawi Quotes

Home / Writer / Nawal El Saadawi Quotes
Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi
Native name نوال السعداوي
Born (1931-10-27) 27 October 1931 (age 85)
Kafr Tahla, Egypt
Occupation Physician, psychiatrist, author, feminist
Spouse(s) Sherif Hatata (m. 1964; div. 2010)[1]
Children 2

Education should be totally secular. I am not telling people not to believe in God, but it should be a personal matter which should be done at home.
Nawal El Saadawi
You know, I look to myself mainly as a creative writer all my life and a medical doctor.
Nawal El Saadawi
I don't think that people in power can be convinced by words or articles. They will never give it up by choice.
Nawal El Saadawi
A lot of women are afraid of loneliness, so when they see a woman who can live alone, then they think, 'Hmm, I can do that.' But you need an example, and that is why I am proud to say I have divorced three husbands.
Nawal El Saadawi

When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.
I've participated in many demonstrations since I was a child. When I was at medical college, I was fighting King Farouk, then British colonization, against Nasser, against Sadat who pushed me into prison, Mubarak who pushed me into exile. I never stopped.
Nawal El Saadawi
To me, 'beauty' means to be natural, creative, honest – to say the truth.
Nawal El Saadawi
I am becoming more radical with age. I have noticed that writers, when they are old, become milder. But for me it is the opposite. Age makes me more angry.
Nawal El Saadawi
Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil.
Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved – not where you are put in prison.
Nawal El Saadawi
In history, the millions win; that is democracy.
What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers.
Nawal El Saadawi
If you do not love yourself, well, you cannot do anything well, that's my philosophy.
Nawal El Saadawi
When you have increasing power of religious groups, oppression of women increases. Women are oppressed in all religions.
Nawal El Saadawi
Whenever I go to New York or any European country, they say: 'Nawal, why don't you get a facelift?' I tell them, 'I am proud of my wrinkles. Every wrinkle on my face tells the story of my life. Why should I hide my age?'
Nawal El Saadawi
Home to me is the world because my books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Nawal El Saadawi
When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it's easy.
Nawal El Saadawi
My three husbands were afraid of me. I am a very powerful woman.
I am very much against makeup and high heels and all that we inherit as 'beauty.'
Nawal El Saadawi
When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.
The family code in Egypt is one of the worst family codes in the Arab world. Polygamy. The husband is having absolute power over the family.
Nawal El Saadawi
Women in most countries have not achieved much, because they can't be liberated under the patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist and military system that determines the way we live now, and which is governed by power, not justice, by false democracy, not real freedom.
Nawal El Saadawi
The feminists who are aware of the effects of patriarchy realize that we are all in the same boat from the dangers of patriarchy, and that the oppression of women is universal.
Nawal El Saadawi
To be creative means to connect. It's to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.
Nawal El Saadawi
Unity is power; without unity women cannot fight for their rights anywhere.
Nawal El Saadawi
We here in Egypt are fed up with U.S. colonialism.
War criminals in the U.S. and Israel are not punished: no international court has the courage to put them on trial.
Nawal El Saadawi