Quotes by Iranian authors


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"Rumi, who is one of the greatest Persian poets, said that the truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth"
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"In Afghanistan, this is the problem, because everybody holds a piece of that mirror, and they all look at it and claim that they hold the entire truth"
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"If I make two films in a year, they'll be different. This is my style - I can't have just one way"
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"I was in jail four and a half years. When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice, but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema"
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"The style depends on the subject"
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"From my films, you can at least learn about Iran, you can get a sense of the history and the society. But no such films have been made about Afghanistan, so you really can't know much about it"
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"From 7 in the morning to 11 at night, I was reading. I don't think one can find any other time in one's life to be left alone so much to read in peace like that"
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"But also, there are no films being made about Afghanistan"
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"In many ways, it is very real, because I sat there for 9 days, and it was constantly happening, and that was the 9 days of making the film. But you can't say that it's 100% true, because there are places where I've been intrusive and interfered"
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"I'm not playing myself. It's a symbolic situation, where I want to introduce a fascist behind the table. I couldn't have had anybody else do that; for it to be successful, I had to do it myself"
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"Five years ago, Samira did not want to continue in the regular school system in Iran. To help her with her education, I set up a home school. It wasn't just for my family, it was open to other friends"
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"The establishment of Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world"
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"Fortunately, Iranians are politically active worldwide"
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"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of the war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land"
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"One can not impede scientific progress"
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"Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide"
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"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury"
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"We desire an expansion of relations with regional states and the establishment of extensive public contacts"
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"We believe that visa quotas should be lifted and people should visit anywhere they wish freely"
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"The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world"
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"We are not afraid of nuclear weapons. The point is that if we had in fact wanted to build a nuclear bomb, we are brave enough to say that we want it. But we never do that"
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"For hundreds of years Iranians have been migrating to many parts of the world. They took Islamic culture to other parts of the world and established it there"
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"The United States' administrations... must recognize that Iran is a big power. Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country"
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"Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats"
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"Nuclear energy is the scientific achievement of the Iranian nation"
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"It is not just for a few states to sit and veto global approvals"
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"The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them"
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"Our nation is today a powerful nation"
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"In Iran I think nobody loses their job because of making a statement that reflects their opinion. From this point of view, conditions in Iran are far better than in many other places in the world"
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