Alaa Al Aswany quotes

  • A fascinating book and a great pleasure to read: Betool Khedairi is a talented new voice in fiction.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Book #Voice #Fiction

  • If you can't find good in your own country, you won't find it anywhere else.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany


  • Illiteracy does not impede the practice of democracy, as witnessed by the success of democracy in India despite the high illiteracy rate. One doesn't need a university diploma to realize that the ruler is oppressive and corrupt. On the other hand, to eradicate illiteracy requires that we elect a fair and efficient political regime.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Hands #Practice #Political

  • Egyptians are like camels: they can put up with beatings, humiliation and starvation for a long time but when they rebel they do so suddenly and with a force that is impossible to control.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Long #Rebel #Camels

  • Everything that happened to you is a page that's been turned and is done with.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Done #Pages

  • I am according to my slave's expectations of me: if good, then good, and if bad, then bad.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Expectations #Slave

  • Revolution is like a love story. When you are in love, you become a much better person. And when you are in revolution, you become a much better person.
    -- Alaa Al Aswany

    #Spring #Love You #Stories

  • A diary need not be a dreary chronicle of one's movements; it should aim rather at giving salient account of some particular episode, a walk, a book, a conversation.

  • In very clear and available language, this book details how to recognize the inner critic and how to deal effectively with it. Byron Brown's presentation is useful for any individual who wishes to be free from the inner suffering and coercion of this ancient foe of our humanity, but it is specifically directed to those interested and engaged in the inner journey toward realization and enlightenment.

  • It comes back to the old question: How can the Bible be so wise in some places and so barbaric in others? And why should we put any faith in a book that includes such brutality?

  • How do you gag the voice in your head that says, 'You don't have to [do it] today. There's always tomorrow.'?

  • There are some different things I'm writing and developing, but I don't know where they'll go. They're fun stuff that I would be in and are written in my voice, for me.

  • I have a pretty lousy voice.

  • fiction is founded on truth....unless things did happen,people couldn't think of them.

  • Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction.

  • I cannot live or write without music. It stimulates the normally dormant parts of my brain that come in handy when constructing fiction.

  • I write contemporary fiction, and that is what my readers want to read.