"The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Tahar Ben Jelloun on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Tahar Ben Jelloun on William Shakespeare
"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."