Quotes by: Tahar Ben Jelloun
|Tahar Ben Jelloun
Tahar Ben Jelloun (2013)
||الطاهر بن جلون
1 December 1944 |
Fes, French protectorate in Morocco
||Mohammed V University
||The Sand Child
This Blinding Absence of Light
|| Grand Officer, Legion of Honour (2008)
Prix Goncourt (1987)
Prix Ulysse (2005)
The intellectual, the man of thought, doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
It is through accepting other people in our own countries that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn.
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.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
I write about wounds, the eternal treasons of life. It's not very funny, but it's sincere. My commitment is to sincerity.
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.
I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
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.
At 21, I discovered repression and injustice. The army would shoot students with real bullets.
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.
My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible.
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.
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national consultation in which people representing different programmes can make a bid for power.
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.
What have we achieved since the end of the Second World War? We have allowed petty, bourgeois regimes in which everything is average, mediocre.
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.
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.
The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge.