Tawfiq al-Hakim quotes

  • What I was utterly convinced of, and still am, is the idea that the only responsibility the free intellectual has is vis-a-vis himself. He is not responsible to either a political party or a ruler.
    -- Tawfiq al-Hakim

    #Party #Responsibility #Ideas

  • In the past, traditional art was based on making manifest what is enduring in man, like love, jealousy, hatred, envy, and greed... . Today art has to look again at these unchanging qualities, because society is no longer unchanging. It is up to art today to show us what has become of these unchanging qualities in a world which is moving and changing.
    -- Tawfiq al-Hakim

    #Art #Moving #Past

  • True artistic renewal does not mean being stripped of fetters. It means moving into new fetters.
    -- Tawfiq al-Hakim

    #Moving #Mean #Doe

  • When the artist ... intends from the beginning to be obscure and take obscurity as his objective or goal for its own sake and wishes to astonish, shock, and seem mysterious, that is a swindle.
    -- Tawfiq al-Hakim

    #Artist #Goal #Wish

  • There is always a state of anxiety, of searching and delving for style.
    -- Tawfiq al-Hakim

    #Creativity #Anxiety #Style

  • I don't want to analyze myself or anything, but I think, in fact I know this to be true, that I enter the world through what I write. I grew up believing, and continue to believe, that I am a screw-up, that growing up with my family and friends, I had nothing to offer in any conversation. But when I started writing, suddenly there was something that I brought to the party that was at a high-enough level.

  • I have talked with representatives from the two other parties who said they had no problem with the offer either.

  • He considered the Rvolution a victroy for the Jews, which opinion, he said, prevailed on the East Side where rejoicing knew no bounds. We felt, added Mr. Cahan, that this is a great triumph for the Jews' cause. The anti-Jewish element in Russia has always been identified with the anti-revolutionary party. Jews having always sat high in the Councils of the revolutionists, all of our race became inseparably linked with the opponents of the government in the official mind.

  • In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.

  • The main difference between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution was that the former was mostly the work of Communist party members and others who wanted to bring about socialism with a human face.

  • I think that the young people today feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to their brothers and sisters because of the sacrifices that most families make to send their children to college.

  • There is a tendency by a lot of officials to hide behind the king. And it's about time that officials take their responsibility and are responsible in front of the people.

  • in times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.

  • Universities are not here to be mediums for the coercion of other people, they're here to be mediums for the free exchange of ideas.

  • I said, ‘There’s one idea I’ve been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It’s Woodrow Wilson.’