Quotes by: Naguib Mahfouz
I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way.
The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions.
I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.
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.
Hosni Mubarak... his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic. We can voice our opinions now. The press is free.
I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace.
We are passing through a very sensitive time, and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems.
I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.
One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.