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Salman Rushdie Quote: “From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence.”

From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence.

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it’s teaching.”

The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it’s teaching.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Death and life were just adjacent verandas.”

Death and life were just adjacent verandas.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Fundamentalists of all faiths are the fundamental evil of our time.”

Fundamentalists of all faiths are the fundamental evil of our time.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Hell is other people’s fantasies...”

Hell is other people’s fantasies...

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “As human knowledge has grown, it has also become plain that every religious story ever told about how we got here is quite simply wrong. This, finally, is what all religions have in common. They didn’t get it right.”

As human knowledge has grown, it has also become plain that every religious story ever told about how we got here is quite simply wrong. This, finally, is what all religions have in common. They didn’t get it right.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think the veil is a way of taking power away from women.”

I think the veil is a way of taking power away from women.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.”

If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Sometimes when you finish a book, you don’t know quite what you’ve got.”

Sometimes when you finish a book, you don’t know quite what you’ve got.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The Chinese are good at repression and can be pretty ruthless about it.”

The Chinese are good at repression and can be pretty ruthless about it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.”

I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Is birth always a fall?”

Is birth always a fall?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We were language’s magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny.”

We were language’s magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A man is sane only to the extent that he subscribes to a previously-agreed construction of reality.”

A man is sane only to the extent that he subscribes to a previously-agreed construction of reality.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think that England made a very big, historical mistake to allow itself to become the kind of terrorist capital of the world.”

I think that England made a very big, historical mistake to allow itself to become the kind of terrorist capital of the world.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have no problem with people’s religious beliefs. I just don’t happen to have any.”

I have no problem with people’s religious beliefs. I just don’t happen to have any.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You don’t fight radical conservatism with not-quite-so radical conservatism.”

You don’t fight radical conservatism with not-quite-so radical conservatism.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What kind of God is it who’s upset by a cartoon in Danish?”

What kind of God is it who’s upset by a cartoon in Danish?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “India is my kid sister.”

India is my kid sister.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism.”

The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.”

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world’s oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.”

The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world’s oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You don’t that often see writers being sought out when there are matters of great moment to discuss. And I think that’s a loss.”

You don’t that often see writers being sought out when there are matters of great moment to discuss. And I think that’s a loss.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Obviously, a rigid, blinkered, absolutist world view is the easiest to keep hold of, whereas the fluid, uncertain, metamorphic picture I’ve always carried about is rather more vulnerable.”

Obviously, a rigid, blinkered, absolutist world view is the easiest to keep hold of, whereas the fluid, uncertain, metamorphic picture I’ve always carried about is rather more vulnerable.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Human beings understand themselves and shape their futures by arguing and challenging and questioning and saying the un-sayable, not by bowing the knee whether to gods or to men.”

Human beings understand themselves and shape their futures by arguing and challenging and questioning and saying the un-sayable, not by bowing the knee whether to gods or to men.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Very often, people who actually pick up a book of mine for the first time are kind of surprised. And I get these letters saying, well, who knew that you were good, you know?”

Very often, people who actually pick up a book of mine for the first time are kind of surprised. And I get these letters saying, well, who knew that you were good, you know?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It is often said by religious people that without its framework, there is no sense of right or wrong. My view is that religion comes after ethics.”

It is often said by religious people that without its framework, there is no sense of right or wrong. My view is that religion comes after ethics.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Acting was always my unscratched itch, when I was in college and even afterwards.”

Acting was always my unscratched itch, when I was in college and even afterwards.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up.”

If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Wherever goodness lay, it did not lie in ritual, unthinking obeisance before a deity but rather, perhaps, in the slow clumsy, error-strewn working out of an individual or collective path.”

Wherever goodness lay, it did not lie in ritual, unthinking obeisance before a deity but rather, perhaps, in the slow clumsy, error-strewn working out of an individual or collective path.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We are the only animals that tell stories to understand the world we live in.”

We are the only animals that tell stories to understand the world we live in.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Children like being a little scared, but they don’t want to be disturbed.”

Children like being a little scared, but they don’t want to be disturbed.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.”

Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I only met Margaret Thatcher twice. The thing that I thought about meeting her was how extraordinarily intelligent she was. You really had to be on your game; otherwise, she’d make mincemeat of you.”

I only met Margaret Thatcher twice. The thing that I thought about meeting her was how extraordinarily intelligent she was. You really had to be on your game; otherwise, she’d make mincemeat of you.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ve never rejected the world I came from. To be rejected by it is horrible.”

I’ve never rejected the world I came from. To be rejected by it is horrible.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Ideas are interesting to me, and religions are a place where ideas have been very subtly embodied for thousands of years. All literature started as sacred literature.”

Ideas are interesting to me, and religions are a place where ideas have been very subtly embodied for thousands of years. All literature started as sacred literature.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You start at the stupid end of the book, and if you’re lucky you finish at the smart end.”

You start at the stupid end of the book, and if you’re lucky you finish at the smart end.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.”

Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “History could claw upward as well as down. The powerful could be deafened by the cries of the poor.”

History could claw upward as well as down. The powerful could be deafened by the cries of the poor.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We live in a frightened time, and people self-censor all the time and are afraid of going into some subjects because they are worried about violent reactions.”

We live in a frightened time, and people self-censor all the time and are afraid of going into some subjects because they are worried about violent reactions.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We must conclude that it is not only a particular political ideology that has failed, but the idea that men and women could ever define themselves in terms that exclude their spiritual needs.”

We must conclude that it is not only a particular political ideology that has failed, but the idea that men and women could ever define themselves in terms that exclude their spiritual needs.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.”

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It’s Kennedy’s war, Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson got all the flak, but it’s Kennedy’s war.”

It’s Kennedy’s war, Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson got all the flak, but it’s Kennedy’s war.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The problem of telling contemporary history is that your message gets outdated.”

The problem of telling contemporary history is that your message gets outdated.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think if we wish to live in any kind of a moral universe, we must hold the perpetrators of violence responsible for the violence they perpetrate. It’s very simple. The criminal is responsible for the crime.”

I think if we wish to live in any kind of a moral universe, we must hold the perpetrators of violence responsible for the violence they perpetrate. It’s very simple. The criminal is responsible for the crime.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If you have children, you worry about the world you’re leaving them.”

If you have children, you worry about the world you’re leaving them.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.”

If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In the real world, immeasurable hurt is caused by terrorists based in Pakistan who attack countries like India.”

In the real world, immeasurable hurt is caused by terrorists based in Pakistan who attack countries like India.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it.”

The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a matriarchal nomadic culture to an urban patriarchal system.”

The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a matriarchal nomadic culture to an urban patriarchal system.

— Salman Rushdie

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