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

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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.

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Without literature my life would be miserable.

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Insults are the business of the court.

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It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.

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

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Hosni Mubarak... his constitution is not democratic, but he is democratic. We can voice our opinions now. The press is free.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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