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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening

Manal al-Sharif

Top 10 Best Quotes

“My scars teach me that I am stronger than what caused them.”

“The rain begins with a single drop”

“My face is my identity. No one will cover it. I’m proud of my face. If my face bothers you, don’t look. Turn your own face away, take your eyes off me. If you are seduced by merely looking at my face, that is your problem. Do not tell me to cover it. You cannot punish me simply because you cannot control yourself.”

“Freedom is to live with dignity”

“This is what happens when the state intervenes in a person’s private life; it creates two separate personas. It compels you either to lead two separate lives, or to violate what’s imposed on you when the state isn’t looking.”

“How beautiful it is to live in a world with no walls.”

“I was lonely, desperate, and angry. At that moment, I truly understood what it meant to be a Saudi woman. It meant being confronted with every possible kind of obstacle and discrimination. It meant being told that if you want to race with men, you’d have to do it with your hands and legs cut off. I started to wish I had been born somewhere—anywhere—else.”

“We were like captive animals that had lost the will to fight. We even went so far as to defend the very constraints that they had imposed upon us.”

“How odd it is that we judge a woman by her clothes and the place she eats lunch and the subjects she talks about with her colleagues on her coffee break, yet we don’t judge a man if he doesn’t grow his beard or if he works with women or speaks to them. Why do Saudi women allow subjugation to a man and adhere to men’s rules and conditions? Why did I?”

“Don’t be afraid. Fear won’t prevent death, it prevents life.” —NAGUIB MAHFOUZ”

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