"Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private."
"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."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Tahar Ben Jelloun 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."Tahar Ben Jelloun on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Tahar Ben Jelloun 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."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Camus
"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."