The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
We often attribute ‘understanding’ and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.
I liked Sartre’s views but not his writing.
I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.
I do not use the language of my people. I can take liberties with certain themes which the Arabic language would not allow me to take.
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private.
To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national consultation in which people representing different programmes can make a bid for power.