"People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field, by hard, rigorous work."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Tahar Ben Jelloun on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Marilyn Monroe
"Beauty is first and foremost an emotion."
"I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity."
"Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price."
"Emigration is no longer a solution it's a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they're knocking on doors that are not open."
"We must have our say, not through violence, aggression or fear. We must speak out calmly and forcefully. We shall only be able to enter the new world era if we agree to engage in dialogue with the other side."
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