"I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Plato
"People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field, by hard, rigorous work."
"Beauty is first and foremost an emotion."
"I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity."
"Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price."
"Emigration is no longer a solution it's a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they're knocking on doors that are not open."