Facts about Naguib Mahfouz

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Naguib Mahfouz was a famous Novelist from Egypt, who lived between December 11, 1911 and August 30, 2006. He/she became 94 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac sagittarius, who is known for Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism. Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Naguib.

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Famous quotes by Naguib Mahfouz (41)


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"One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages"
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"My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize"
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"It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts"
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"At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic"
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"We are like a woman with a difficult pregnancy. We have to rebuild the social classes in Egypt, and we must change the way things were"
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"If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion"
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"I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised"
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"I defend both the freedom of expression and society's right to counter it. I must pay the price for differing. It is the natural way of things"
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"I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace"
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"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"
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"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"
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"It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat"
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"I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour. If I have something to write, I prefer to write in the morning until midday, and in the afternoon, I eat"
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"I started writing while I was a little boy. Maybe it's because I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday. Also, my love for good writing pushed me"
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"I consider Khomeini's position dangerous. He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way"
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"God did not intend religion to be an exercise club"
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"Insults are the business of the court"
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"I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees"
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"History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself"
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"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions"
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"We are passing through a very sensitive time, and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems"
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"In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works"
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"If we reject science, we reject the common man"
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"If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last"
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"I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense that I was being pursued, and also the conviction that under the political order of the times, our lives had no meaning"
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"I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way"
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"Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred"
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"Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization"
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"I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening"
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"Hosni Mubarak... his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic. We can voice our opinions now. The press is free"
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"Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story"
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"Without literature my life would be miserable"
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"I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while"
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"I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature"
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"We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories. But don't forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights"
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"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"
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"I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party"
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"I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday"
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"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"
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"An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers"
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"According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment"


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