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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.

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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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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 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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I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.

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