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Nawal El Saadawi quotes

We here in Egypt are fed up with U.S. colonialism.

To be creative means to connect. It's to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.

Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved - not where you are put in prison.

What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers.

If you do not love yourself, well, you cannot do anything well, that's my philosophy.

When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.

When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it's easy.

Whenever I go to New York or any European country, they say: 'Nawal, why don't you get a facelift?' I tell them, 'I am proud of my wrinkles. Every wrinkle on my face tells the story of my life. Why should I hide my age?'

Education should be totally secular. I am not telling people not to believe in God, but it should be a personal matter which should be done at home.

Home to me is the world because my books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

I am very much against makeup and high heels and all that we inherit as 'beauty.'

I don't think that people in power can be convinced by words or articles. They will never give it up by choice.

In history, the millions win; that is democracy.

My three husbands were afraid of me. I am a very powerful woman.

Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil.

The family code in Egypt is one of the worst family codes in the Arab world. Polygamy. The husband is having absolute power over the family.

To me, 'beauty' means to be natural, creative, honest - to say the truth.

Unity is power; without unity women cannot fight for their rights anywhere.

War criminals in the U.S. and Israel are not punished: no international court has the courage to put them on trial.

When you have increasing power of religious groups, oppression of women increases. Women are oppressed in all religions.