"Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Naguib Mahfouz on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Naguib Mahfouz on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Naguib Mahfouz on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Naguib Mahfouz on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Naguib Mahfouz on Robert Frost
"At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"God did not intend religion to be an exercise club."