If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.

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

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

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

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

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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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Sadat made us feel more secure.

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

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

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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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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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