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Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have had many more close women friends than men, and I’ve always assumed that comes from the fact that in my family there was such a disproportionate female element.”

I have had many more close women friends than men, and I’ve always assumed that comes from the fact that in my family there was such a disproportionate female element.

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m definitely post-something.”

I’m definitely post-something.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There’s a lot of conflict and darkness inside everybody’s family. We all pretend to outsiders that it’s not so, but behind locked doors, there are usually high emotions running.”

There’s a lot of conflict and darkness inside everybody’s family. We all pretend to outsiders that it’s not so, but behind locked doors, there are usually high emotions running.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The answer to religion is not no religion, but another way of thinking of it. Another way of being in it.”

The answer to religion is not no religion, but another way of thinking of it. Another way of being in it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “My horizon’s have shrunk and I have only endings to write.”

My horizon’s have shrunk and I have only endings to write.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is a widespread difficulty in the Muslim world, which has to do with how the people are taught about examining their own history. A whole range of stuff has been placed off limits.”

There is a widespread difficulty in the Muslim world, which has to do with how the people are taught about examining their own history. A whole range of stuff has been placed off limits.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.”

I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Everybody loves ‘The Wire,’ and I think it’s okay, but in the end it’s just a police series.”

Everybody loves ‘The Wire,’ and I think it’s okay, but in the end it’s just a police series.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I don’t like books that play to the gallery, but I’ve become more concerned with telling a story as clearly and engagingly as I can.”

I don’t like books that play to the gallery, but I’ve become more concerned with telling a story as clearly and engagingly as I can.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “YouTube is full of pieces of trash. If you want to look on YouTube and find something that insults you, you can probably find it.”

YouTube is full of pieces of trash. If you want to look on YouTube and find something that insults you, you can probably find it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do have a lot of time for people in my life, and friendship is a very important subject for me. I think I’m unusual among the writers I know in that respect.”

I do have a lot of time for people in my life, and friendship is a very important subject for me. I think I’m unusual among the writers I know in that respect.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “All my adult life, if I didn’t have several hours a day to sit in a room by myself, I would get antsy and irritable.”

All my adult life, if I didn’t have several hours a day to sit in a room by myself, I would get antsy and irritable.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I don’t read my books, I write them. Once I’ve finished the many years it usually takes me to write them, I can’t bear to read them, because I’ve spent too long with them already. I’m not advertising them very well, am I?”

I don’t read my books, I write them. Once I’ve finished the many years it usually takes me to write them, I can’t bear to read them, because I’ve spent too long with them already. I’m not advertising them very well, am I?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do think there was a period there when my sanity was under intense pressure, and I didn’t know what to say or do or how to act. I was literally living from day to day.”

I do think there was a period there when my sanity was under intense pressure, and I didn’t know what to say or do or how to act. I was literally living from day to day.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I think people direct good films when they feel personal to them, not because it’s a famous book or something. It has to something move over that and somehow become personal to the director.”

I think people direct good films when they feel personal to them, not because it’s a famous book or something. It has to something move over that and somehow become personal to the director.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m no friend of Tony Blair’s and I consider the Middle East policies of the United States and the UK fatal.”

I’m no friend of Tony Blair’s and I consider the Middle East policies of the United States and the UK fatal.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You want all your books to stick around after you’ve gone.”

You want all your books to stick around after you’ve gone.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The thing about literature is that, yes, there are kind of tides of fashion, you know; people come in and out of fashion; writers who are very celebrated fall into, you know, people you know stop reading them, and then it comes back again.”

The thing about literature is that, yes, there are kind of tides of fashion, you know; people come in and out of fashion; writers who are very celebrated fall into, you know, people you know stop reading them, and then it comes back again.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There needs to be a thorough examination, by Muslims everywhere, of why it is that the faith they love breeds so many violent mutant strains.”

There needs to be a thorough examination, by Muslims everywhere, of why it is that the faith they love breeds so many violent mutant strains.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “America had left reality behind and entered the comic-book universe.”

America had left reality behind and entered the comic-book universe.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It’s always been colossally important to me that my books should be well received in India. It’s where I come from.”

