November 10, 2016

Naguib Mahfouz Quotes

“According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.”

“An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.”

“As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.”

“At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.”

“Events at home, at work, in the street – these are the bases for a story.”

“God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.”

“History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.”

“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.”

“I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way.”

“I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.”

“I consider Khomeini’s position dangerous. He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way.”