A beautiful thing is never perfect.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Our path to Palestine will not be covered with a red carpet or with yellow sand.

Our path to Palestine will be covered with blood... In order that we may liberate Palestine, the Arab nation must unite, the Arab armies must unite, and a unified plan of action must be established.

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom;

and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.

The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky.

Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.

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Know yourself... and you shall know the Gods.

We will not accept any...coexistence with Israel...Today the issue is not the establishment of peace between the Arab states and Israel....The war with Israel is in effect since 1948.

It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.

Beauty is rather a light that plays over the symmetry of things than that symmetry itself.

I will announce some of the tombs I found next to the great pyramid of Khufu.

One is an intact tomb that I have not opened yet.

I promise to crush Israel and return it to the humiliation and wretchedness of the Koran.

If you don't have the capacity to change yourself and your own attitudes, then nothing around you can be changed.

True wisdom is less presuming than folly.

The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.

Knowledge has three degrees--opinion, science, illumination.

The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smoothes there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.

As for life's tragedies, our love will defeat them.

Love is the most effective cure. In the crevices of disasters, happiness lies like a diamond in a mind, so let us instill in ourselves the wisdom of love.

I found myself in a sea in which the waves of joy and sorrow were clashing against each other.

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make the rest of us wonder at the possibility that we might be missing something.

Let there be no more war or bloodshed between Arabs and Israelis.

Let there be no more suffering or denial of rights. Let there be no more despair or loss of faith.

All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise.

Real success is success with self. It's not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self.

If you don't have the power to change yourself, then nothing will change around you.

Co-operative enterprises provide the organisational means whereby a significant proportion of humanity is able to take into its own hands the tasks of creating productive employment, overcoming poverty and achieving social integration.

I am just a person who is human, down to earth enjoying life.

.. whatever god blesses you with. Enjoying life for me is just normal.

Peace is more precious than a piece of land.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. by Saint Philo of Alexandria

There is no longer a way out of our present situation except by forging a road toward our objective, violently and by force, over a sea of blood and under a horizon blazing with fire.

The age of isolation is gone. And gone are the days in which barbed wire served as demarcation lines, separating and isolating countries from one another. No country can escape looking beyond its boundaries to find the source of the currents which influence how it can live with others.

Learn politeness from the impolite.

Democracy is an objective. Democratization is a process. Democratization serves the cause of peace because it offers the possibility of justice and of progressive change without force.

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.

To love means to give, and to give means to build, while to hate is to destroy.

It would be some time before I fully realized that the United States sees little need for diplomacy; power is enough. Only the weak rely on diplomacy. The Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States.

Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.

We must close our eyes and invoke a new manner of seeing.

..a wakefulness that is the birthright of us all, though few put it to use.

We're a sentimental people. We like a few kind words better than millions of dollars given in a humiliating way.

Only stupid people don't change their minds.

It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.

A genocide in Africa has not received the same attention that genocide in Europe or genocide in Turkey or genocide in other part of the world. There is still this kind of basic discrimination against the African people and the African problems.

Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone.

Working gets in the way of living.

I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.

I want to live every moment totally and intensely.

Even when I'm giving an interview or talking to people, that's all that I'm thinking about.

The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians, but it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.

In this state of absorbed contemplation, there is no longer any question of holding an object in view; the vision is such that seeing and seen are one; object and act of vision have become identical.

[At Marc Antony's tomb:] Nothing could part us in life, but now in death we are likely to change places, you the Roman lying here in Egyptian soil, and I, helpless woman that I am, being buried in Italy.

Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.

The only matter that could take Egypt to war again is water.