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

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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I consider Khomeini's position dangerous. He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way.

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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.

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It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.

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

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At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

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I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.

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I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.

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