"When my job was attempting to predict future economic developments for the Shell oil company, I was frequently reminded of an Arabic saying: 'Those who claim to foresee the future are lying, even if by chance they are later proved right.'"
"I want the Arabic Granada, that which is art, which is all that seems to me beauty and emotion."
"I have a lot of nice Italian winter clothes that make me look like a sophisticated Lebanese professor, so my friend Robert and I go around pretending to be experts in Arabic politics. It doesn't work in the summer though. I don't have the right clothes."
"I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world."
"I think my dad is the only Arabic descendent who is an unsuccessful businessman."