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

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If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.

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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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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 was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense that I was being pursued, and also the conviction that under the political order of the times, our lives had no meaning.

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

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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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I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace.

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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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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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If we reject science, we reject the common man.

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The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.

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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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