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Salman Rushdie Quote: “If the culture shifts, if people think differently about women, the art will shift, too. You can’t ask art to make social change. It’s not what it’s for.”

If the culture shifts, if people think differently about women, the art will shift, too. You can’t ask art to make social change. It’s not what it’s for.

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “One of the things I’ve learnt is not to depend on there being a woman in your life to make it work. I love my work, I love my children, I’ve got wonderful friends, you know, I have a nice life.”

One of the things I’ve learnt is not to depend on there being a woman in your life to make it work. I love my work, I love my children, I’ve got wonderful friends, you know, I have a nice life.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The West was involved in toppling the Mossadegh government. That ultimately led to the Iranian revolution.”

The West was involved in toppling the Mossadegh government. That ultimately led to the Iranian revolution.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The inevitable triumph of illusion over reality that was the single most obvious truth about the history of the human race.”

The inevitable triumph of illusion over reality that was the single most obvious truth about the history of the human race.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Why speak if you can’t manage perfect thoughts, perfect sentences?”

Why speak if you can’t manage perfect thoughts, perfect sentences?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The Muslim population in India is, largely speaking, not radicalised. From the beginning, they were always very secular-minded.”

The Muslim population in India is, largely speaking, not radicalised. From the beginning, they were always very secular-minded.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.”

One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity.”

It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The history of a culture can be determined by its untranslatable words.”

The history of a culture can be determined by its untranslatable words.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “My heart broke open and history fell in.”

My heart broke open and history fell in.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Believe in your own eyes and you’ll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess.”

Believe in your own eyes and you’ll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “So when I studied history at Cambridge, I did a special subject in that, exactly that. And then actually that – while I was studying it was where I came across the so-called incident of the satanic verses.”

So when I studied history at Cambridge, I did a special subject in that, exactly that. And then actually that – while I was studying it was where I came across the so-called incident of the satanic verses.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.”

Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes.”

Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another’s, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.”

Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another’s, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong.”

I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m a big-city boy. What I like is big cities. It’s not just what I like. It’s what I write about.”

I’m a big-city boy. What I like is big cities. It’s not just what I like. It’s what I write about.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Once you put a thought into the world, it can be disagreed with, but it can’t be unthought.”

Once you put a thought into the world, it can be disagreed with, but it can’t be unthought.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Too many people spouting too many words, and in the end those words will turn to bullets and stones.”

Too many people spouting too many words, and in the end those words will turn to bullets and stones.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I make no complaint. I am a writer. I do not accept my condition; I will strive to change it; but I inhabit it, I am trying to learn from it.”

I make no complaint. I am a writer. I do not accept my condition; I will strive to change it; but I inhabit it, I am trying to learn from it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When I was growing up, everyone around me was fond of fooling around with words. It was certainly common in my family, but I think it is typical of Bombay, and maybe of India, that there is a sense of play in the way people use language.”

When I was growing up, everyone around me was fond of fooling around with words. It was certainly common in my family, but I think it is typical of Bombay, and maybe of India, that there is a sense of play in the way people use language.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is nothing like a War for the reinvention of lives...”

There is nothing like a War for the reinvention of lives...

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Having been borne across the world, we are translated men. It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in translation; I cling, obstinately, to the notion that something can also be gained.”

Having been borne across the world, we are translated men. It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in translation; I cling, obstinately, to the notion that something can also be gained.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love.”

We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Everything has shape, if you look for it. There is no escape from form.”

Everything has shape, if you look for it. There is no escape from form.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.”

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If somebody’s trying to shut you up, sing louder, and if possible, better.”

If somebody’s trying to shut you up, sing louder, and if possible, better.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We are described into corners, and then we must describe ourselves out of corners.”

We are described into corners, and then we must describe ourselves out of corners.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Cruelty is not a literary value.”

Cruelty is not a literary value.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is no magic on earth strong enough to wipe out the legacies of one’s parents.”

There is no magic on earth strong enough to wipe out the legacies of one’s parents.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The only privilege literature deserves – and this privilege it requires in order to exist – is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.”

The only privilege literature deserves – and this privilege it requires in order to exist – is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m not a very big fan of ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ I think it’s visually brilliant. But I have problems with the story line. I find the storyline unconvincing.”

I’m not a very big fan of ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ I think it’s visually brilliant. But I have problems with the story line. I find the storyline unconvincing.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.’”

I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.’

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Language upon a silvered tongue affords enchantment enough.”

Language upon a silvered tongue affords enchantment enough.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Free societies are societies in motion, and with motion comes friction.”

Free societies are societies in motion, and with motion comes friction.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Free-form games in which the player can make choices about what the game is going to be, become a kind of gaming equivalent of the narrative possibility.”

Free-form games in which the player can make choices about what the game is going to be, become a kind of gaming equivalent of the narrative possibility.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t like what you said to me and I find it rude and offensive,’ but the moment you threaten violence in return, you’ve taken it to another level, where you lose whatever credibility you had.”

It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t like what you said to me and I find it rude and offensive,’ but the moment you threaten violence in return, you’ve taken it to another level, where you lose whatever credibility you had.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We all dream things into being; you imagine yourself having a child, and then you have a child. An inventor will think of something in his mind and then make it actual. So things are often passing from the imagined realm into the real world.”

We all dream things into being; you imagine yourself having a child, and then you have a child. An inventor will think of something in his mind and then make it actual. So things are often passing from the imagined realm into the real world.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What you were is forever who you are.”

What you were is forever who you are.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The history of life was not the bumbling progress – the very English, middle-class progress – Victorian thought had wanted it to be, but violent, a thing of dramatic, cumulative transformations: in the old formulation, more revolution than evolution.”

The history of life was not the bumbling progress – the very English, middle-class progress – Victorian thought had wanted it to be, but violent, a thing of dramatic, cumulative transformations: in the old formulation, more revolution than evolution.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Realism can break a writer’s heart.”

Realism can break a writer’s heart.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he’d be dead by now.”

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he’d be dead by now.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And it’s the place that my imagination has returned to more than anywhere else.”

I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And it’s the place that my imagination has returned to more than anywhere else.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I saw Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained,’ and you could say a lot of things against it, but it was incredible fun. I don’t like blood and gore, and I am very squeamish about violence, but Tarantino’s violence is actually funny.”

I saw Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained,’ and you could say a lot of things against it, but it was incredible fun. I don’t like blood and gore, and I am very squeamish about violence, but Tarantino’s violence is actually funny.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Not all possibilities are open to us. The world is finite; our hopes spill over its rim.”

Not all possibilities are open to us. The world is finite; our hopes spill over its rim.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “To see things plainly, you have to cross a frontier.”

To see things plainly, you have to cross a frontier.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “One either loves, or waits for love, or banishes love for good. That is the full range of possible choices.”

One either loves, or waits for love, or banishes love for good. That is the full range of possible choices.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Many men start being friendly with women because they are trying to seduce them. I’m not trying to seduce them. I just like hanging out with them.”

Many men start being friendly with women because they are trying to seduce them. I’m not trying to seduce them. I just like hanging out with them.

— Salman Rushdie

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