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" According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment. "
" The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems. "
" My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize. "
" Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story. "
" History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself. "
" If we reject science, we reject the common man. "
" Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred. "
" 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. "
" Insults are the business of the court. "
" Hosni Mubarak... his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic. We can voice our opinions now. The press is free. "
" If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion. "
" At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic. "
" 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. "
" An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers. "
Meant To Be
" 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. "
" It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts. "
" I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way. "
" The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions. "
" My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don't forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize. "
" I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature. "
" I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party. "
" 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 believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees. "
" Without literature my life would be miserable. "
" I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening. "
" 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. "
" The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art. "
" I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised. "
" 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 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. "