Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.

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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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At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

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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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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 reject any path which rejects life, but I can't help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful. It gives relief in the midst of battle.

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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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History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

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

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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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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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