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Naguib Mahfouz quotes

Insults are the business of the court.

My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.

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

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

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.

I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.

If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.

If we reject science, we reject the common man.

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.

Sadat made us feel more secure.

The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.

The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions.

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.

The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.

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.

Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.

We are passing through a very sensitive time, and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems.