30 Beautiful Quotes From Arabic Literature

Last updated on Feb 28th, 2024

30 Beautiful Quotes From Arabic Literature

From The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz to The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al-Aswany, enjoy the best quotes from Arabic books about love, life, writing, and more.

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created in years or even generations. - Kahlil Gibran (The Broken Wings Book Quotes)
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It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created in years or even generations.Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings (1912), (ed. The Citadel Press, 1957), Page 52

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. - Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet Book Quotes)
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You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923), (ed. Knopf, 1952), Page 60

When one is prepared for it, nothing is easier than trickery; and when conscience approves it, nothing is simpler than cunning. - Taha Hussein (The Call of the Curlew Book Quotes)
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When one is prepared for it, nothing is easier than trickery; and when conscience approves it, nothing is simpler than cunning.Taha Hussein, The Call of the Curlew (1934), (ed. Palm Press, 1997), Page 86

Science is the language of the intellect. Art is the language of the entire human personality. - Naguib Mahfouz (The Cairo Trilogy Book Quotes)
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Science is the language of the intellect. Art is the language of the entire human personality.Naguib Mahfouz, The Cairo Trilogy (1957), (ed. Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), Page 1087

Don't be afraid; fear doesn't ward off death, but it wards off life. - Naguib Mahfouz (Children of Gebelawi Book Quotes)
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Don’t be afraid; fear doesn’t ward off death, but it wards off life.Naguib Mahfouz, Children of Gebelawi (1959), (ed. Three Continents Press, 1988), Page 351

It's not enough that you are building something beautiful. What is important is that you preserve its beauty. - Latifa Al-Zayyat (The Open Door Book Quotes)
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It’s not enough that you are building something beautiful. What is important is that you preserve its beauty.Latifa Al-Zayyat, The Open Door (1960)

Things go better when a man doesn't swear by his honour. - Ghassan Kanafani (Men in the Sun Book Quotes)
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Things go better when a man doesn’t swear by his honour.Ghassan Kanafani, Men in the Sun (1962), (ed. Three Continents Press, 1983), Page 35

No amount of talking or explaining will really bring two lovers or two iriends closer than they can be in silence. - Waguih Ghali (Beer in the Snooker Club Book Quotes)
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No amount of talking or explaining will really bring two lovers or two friends closer than they can be in silence.Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club (1964), (ed. Serpent's Tail, 1987), Page 122

I want to take my rightful share of life by force, I want to give lavishly, I want love to flow from my heart, to ripen and bear fruit. There are many horizons that must be visited, fruit that must be plucked, books read, and white pages in the scrolls of life to be inscribed with vivid sentences in a bold hand. - Tayeb Salih (Season of Migration to the North Book Quotes)
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I want to take my rightful share of life by force, I want to give lavishly, I want love to flow from my heart, to ripen and bear fruit. There are many horizons that must be visited, fruit that must be plucked, books read, and white pages in the scrolls of life to be inscribed with vivid sentences in a bold hand.Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North (1966), (ed. Review Books, 2009), Page 6

How can I deny God when I am deep in His hell? - Naguib Mahfouz (Miramar Book Quotes)
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How can I deny God when I am deep in His hell?Naguib Mahfouz, Miramar (1967), (ed. Three Continents Press, 1990), Page 14

The greatest crime any human being can commit, whoever he may be, is to believe even for one moment that the weakness and mistakes of others give him the right to exist at their expense and justify his own mistakes and crimes. - Ghassan Kanafani (Return to Haifa Book Quotes)
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The greatest crime any human being can commit, whoever he may be, is to believe even for one moment that the weakness and mistakes of others give him the right to exist at their expense and justify his own mistakes and crimes.Ghassan Kanafani, Return to Haifa (1969)

They say the little ones are angels and the big ones are devils, and it's too late for me to be an angel. - Mohamed Choukri (For Bread Alone Book Quotes)
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They say the little ones are angels and the big ones are devils, and it’s too late for me to be an angel.Mohamed Choukri, For Bread Alone (1972), (ed. City Lights Books, 1987), Page 150

Wisdom does not always have to come from the mouths of fools. Likewise very often it is a good thing for the truth to be spoken by liars. - Tawfiq Yusuf 'Awwad (Death In Beirut Book Quotes)
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Wisdom does not always have to come from the mouths of fools. Likewise very often it is a good thing for the truth to be spoken by liars.Tawfiq Yusuf 'Awwad, Death In Beirut (1972), (ed. Heinemann Educational, 1976), Page 167

If you have money, you can control your life. You will even own the eyes of people who look at you, and you can influence their thoughts and minds. - Sabri Moussa (Seeds of Corruption Book Quotes)
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If you have money, you can control your life. You will even own the eyes of people who look at you, and you can influence their thoughts and minds.Sabri Moussa, Seeds of Corruption (1973), (ed. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980), Page 139

