There are clear cases in which ‘understanding’ literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.
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.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
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.