CAIRO, Egypt -- A selection of quotes from the late President Anwar Sadat's writings and speeches:
'Wherever I go ...I can never lose my way because I know that I have living roots there, deep down in the soil of my village, in that land out of which I grew, like the trees and the plants.' -- Sadat's autobiography.
'I am a tireless advocate oflove. Love is a human safeguard against all social pitfalls. ... To love means to give, and to give means to build, while to hate is to destroy. The hate that had prevailed in Egypt for 18 years before I assumed the presidency was a destructive force, which razed everything to the ground -- and we are still suffering from its consequences.' -- Autobiography.
'We have always felt the sympathy of the world but we would prefer the respect of the world to sympathy without respect.' -- speech to Egypt's parliament after the first attack of the Yom Kippur war Oct. 6, 1973.
'We have been fighting Israel for the fifteenth day running. Israel fought us on its own in the first four days and its real position was exposed on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts; it lost by its own admission, 800 tanks and more than 200 aircraft on both fronts. For the last 10 days, however, I have been fighting the United States on the Egyptian front, armed as she is with the most sophisticated weapons in her possession. I simply cannot fight the United States or bear the historical responsibility for having our armed forces destroyed once again' -- explaining his decision to sue for a cease-fire in the 1973 Middle East war.
'Today I tell you, and I declare it to the whole world, that we accept to live with you in permanent peace based on justice. We do not want to encircle you or be encircled ourselves by destructive missiles ready for launching, nor by the shells of grudges and hatreds.' -- Speech to the Israeli Knesset in 1977.
'Let every girl, let every woman, let every mother here -- and there in my country -- know we shall solve all our problems through negotiations around the table rather than starting war.' -- During his visit to Israel, November 1977.
In all the steps I took I was not performing a personal mission. I was merely expresing the will of a nation. I am proud of my people and of belonging to them. 'Today a new dawn is emerging out of the darkness of the past.
'Let us work together until the day comes when they beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.' -- at the peace treaty signing between Egyot and Israel in Washington March 26, 1979.
'I strongly believe that we still have a chance to save the world and rekindle hope in the minds and hearts of the coming generations. I disagree completely with the voices of doom and gloom. My outlook on life remains a bright and optimistic one despite all alarming signs.' - to National Press club in Washington last year.