"There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Naguib Mahfouz on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Naguib Mahfouz on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Naguib Mahfouz on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Naguib Mahfouz on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Naguib Mahfouz on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."