Quotes by: Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Tahar Ben Jelloun
Tahar Ben Jelloun (2013)
Native name الطاهر بن جلون
Born (1944-12-01) 1 December 1944 (age 72)
Fes, French protectorate in Morocco
Occupation Novelist, poet
Language French
Nationality Moroccan
Alma mater Mohammed V University
Period 1973–present
Notable works The Sand Child
This Blinding Absence of Light
Notable awards Grand Officer, Legion of Honour (2008)
Prix Goncourt (1987)
Prix Ulysse (2005)
Website
taharbenjelloun.org

The intellectual, the man of thought, doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
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
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
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
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
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 love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
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
At 21, I discovered repression and injustice. The army would shoot students with real bullets.
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
My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible.
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
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
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
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
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
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
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
The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
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