An inspirational woman Nawal El-Sadaawi

Nawal El Saadawi quotes

“They said, “You are a savage and dangerous woman.”
I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Life is very hard. The only people who really live are those who are harder than life itself.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Yet not for a single moment did I have any doubts about my own integrity and honour as a woman. I knew that my profession had been invented by men, and that men were in control of both our worlds, the one on earth, and the one in heaven. That men force women to sell their bodies at a price, and that the lowest paid body is that of a wife. All women are prostitutes of one kind or another.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Writing: such has been my crime ever since I was a small child. To this day writing remains my crime. Now, although I am out of prison, I continue to live inside a prison of another sort, one without steel bars. For the technology of oppression and might without justice has become more advanced, and the fetters imposed on mind and body have become invisible. The most dangerous shackles are the invisible ones, because they deceive people into believing they are free. This delusion is the new prison that people inhabit today, north and south, east and west…We inhabit the age of the technology of false consciousness, the technology of hiding truths behind amiable humanistic slogans that may change from one era to another…Democracy is not just freedom to criticize the government or head of state, or to hold parliamentary elections. True democracy obtains only when the people – women, men, young people, children – have the ability to change the system of industrial capitalism that has oppressed them since the earliest days of slavery: a system based on class division, patriarchy, and military might, a hierarchical system that subjugates people merely because they are born poor, or female, or dark-skinned.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Memoirs from the Women’s Prison
“If you are creative, you must be dissident.”
Nawal El Saadawi
“She is free to do what she wants, and free not to do it.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Everybody has to die, Firdaus. I will die, and you will die. The important thing is how to live until you die.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“I have triumphed over both life and death because I no longer desire to live, nor do I any longer fear to die.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Memory is never complete. There are always parts of it that time has amputated. Writing is a way of retrieving them, of bringing the missing parts back to it, of making it more holistic.”
Nawal El Saadawi, A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi
“Revolutionary men with principles were not really different from the rest. They used their cleverness to get, in return for principles, what other men buy with their money.”
Nawal El Saadawi
“Solidarity between women can be a powerful force of change, and can influence future development in ways favourable not only to women but also to men.”
Nawal El Saadawi, The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World
“أعتقد أن المرأة مهما بلغ جمال جسمها فإنها تفتقد الأنوثة إذا كانت غبية أو ضعيفة الشخصية أو متصنعة أو كاذبة.”
Nawal El Saadawi, مذكرات طبيبة
“I now knew that all of us were prostitutes who sold themselves at varying prices, and that an expensive prostitute was better than a cheap one.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“I knew I hated him as only a woman can hate a man, as only a slave can hate his master.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero

“Interviewer: What would you say to a woman in this country who assumes she is no longer oppressed, who believes women’s liberation has been achieved?

el Saadawi: Well I would think she is blind. Like many people who are blind to gender problems, to class problems, to international problems. She’s blind to what’s happening to her. ”
Nawal El Saadawi

“Love has made me a different person. It has made the world beautiful.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“My skin is soft, but my heart is cruel, and my bite is deadly.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“But I feel that you, in particular, are a person who cannot live without love.” “Yet I am living without love.” “Then you are either living a lie or not living at all.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Something I tried to hold onto, to touch if only for a moment, but it slipped away from me like the air, like an illusion, or a dream that floats away and is lost. I wept in my sleep as though it was something I was losing now; a loss I was experiencing for the first time, and not something I had lost a long time ago.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Men impose deception on women and punish them for being deceived, force them down to the lowest level and punish them for falling so low, bind them in marriage and then chastise them with menial service for life, or insults, or blows.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“Who said to kill does not require gentleness?”
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
“What we require is not a formal return to tradition and religion, but a rereading, a reinterpretation, of our history that can illuminate the present and pave the way to a better future. For example, if we delve more deeply into ancient Egyptian and African civilisations we will discover the humanistic elements that were prevalent in many areas of life. Women enjoyed a high status and rights, which they later lost when class patriarchal society became the prevalent social system.”
Nawal El Saadawi
“كيف يكون الفرد مستقلا .. فى وطن غير مستقل”
Nawal El Saadawi, أوراقي.. حياتي..ج1
“ليس من العقل ان أطيعكَ دائماً”
Nawal El Saadawi, مذكرات طبيبة
“ليس في الخطأ ضعف أو غباء ولكن الاستمرار في الخطأ هو الضعف والغباء *”
Nawal El Saadawi, مذكرات طبيبة
“Here the oppression of women is very subtle. If we take female circumcision, the excision of the clitoris, it is done physically in Egypt. But here it is done psychologically and by education. So even if women have the clitoris, the clitoris was banned; it was removed by Freudian theory and by the mainstream culture. ”
Nawal El Saadawi
“اليس هذا المجتمع الذي يذيع أغاني الحب والغرام هو نفسه المجتمع الذي ينصب المشنقة لكل من وقع في الحب والغرام؟”
Nawal El Saadawi, مذكرات طبيبة
“اما رئيس الدولة، فهو غير مسئول عن الشر. انه مسئول فقط عن الخير.”
Nawal El Saadawi
“Words should not seek to please, to hide the wounds in our bodies, or the shameful moments in our lives. They may hurt, give us pain, but they can also provoke us to question what we have accepted for thousands of years.”
Nawal El Saadawi, Walking Through Fire: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi
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