Quotes by: Naguib Mahfouz

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I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way.
Naguib Mahfouz
The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions.
Naguib Mahfouz
I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.
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
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
We are passing through a very sensitive time, and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems.
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
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
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 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
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
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
My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.
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
I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.
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
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