"I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Naguib Mahfouz on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Naguib Mahfouz on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Naguib Mahfouz on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Naguib Mahfouz on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Naguib Mahfouz on Joseph Stalin
"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."