You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn’t exist.
My passion has always been books and literature, and teaching.
Well, that was in 1995 when I resigned from my last academic job.
Look at Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution and the slogans that they used: anti-imperialism; anti-colonialism; the struggle of the have-nots against the haves; the state monopoly over economy, which was very much patterned after the Soviet Union....
are different from us. They don’t care about books and such things.
All violence is based on blindness, on a lack of reflection and empathy.
Lots of times you can feel as an exile in a country that you were born in.
Pragmatists are sometimes more prone to illusion than dreamers; when they fall for something, they fall hard, not knowing how to protect themselves, while we dreamers are more practiced in surviving the disillusionment that follows...
Living in the Islamic Republic is like having sex with someone you loathe.