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

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My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don't forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.

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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 love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.

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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 defend both the freedom of expression and society's right to counter it. I must pay the price for differing. It is the natural way of things.

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

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