Dhul-Nun al-Misri quotes

  • It is impossible for me to estimate how many of my early impressions of the world, correct and the opposite, came to me through newspapers. Homicide, adultery, no-hit pitching, and Balkanism were concepts that, left to my own devices, I would have encountered much later in life.

  • The tenor of my life has been the opposite of everything that is vile, and no man can lay any such thing to my charge.

  • Words are such uncertain things, they so often sound well but mean the opposite of what one thinks they do.

  • Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.

  • I am as vast as God; there is nothing in the world O Miracle: that can shut me up in myself.

  • Imagine a world in which there is no time. Only images.

  • The urge to discover, to invent, to know the unknown, seems so deeply human that we cannot imagine our history without it.

  • Fortunately, however, birds don't understand pep talks. Not even St. Francis'. Just imagine, he went on, preaching sermons to perfectly good thrushes and goldfinches and chiff-chaffs! What presumption! Why couldn't he have kept his mouth shut and let the birds preach to him?

  • I can't even imagine what it is like to make a movie that lasts two hours.

  • I started out really into musical theater. So you can imagine I was super popular. I wasn't awkward looking at all.