If permanence were possible, why would the seasons change? - Naguib Mahfouz (The Harafish Book Quotes)
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If permanence were possible, why would the seasons change?Naguib Mahfouz, The Harafish (1977), (ed. Doubleday, 1994), Page 137

How wretched every value becomes when it's based merely on defeat in life! - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra (In Search of Walid Masoud Book Quotes)
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How wretched every value becomes when it’s based merely on defeat in life!Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, In Search of Walid Masoud (1978), (ed. Syracuse University Press, 2000), Page 42

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If your soul is safe from you, then you have discharged its right; and if people are safe from you, then you have discharged their rights. - Naguib Mahfouz (Arabian Nights and Days Book Quotes)
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If your soul is safe from you, then you have discharged its right; and if people are safe from you, then you have discharged their rights.Naguib Mahfouz, Arabian Nights and Days (1982), (ed. Doubleday, 1995), Page 220

The worst of it is waiting for someone who will never come. - Abdul Rahman Munif (Cities of Salt Book Quotes)
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The worst of it is waiting for someone who will never come.Abdul Rahman Munif, Cities of Salt (1984), (ed. Random House, 1987), Page 55

Your enemies are the measure of your power. When they appear, confront them; if they disappear or go into hiding, search them out! - Bensalem Himmich (The Theocrat Book Quotes)
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Your enemies are the measure of your power. When they appear, confront them; if they disappear or go into hiding, search them out!Bensalem Himmich, The Theocrat (1990), (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2005), Page 8

I envy newborn babies; only they have the right to scream and the ability to do it before life tames their vocal chords and teaches them silence. - Ahlam Mosteghanemi (Memory in the Flesh Book Quotes)
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I envy newborn babies; only they have the right to scream and the ability to do it before life tames their vocal chords and teaches them silence.Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Memory in the Flesh (1993), (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2000), Page 17

Nobody decides to love. One loves, that's all there is to it. - Bahaa Taher (Love in Exile Book Quotes)
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Nobody decides to love. One loves, that’s all there is to it.Bahaa Taher, Love in Exile (1995), (ed. The American University in Cairo Press, 2001), Page 187

Life has taught me that we have to love people in the way that they want us to love them. - Mourid Barghouti (I Saw Ramallah Book Quotes)
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Life has taught me that we have to love people in the way that they want us to love them.Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah (1997), (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2002), Page 45

Sometimes I think, because we use the same words, we assume we mean the same things. - Ahdaf Soueif (The Map of Love Book Quotes)
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Sometimes I think, because we use the same words, we assume we mean the same things.Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love (1999), (ed. Anchor Books, 2000), Page 272

Was what we wanted inevitably brought about if we wanted it enough? - Alaa Al Aswany (The Yacoubian Building Book Quotes)
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Was what we wanted inevitably brought about if we wanted it enough?Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building (2002), (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2004), Page 222

Love has a thousand doors. But one-sided love isn't a door, it's a delusion. - Elias Khoury (Gate of the Sun Book Quotes)
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Love has a thousand doors. But one-sided love isn’t a door, it’s a delusion.Elias Khoury, Gate of the Sun (2005), (ed. Picador, 2006), Page 11

Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo. - Hisham Matar (In the Country of Men Book Quotes)
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Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo.Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men (2006), (ed. Penguin Books, 2007), Page 40

Our desire for independence from our parents makes us cruel toward them. - Alaa Al Aswany (Chicago 2007 Book Quotes)
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Our desire for independence from our parents makes us cruel toward them.Alaa Al Aswany, Chicago (2007), (ed. Fourth Estate, 2007), Page 54

Write, because he who writes will never die. - Youssef Ziedan (Azazeel 2008 Book Quotes)
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Write, because he who writes will never die.Youssef Ziedan, Azazeel (2008), (ed. Atlantic Books, 2012), Page 301

The feet walk fast for the loving heart's sake, but when you feel no longing, your feet drag and ache. - Jokha Alharthi (Celestial Bodies Book Quotes)
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The feet walk fast for the loving heart’s sake, but when you feel no longing, your feet drag and ache.Jokha Alharthi, Celestial Bodies (2010), (ed. Catapult, 2019), Page 19

Absence is a form of presence. Some people may be absent but they are present in our thoughts more often than when they are present in our lives. - Saud Alsanousi (The Bamboo Stalk Book Quotes)
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Absence is a form of presence. Some people may be absent but they are present in our thoughts more often than when they are present in our lives.Saud Alsanousi, The Bamboo Stalk (2012), (ed. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2015), Page 301