"I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace."
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."Naguib Mahfouz on Jimi Hendrix
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."Naguib Mahfouz on Mahatma Gandhi
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."Naguib Mahfouz on Mother Teresa
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."Naguib Mahfouz on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."Naguib Mahfouz on John Lennon
"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."