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" For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity. "
" To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry. "
" I see poetry as spiritual medicine. "
" The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality. "
" I've built my homeland, I've even founded my state - in my language. "
" Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.' "
" Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol. "
" Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down. "
" The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms - all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace. "
" I never wanted children; maybe I'm afraid of responsibility. "
" Without hope we are lost. "
" When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book. "
" Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism. "
" Palestinian people are in love with life. "
" Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room. "
" The Palestinians are the only nation in the world that feels with certainty that today is better than what the days ahead will hold. Tomorrow always heralds a worse situation. "
" When I passed the age of 50, I learned how to control my emotions. "
" History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor. "
" Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by. "
" A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare. "
" I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light. "
" I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory. "
" The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it. "
" I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don't hate Jews. "