"It is through accepting other people in our own countries that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Abraham Lincoln
"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."