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Salman Rushdie Quote: “American literature has always been immigrant.”

American literature has always been immigrant.

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions.”

One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Two things form the bedrock of any open society – freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”

Two things form the bedrock of any open society – freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Prophet Mohammed would have no objection to The Satanic Verses.”

Prophet Mohammed would have no objection to The Satanic Verses.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A figure of speech is a shifty thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight.”

A figure of speech is a shifty thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I am certainly not a good Muslim. But I am able now to say that I am Muslim; in fact it is a source of happiness to say that I am now inside, and a part of the community whose values have always been closest to my heart.”

I am certainly not a good Muslim. But I am able now to say that I am Muslim; in fact it is a source of happiness to say that I am now inside, and a part of the community whose values have always been closest to my heart.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull.”

Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.”

There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When you have children, your perspective on the parent-child relationship alters.”

When you have children, your perspective on the parent-child relationship alters.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Freedom is not a tea party, India. Freedom is a war.”

Freedom is not a tea party, India. Freedom is a war.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I will come back to India – so deal with it.”

I will come back to India – so deal with it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?”

What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “All names mean something.”

All names mean something.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin...”

Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin...

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Question: What is the opposite of faith? Not disbelief. Too final, certain, closed. Itself is a kind of belief. Doubt.”

Question: What is the opposite of faith? Not disbelief. Too final, certain, closed. Itself is a kind of belief. Doubt.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I beat my sons in real-life table tennis, but virtually, I get murdered. I download games on the iPhone that I’m addicted to – I’m a master at “Angry Birds.””

I beat my sons in real-life table tennis, but virtually, I get murdered. I download games on the iPhone that I’m addicted to – I’m a master at “Angry Birds.”

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The Blood of Jesus whispers peace within.”

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The Blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.”

The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What’s real and what’s true aren’t necessarily the same.”

What’s real and what’s true aren’t necessarily the same.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Even when things are at their worst, there’s a little voice in your head saying, ‘Good story!’”

Even when things are at their worst, there’s a little voice in your head saying, ‘Good story!’

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “That’s the trouble with you sad-city types: a place has to be miserable and dull as ditchwater before you believe it’s real.”

That’s the trouble with you sad-city types: a place has to be miserable and dull as ditchwater before you believe it’s real.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.”

Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.”

One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Life is lived forward but is judged in reverse.”

Life is lived forward but is judged in reverse.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else’s version more than his own.”

Memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else’s version more than his own.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Captain Ahab drowned, he reminded himself; it was the trimmer, Ishmael, who survived.”

Captain Ahab drowned, he reminded himself; it was the trimmer, Ishmael, who survived.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You can find shame in every house, burning in an ashtray, hanging framed upon a wall, covering a bed. But nobody notices it any more.”

You can find shame in every house, burning in an ashtray, hanging framed upon a wall, covering a bed. But nobody notices it any more.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In the end, you write the book that grabs you by the throat and demands to be written.”

In the end, you write the book that grabs you by the throat and demands to be written.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “With death comes honesty.”

With death comes honesty.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.”

It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Exile is a dream of a glorious return. Exile is a vision of revolution: Elba, not St Helena. It is an endless paradox: looking forward by always looking back. The exile is a ball hurled high into the air.”

Exile is a dream of a glorious return. Exile is a vision of revolution: Elba, not St Helena. It is an endless paradox: looking forward by always looking back. The exile is a ball hurled high into the air.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture.”

Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The world is full of things that upset people. But most of us deal with it and move on and don’t try and burn the planet down.”

The world is full of things that upset people. But most of us deal with it and move on and don’t try and burn the planet down.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems – but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems more and more incredible.”

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems – but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems more and more incredible.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When ‘Midnight’s Children’ came out, people in the West tended to respond to the fantasy elements in the novel, to praise it in those terms. In India, people read it like a history book.”

When ‘Midnight’s Children’ came out, people in the West tended to respond to the fantasy elements in the novel, to praise it in those terms. In India, people read it like a history book.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “O the shame of it, the humiliating shame of being condescended to by dolts.”

O the shame of it, the humiliating shame of being condescended to by dolts.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Stories in families are colossally important. Every family has stories: some funny, some proud, some embarrassing, some shameful. Knowing them is proof of belonging to the family.”

Stories in families are colossally important. Every family has stories: some funny, some proud, some embarrassing, some shameful. Knowing them is proof of belonging to the family.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don’t like the glare of negative publicity.”

One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don’t like the glare of negative publicity.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have been a film buff all my life and believe that the finest cinema is fully the equal of the best novels.”

I have been a film buff all my life and believe that the finest cinema is fully the equal of the best novels.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.”

It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When I’m writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call ‘supernaturalism.’ As a writer, I find I need that to explain the world I’m writing about.”

When I’m writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call ‘supernaturalism.’ As a writer, I find I need that to explain the world I’m writing about.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think it’s a very important function of art to challenge accepted reality, especially when that reality is created by powerful interest groups.”

I think it’s a very important function of art to challenge accepted reality, especially when that reality is created by powerful interest groups.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The only thing worse than a bad review from the Ayatollah Khomeini would be a good review from the Ayatollah Khomeini.”

The only thing worse than a bad review from the Ayatollah Khomeini would be a good review from the Ayatollah Khomeini.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The frustrating part of being tagged ‘controversial’ is people go looking for trouble where there isn’t any to look for.”

The frustrating part of being tagged ‘controversial’ is people go looking for trouble where there isn’t any to look for.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When I’m writing a book, sentence by sentence, I’m not thinking theoretically. I’m just trying to work out the story from inside the characters I’ve got.”

When I’m writing a book, sentence by sentence, I’m not thinking theoretically. I’m just trying to work out the story from inside the characters I’ve got.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Every time you finish a book, you have a terrible feeling that there’s just never going to be another one. But fortunately, so far, the next one has always shown up.”

Every time you finish a book, you have a terrible feeling that there’s just never going to be another one. But fortunately, so far, the next one has always shown up.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The difference between memoir and autobiography, as far as I see it, is that a memoir is there primarily to tell one particular story, whereas an autobiography tries to be a full account of a life.”

The difference between memoir and autobiography, as far as I see it, is that a memoir is there primarily to tell one particular story, whereas an autobiography tries to be a full account of a life.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.”

Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The fact of being alive compensated for what life did to one.”

The fact of being alive compensated for what life did to one.

— Salman Rushdie

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