Habib Bourguiba
Tunisian politician
Habib Bourguiba (3 August 1903 – 6 April 2000) was the first president of Tunisia, from July 25, 1957 until 7 November 1987, when he was removed from office in a coup d'état.
Habib Bourguiba
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"I will impose women's freedom and rights by the force of the law, and I will not wait for the democracy of a people duped by male culture in the name of religion."
"They struggle to cut hands and heads and we struggle to keep heads high and hands raised."
"The relationship between a woman and a man is built on the basis of mutual respect .. The woman is not required to bury herself in life because the man is unable to control his instincts like animals .. The woman raises the man's face, hair, height, width, smell, and even the voice of her is roughened, but the woman has learned to control her instincts. The man is also required to rise to the level of the woman."
"I do not think that the time is right to talk about democracy in its absolute concept. Arab societies marginalized their modern thinkers and scholars for the elders who stopped their time before fourteen centuries, which is the difference between us and them .. Therefore, it was necessary to work on spreading a more realistic culture in which modern science has a more open place. Take, for example, if we asked the Tunisian people (he meant former President Bourguiba then and not now) to hold a referendum on his position on women's education, then I can assure that 99.99% will refuse her education."
"When a house is on fire, the neighbors' duty is to put it out. ... I hate colonialism, not the French."
"TUNISIA: Neighbor's Duty". TIME: p. 1. Monday, Dec. 02, 1957. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
"The only Jews who interest us are our fellow citizens. ... Basically and profoundly, we are with the West."
"TUNISIA: Neighbor's Duty". TIME: p. 2. Monday, Dec. 02, 1957. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
"While I am alive, not a hair on Jewish heads will be touched."
"Religion: Exodus". TIME: p. 1. Friday, July 06, 1962. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
"You are wrong. The state and its existence are essential before everything else. All this preoccupation with liberty is not serious."
"TUNISIA: No Time for Democracy". TIME: p. 2. Monday, Sept. 29, 1958. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
Bourguiba warning the French:
"it will mean war. ... Today I am the President of the Republic, but I will be the first to join the Maquis. ... Tunisia is always ready to turn the page. ... I have promised the Tunisian people that the French army will go, If I fail, I will be swept away."
"TUNISIA: The Accused". TIME: p. 2. Monday, Feb. 24, 1958. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
Quotes about Bourguiba
"a dangerous maniac who actually thinks he might become a figure in world affairs." - French Resident General
"TUNISIA: Neighbor's Duty". TIME: p. 1. Monday, Dec. 02, 1957. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
"I did not want to be Premier in the first place. I only accepted because Bourguiba pleaded with me to accept." - Interim Premier of Tunisia Tahar ben Amar
"TUNISIA: No Time for Democracy". TIME: p. 1. Monday, Sept. 29, 1958. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
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