There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.
Educated women armed with computers have defeated extremists by denying them a monopoly to define cultural identity and interpret religious texts. No extremist can say that women are inferior to men without being made a laughingstock on Al Jazeera. Islam insisted on equality between everyone.
The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
The Taliban is the Muslim version of the Salem witch trials.
While I am in this world, I am resolved that no vexation shall put me out of temper if I can possibly command myself. Even old age, which is making strides towards me, shall not prevail to make me peevish.
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
I do not regret the part I have taken in a cause so just and interesting to mankind.
I was amazed to realize that for many Westerners, Scheherezade was considered a lovely but simple-minded entertainer, someone who relates innocuous tales and dresses fabulously. In our part of the world, Scheherezade is perceived as a courageous heroine and is one of our rare female mythological figures.