"My hope is that countries like Morocco will have investment to create work, so people don't have to leave."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Dalai Lama
"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."