Best Quotes by Egyptian Writer Naguib Mahfouz

Collection of famous quotes by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz.

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Taha Hussein, to explore themes of existentialism. 

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Best Quotes by Naguib Mahfouz

At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

As the tension eases we must look in the direction of agriculture industry and education as our final goals and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.

— Naguib Mahfouz

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

Events at home at work in the street – these are the bases for a story.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.

— Naguib Mahfouz

If you want to move people you look for a point of sensitivity and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

If we reject science we reject the common man.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

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

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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.

— Naguib Mahfouz

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