"History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Naguib Mahfouz on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Naguib Mahfouz on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Naguib Mahfouz on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Naguib Mahfouz on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Naguib Mahfouz on Thomas Jefferson
"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."