Naguib Mahfouz Quotes & Sayings

47 most famous Naguib Mahfouz quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an Egyptian novelist who passed away on 30 August, 2006.

Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“I defend both the freedom of expression and society's right to counter it. I must pay the price for differing. It is the natural way of things.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“I reject any path which rejects life, but I can't help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful. It gives relief in the midst of battle.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.”
Naguib Mahfouz Quotes
“We are like a woman with a difficult pregnancy. We have to rebuild the social classes in Egypt, and we must change the way things were.”

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