Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.
I reject any path which rejects life, but I can't help loving Sufism because it sounds so beautiful. It gives relief in the midst of battle.
God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.
I didn't make any money from my writing until much later. I published about 80 stories for nothing. I spent on literature.
I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace.
I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.
I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
I consider Khomeini's position dangerous. He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way.