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Naguib Mahfouz
December 11, 1911 - August 30, 2006
Nationality: Egyptian
Category: Novelist

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.


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


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.


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


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.


I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred.


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


In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.


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.


I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.


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.


Insults are the business of the court.


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.


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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