People should know what they want, not just what they don’t want.
When I have an idea, I’m like a pregnant woman. I just have to deliver.
If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms.
That President Mohammad Khatami’s policies have been blocked is the bitterest incident in the contemporary Iranian history. This means that the wishes of millions of people who voted for Khatami and called for freedom and justice have been ignored… Why should cultural activities and journalism be so risky in Iran?
As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being.
It is impossible to advance new theories… when you are under the influence of a particular view, or under the pressure of a particular dogma.
In order for answers to become clear, the questions have to be clear.
It is up to God to reveal a religion, but up to us to understand and realise it.
One of the achievements of the reform movement is that people realize that they can be democrats and remain faithful Muslims. Democracy is now an established idea.
We must break problems down into small, digestible bits. We must define the concepts that we use and explain what components they consist of. We must tackle small problems.