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Salman Rushdie Quote: “What would a respectful political cartoon look like?”

What would a respectful political cartoon look like?

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “If I had simply wanted to trade on an insult to Islam, I could have done it in a sentence rather than writing a 250,000-word novel, a work of fiction.”

If I had simply wanted to trade on an insult to Islam, I could have done it in a sentence rather than writing a 250,000-word novel, a work of fiction.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Out-of-step intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and the deceased Edward Said have often been dismissed as crazy extremists, ‘anti-American,’ and in Mr. Said’s case even, absurdly, as apologists for Palestinian ‘terrorism.’”

Out-of-step intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and the deceased Edward Said have often been dismissed as crazy extremists, ‘anti-American,’ and in Mr. Said’s case even, absurdly, as apologists for Palestinian ‘terrorism.’

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have always thought, the secret purpose of the book tour is to make the writer hate the book he’s written. And, as a result, drive him to write another book.”

I have always thought, the secret purpose of the book tour is to make the writer hate the book he’s written. And, as a result, drive him to write another book.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Reading is a very different thing than performing. In fact, one of the things I think that doesn’t work in books on tape is if the person doing the reading “acts” too much; it becomes irritating to you listening to it.”

Reading is a very different thing than performing. In fact, one of the things I think that doesn’t work in books on tape is if the person doing the reading “acts” too much; it becomes irritating to you listening to it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Terror is glamour – not only, but also. I am firmly convinced that there’s something like a fascination with death among suicide bombers.”

Terror is glamour – not only, but also. I am firmly convinced that there’s something like a fascination with death among suicide bombers.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The Christian Coalition is still about Christianity, even if it’s an idea of Christianity that many Christians might not go along with.”

The Christian Coalition is still about Christianity, even if it’s an idea of Christianity that many Christians might not go along with.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is no alternative to the peaceful coexistence of cultures.”

There is no alternative to the peaceful coexistence of cultures.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ve met the Dalai Lama briefly, but I would probably say my grandfather was the wisest person I ever met. He was my mother’s father, an Indian, a family doctor, and very unlike me in that he was deeply religious.”

I’ve met the Dalai Lama briefly, but I would probably say my grandfather was the wisest person I ever met. He was my mother’s father, an Indian, a family doctor, and very unlike me in that he was deeply religious.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say.”

Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Anyone who reads my work will see that there are often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.”

Anyone who reads my work will see that there are often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “For a fellow who’s not to much to look at, you have the instincts of a champion.”

For a fellow who’s not to much to look at, you have the instincts of a champion.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Many of us didn’t believe in the image of bin Laden as a wandering Old Man of the Mountains, living on plants and insects in an inhospitable cave somewhere on the porous Pakistan-Afghan border.”

Many of us didn’t believe in the image of bin Laden as a wandering Old Man of the Mountains, living on plants and insects in an inhospitable cave somewhere on the porous Pakistan-Afghan border.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “England in a way is lucky. It’s an island, so the frontiers are given by the sea.”

England in a way is lucky. It’s an island, so the frontiers are given by the sea.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “This strange business of what it is to be a writer is this increasingly insane world in which we live, in which surrealism, it seems, is the new realism.”

This strange business of what it is to be a writer is this increasingly insane world in which we live, in which surrealism, it seems, is the new realism.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Once you get that instinct for the fictiveness, the fictionality of fiction, it kind of sets you free.”

Once you get that instinct for the fictiveness, the fictionality of fiction, it kind of sets you free.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Censorship is the thing that stops you doing what you want to do, and what writers want to talk about is what they do, not what stops them doing it.”

Censorship is the thing that stops you doing what you want to do, and what writers want to talk about is what they do, not what stops them doing it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “All art began as sacred art, you know? I mean, all painting began as religious painting. All writing began as religious writing.”

All art began as sacred art, you know? I mean, all painting began as religious painting. All writing began as religious writing.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Fundamentalism isn’t about religion, it’s about power.”

Fundamentalism isn’t about religion, it’s about power.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have always thought that these two ways of talking, one is the fantastic, the fable, the fairy tale, and the other being history, the scholarly study of what happened, I think they’re both amazing ways to understand human nature.”

I have always thought that these two ways of talking, one is the fantastic, the fable, the fairy tale, and the other being history, the scholarly study of what happened, I think they’re both amazing ways to understand human nature.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If there were Israeli attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, it makes it certain there would be a reprisal attack against the United States at some point.”

If there were Israeli attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, it makes it certain there would be a reprisal attack against the United States at some point.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The thing that I think was very brave of my younger self was that he decided he would be an idiot. Just persevere. That feels brave to me: deciding that I’m going to damn well be this person that I’ve set my heart on being.”

The thing that I think was very brave of my younger self was that he decided he would be an idiot. Just persevere. That feels brave to me: deciding that I’m going to damn well be this person that I’ve set my heart on being.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In Iran, fundamentalism was fuelled to an extent by the regime of the Shah being supported by the West.”

