"Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Naguib Mahfouz on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Naguib Mahfouz on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Naguib Mahfouz on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Naguib Mahfouz on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Naguib Mahfouz on Albert Camus
"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."