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Born: 1931-10-27
Profession: Writer
Nation: Egyptian
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Women in most countries have not achieved much, because they can't be liberated under the patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist and military system that determines the way we live now, and which is governed by power, not justice, by false democracy, not real freedom.

Tags: Freedom, Power, Women

Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved - not where you are put in prison.

Tags: Creative, Home, Put

If you do not love yourself, well, you cannot do anything well, that's my philosophy.

Tags: Love, Philosophy, Yourself

When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.

Tags: Unjust

When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it's easy.

Tags: Beautiful, Problems, Stupid

Education should be totally secular. I am not telling people not to believe in God, but it should be a personal matter which should be done at home.

Tags: Education, God, Home

Home to me is the world because my books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Tags: Books, Home, Languages

I am very much against makeup and high heels and all that we inherit as 'beauty.'

Tags: Against, Beauty, High

I don't think that people in power can be convinced by words or articles. They will never give it up by choice.

Tags: Give, Power, Words

In history, the millions win; that is democracy.

Tags: Democracy, History, Win

My three husbands were afraid of me. I am a very powerful woman.

Tags: Afraid, Powerful, Woman

Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil.

Tags: Plastic, Surgery, Veil

The family code in Egypt is one of the worst family codes in the Arab world. Polygamy. The husband is having absolute power over the family.

Tags: Family, Husband, Power

To me, 'beauty' means to be natural, creative, honest - to say the truth.

Tags: Beauty, Creative, Truth

Unity is power; without unity women cannot fight for their rights anywhere.

Tags: Fight, Power, Women

War criminals in the U.S. and Israel are not punished: no international court has the courage to put them on trial.

Tags: Courage, Put, War

We here in Egypt are fed up with U.S. colonialism.

Tags: Egypt, Fed, Here

When you have increasing power of religious groups, oppression of women increases. Women are oppressed in all religions.

Tags: Power, Religious, Women

You know, I look to myself mainly as a creative writer all my life and a medical doctor.

Tags: Creative, Life, Medical

A lot of women are afraid of loneliness, so when they see a woman who can live alone, then they think, 'Hmm, I can do that.' But you need an example, and that is why I am proud to say I have divorced three husbands.

Tags: Alone, Loneliness, Women

I am becoming more radical with age. I have noticed that writers, when they are old, become milder. But for me it is the opposite. Age makes me more angry.

Tags: Age, Angry, Old

I've participated in many demonstrations since I was a child. When I was at medical college, I was fighting King Farouk, then British colonization, against Nasser, against Sadat who pushed me into prison, Mubarak who pushed me into exile. I never stopped.

Tags: Child, Fighting, Medical

The feminists who are aware of the effects of patriarchy realize that we are all in the same boat from the dangers of patriarchy, and that the oppression of women is universal.

Tags: Oppression, Realize, Women

To be creative means to connect. It's to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.

Tags: Art, Mind, Science

What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers.

Tags: Freedom, Justice, Simple

Whenever I go to New York or any European country, they say: 'Nawal, why don't you get a facelift?' I tell them, 'I am proud of my wrinkles. Every wrinkle on my face tells the story of my life. Why should I hide my age?'

Tags: Age, Country, Life
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Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.

Tags: Become, Difficult, Patience

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.

Tags: Sad, Sorrow, Together

An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend, excepting lust, the indulgence of which increases its enmity.

Tags: Enemy, Friend, Kindness

The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich.

Tags: Best, God, Humility

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

Tags: Ignorance, Wisdom, Yourself

I fear God and next to God I mostly fear them that fear him not.

Tags: Fear, God, Him

When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; and when it is full, the spirit becomes body.

Tags: Body, Full, Spirit

The beloved of the Almighty are: the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich.

Tags: Humility, Poor, Rich

He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.

Tags: God, Seldom, Slave

Most of the birds of the Old World can be found here, as Oman is on a strategic route for migrating birds.

Tags: Found, Here, Old

A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.

Tags: Great, Single, Together

Oman overall has great animal and plant biodiversity because it has mountains, desert, coastal areas and rich coral reefs.

Tags: Animal, Great, Rich

VX is now a dead issue... It is political, really.

Tags: Dead, Issue, Political

When Karim and his group heard about Saddam coming, they wanted to kill him, but fate had other ideas.

Tags: Group, Him, Wanted