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.
God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
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.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.
If we reject science, we reject the common man.
The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
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.
According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.
Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.
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.
My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.
Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.
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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