"I write about wounds, the eternal treasons of life. It's not very funny, but it's sincere. My commitment is to sincerity."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Elbert Hubbard
"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."