In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
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.
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.
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.
God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
The criminal is trying to solve his immediate problems.
An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.
I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature.
If we reject science, we reject the common man.
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.
If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.
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.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
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.
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.
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.
I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.