It’s always been colossally important to me that my books should be well received in India. It’s where I come from.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I grew up reading ‘The Jungle Books’ and loving them.”

I grew up reading ‘The Jungle Books’ and loving them.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire.”

I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I became a writer because I got addicted to story. The first storyteller in my life was my father.”

I became a writer because I got addicted to story. The first storyteller in my life was my father.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When you are making an independent film, money is never an issue.”

When you are making an independent film, money is never an issue.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You’d have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain.”

Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You’d have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m a novelist. Fortunately I don’t have to rule the world.”

I’m a novelist. Fortunately I don’t have to rule the world.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “A novel, I think, is partly about the contemporary and partly about the eternal, and it’s the balance of that that’s difficult to achieve.”

A novel, I think, is partly about the contemporary and partly about the eternal, and it’s the balance of that that’s difficult to achieve.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Certainly, the Hollywood cinema, there’s almost nothing of interest coming out of there.”

Certainly, the Hollywood cinema, there’s almost nothing of interest coming out of there.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It’s true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.”

It’s true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have to say that after some initial resistance, I’m now a complete ‘Game of Thrones’ addict.”

I have to say that after some initial resistance, I’m now a complete ‘Game of Thrones’ addict.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.”

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Normally when I read, I don’t like music playing.”

Normally when I read, I don’t like music playing.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The suicide bomber’s imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people’s lives.”

The suicide bomber’s imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people’s lives.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “But a man may dream, and in his dreams be other than he is.”

But a man may dream, and in his dreams be other than he is.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “They are the Eggheads. He is the Walrus.”

They are the Eggheads. He is the Walrus.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “But I – and I just think it’s very – one of the problems of defending the extraordinary principle of freedom of speech is that you have to defend freedom of speech for people like that too.”

But I – and I just think it’s very – one of the problems of defending the extraordinary principle of freedom of speech is that you have to defend freedom of speech for people like that too.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The world is about the way in which our dreams intersect with our real life. Endlessly, the world of the imagination changes the world.”

The world is about the way in which our dreams intersect with our real life. Endlessly, the world of the imagination changes the world.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If bigots behave like bigots, it’s not a huge surprise.”

If bigots behave like bigots, it’s not a huge surprise.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “And so it is they who, between them, give me all the reasons for believing in none.”

And so it is they who, between them, give me all the reasons for believing in none.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality.”

The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In television, the 60-minute series, ‘The Wire’ and ‘Mad Men’ and so on, the writer is the primary creative artist.”

In television, the 60-minute series, ‘The Wire’ and ‘Mad Men’ and so on, the writer is the primary creative artist.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The thing I really like about Twitter is the speed with which information reaches me. You find out things from Twitter long before they’re on the news. That, I think, is valuable.”

The thing I really like about Twitter is the speed with which information reaches me. You find out things from Twitter long before they’re on the news. That, I think, is valuable.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “What I’ve always tried to find in my books are points at which the private lives of the characters, and also my own, intersect with the public life of the culture.”

What I’ve always tried to find in my books are points at which the private lives of the characters, and also my own, intersect with the public life of the culture.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I have never really thought of myself as a writer about religion. And I think one of the things that happened to me as a result of all that is that I think it did for some people, many people, obscure the kind of writer that I actually am.”

I have never really thought of myself as a writer about religion. And I think one of the things that happened to me as a result of all that is that I think it did for some people, many people, obscure the kind of writer that I actually am.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “There is a point beyond which conciliation looks like capitulation. I do not believe I passed that point, but others have thought otherwise.”

There is a point beyond which conciliation looks like capitulation. I do not believe I passed that point, but others have thought otherwise.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Can one drown in one’s element... If fish can drown in water, can human beings suffocate in air?”

Can one drown in one’s element... If fish can drown in water, can human beings suffocate in air?

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The black ice of that dark fortress received the sunlight like a mortal wound.”

The black ice of that dark fortress received the sunlight like a mortal wound.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You can’t judge an internal injury by the size of the hole.”

You can’t judge an internal injury by the size of the hole.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It seems that the right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack by religious institutions.”

It seems that the right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack by religious institutions.

— Salman Rushdie

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