Naguib Mahfouz Quotes

“The way love can disregard fears, however, is an age-old wonder. No fear is able to spoil loves development or keep it from dreaming of its appointed hour.”
“Dont go back over the past. Let it depart, never to return.”
Naguib Mahfouz, Palace Walk
“Death is more merciful than hope itself! There is nothing surprising in this, for death is divinely appointed, while hope is the creation of human folly. Both end in frustration. Am I destined to lead a life of endless frustration? -(The Beginning and the End)”
“The calendar has a magic that makes us imagine a memory can be resurrected and revived, but nothing returns.”
Palace of Desire
“Fear doesnt prevent death. It prevents life.”
“The One God fashioned women to expose the elements men are made of" said Queen Nefertiti.”
“Only the poor are handicapped by honor.”
“A priests life is spent between question and answer-- or between a question and the attempt to answer it. The question is the summary of the spiritual life.”
Naguib Mahfouz, Naguib Mahfouz: Three Novels of Ancient Egypt
“Falseness in life is the secret that makes mans inner self a rare truth; it hides from him although its obvious to all.”
“I now believe that people are bustards with no ethics. It would be better for them to admit it and build their communal life on that admission. The new ethical issue becomes how to maintain public welfare and human happiness in a society of bustards and scum”