Tahar Ben Jelloun Quotes

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Born: December 1, 1944, Fez, Morocco
Birth Country: Morocco
Occupation: Author

Beauty is first and foremost an emotion.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Emigration is no longer a solution it's a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they're knocking on doors that are not open.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I write about wounds, the eternal treasons of life. It's not very funny, but it's sincere. My commitment is to sincerity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It is through accepting other people in our own countries that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My hope is that countries like Morocco will have investment to create work, so people don't have to leave.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to make Europe what it is today. Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field, by hard, rigorous work.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We must have our say, not through violence, aggression or fear. We must speak out calmly and forcefully. We shall only be able to enter the new world era if we agree to engage in dialogue with the other side.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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