If we reject science, we reject the common man.

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

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I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way.

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

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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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The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.

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

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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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One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.

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