I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.

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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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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 reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.

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Without literature my life would be miserable.

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

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

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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 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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