In Iran, fundamentalism was fuelled to an extent by the regime of the Shah being supported by the West.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Have you noticed the physical resemblance between Imran Khan and Gaddafi? If you were making a movie of the life of Gaddafi and you wanted a slightly better-looking version of Gaddafi, you might cast Imran Khan.”

Have you noticed the physical resemblance between Imran Khan and Gaddafi? If you were making a movie of the life of Gaddafi and you wanted a slightly better-looking version of Gaddafi, you might cast Imran Khan.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m not a big fan of there being voiceovers in movies. I really prefer it when the film tells it story.”

I’m not a big fan of there being voiceovers in movies. I really prefer it when the film tells it story.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When we stop believing in the gods we can start believing in their stories.”

When we stop believing in the gods we can start believing in their stories.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I don’t think there is a need for an entity like God in my life.”

I don’t think there is a need for an entity like God in my life.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Why obliterate the exceptional merely in order to make the outstanding look finer than it was?”

Why obliterate the exceptional merely in order to make the outstanding look finer than it was?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I would argue that religion comes from a desire to get to the questions of, ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘How shall we live?’ And I would say I don’t need religion to answer those questions.”

I would argue that religion comes from a desire to get to the questions of, ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘How shall we live?’ And I would say I don’t need religion to answer those questions.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.”

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Someone asked me if I was afraid to write my memoirs. I told him: ‘We have to stop drawing up accounts of fear! We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do.’”

Someone asked me if I was afraid to write my memoirs. I told him: ‘We have to stop drawing up accounts of fear! We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do.’

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “People must be protected from prejudice against their person. But people cannot be protected from prejudice against their ideas – because otherwise we’re all done.”

People must be protected from prejudice against their person. But people cannot be protected from prejudice against their ideas – because otherwise we’re all done.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Between shame and shamelessness lies the axis upon which we turn; meteorological conditions at both these poles are of the most extreme, ferocious type. Shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence.”

Between shame and shamelessness lies the axis upon which we turn; meteorological conditions at both these poles are of the most extreme, ferocious type. Shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ll tell you what divorce hasn’t taught me. It didn’t teach me not to get married again.”

I’ll tell you what divorce hasn’t taught me. It didn’t teach me not to get married again.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Matthew Wiener on ‘Mad Men’ writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.”

Matthew Wiener on ‘Mad Men’ writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When you start writing about the stuff that is the central experience of your own life, you can talk about whatever you want, in whatever way you want.”

When you start writing about the stuff that is the central experience of your own life, you can talk about whatever you want, in whatever way you want.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If a birth is the fall-out from the explosion caused by the union of two unstable elements, then perhaps a half-life is all we can expect.”

If a birth is the fall-out from the explosion caused by the union of two unstable elements, then perhaps a half-life is all we can expect.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I did a lot of student acting when I was young.”

I did a lot of student acting when I was young.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It may be that the books that were best liked in your lifetime are not the ones that are best liked 100 years later.”

It may be that the books that were best liked in your lifetime are not the ones that are best liked 100 years later.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In the movies, the writer is just the servant, the employee.”

In the movies, the writer is just the servant, the employee.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Few topographical boundaries can rival the frontiers of the mind.”

Few topographical boundaries can rival the frontiers of the mind.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “My first novel – the novel I wrote before ‘Midnight’s Children’ – feels, to me, now, very – I mean, I get embarrassed when I see people reading it. You know, there are some people who, bizarrely, like it. Which I’m, you know, I’m happy for.”

My first novel – the novel I wrote before ‘Midnight’s Children’ – feels, to me, now, very – I mean, I get embarrassed when I see people reading it. You know, there are some people who, bizarrely, like it. Which I’m, you know, I’m happy for.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Freedom to reject is the only freedom.”

Freedom to reject is the only freedom.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Sometimes I think that when people become famous, there’s a public perception that they are not human beings any more. They don’t have feelings; they don’t get hurt; you can act and say as you like about them.”

Sometimes I think that when people become famous, there’s a public perception that they are not human beings any more. They don’t have feelings; they don’t get hurt; you can act and say as you like about them.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The people suffering most from the Taliban were Afghans.”

The people suffering most from the Taliban were Afghans.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The way you write a screenplay is that you close your eyes and run the movie in your head and then you write it down.”

The way you write a screenplay is that you close your eyes and run the movie in your head and then you write it down.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A people that has remained convinced of its greatness and invulnerability, that has chosen to believe such a myth in the face of all the evidence, is a people in the grip of a kind of sleep, or madness.”

A people that has remained convinced of its greatness and invulnerability, that has chosen to believe such a myth in the face of all the evidence, is a people in the grip of a kind of sleep, or madness.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I for one don’t need a supreme “sacred” arbiter in order to be a moral being.”

I for one don’t need a supreme “sacred” arbiter in order to be a moral being.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic.”

Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think anyone who knows me at all knows that I have been a movie addict all my life. I grew up in a city obsessed by cinema and where there are cinemas on every street corner.”

I think anyone who knows me at all knows that I have been a movie addict all my life. I grew up in a city obsessed by cinema and where there are cinemas on every street corner.

— Salman Rushdie

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