Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.
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.
It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour. If I have something to write, I prefer to write in the morning until midday, and in the afternoon, I eat.
There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see.
I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature.
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.
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.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
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