When will the state of the country be sound?... When its people believe that the end result of cowardice is more disastrous than that of behaving with integrity.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
I am the son of two civilizations that at a certain age in history have formed a happy marriage. The first of these, seven thousand years old, is the Pharaonic civilization; the second, one thousand four hundred years old, is the Islamic civilization.
Happy is he who can give himself up.
I found myself in a sea in which the waves of joy and sorrow were clashing against each other.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.
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.
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.
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.
Without literature my life would be miserable.
I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature.
The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.