Quotes by: Tahar Ben Jelloun
In Morocco, it's possible to see the Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the same time.
It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television. We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and express new values in it.
Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile.
Egypt has suffered more ordeals than the other countries to get where it is.
We must stop posing as victims of the West and behaving negatively towards the West. We must participate with the West on an equal footing in the reconstruction of the world.
I don't feel guilty about expressing myself in French; nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
An individual voice can be heard in a choir that otherwise sings in unison. This is something that is not excused.
This universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue.
We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally. We have no writers who are recognized, respected and loved outside the Arab world.
New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to make Europe what it is today. Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate.
My hope is that countries like Morocco will have investment to create work, so people don't have to leave.
I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.
I'd thought sexuality was instinctive or natural, but it's profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context.
We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
In the '70s I was in exile; every time I went back I wondered if they'd take my passport away.
I belong to a specific category of writers, those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.