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Salman Rushdie Quote: “Like everybody else, I’ve had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn’t trust the person I was in love with one inch.”

Like everybody else, I’ve had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn’t trust the person I was in love with one inch.

— Salman Rushdie



Salman Rushdie Quote: “It’s obvious that I come down on the side of free speech for anybody’s work.”

It’s obvious that I come down on the side of free speech for anybody’s work.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture.”

I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We walk unknowing amid the shadows of our past and, forgetting our history, are ignorant of ourselves.”

We walk unknowing amid the shadows of our past and, forgetting our history, are ignorant of ourselves.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “PLEASE BELIEVE that I am falling apart.”

PLEASE BELIEVE that I am falling apart.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “They came into being simultaneously in a garden, Eve and Adam, fully grown and naked and enjoying you could say the first Big Bang, and they had no idea how they got there until a snake led them to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and when they ate its fruit they both simultaneously came up with the idea of a creator-god, a good- and-evil decider, a gardener-god who made the garden, otherwise where did the garden come from, and then planted them in it like rootless plants. And.”

They came into being simultaneously in a garden, Eve and Adam, fully grown and naked and enjoying you could say the first Big Bang, and they had no idea how they got there until a snake led them to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and when they ate its fruit they both simultaneously came up with the idea of a creator-god, a good- and-evil decider, a gardener-god who made the garden, otherwise where did the garden come from, and then planted them in it like rootless plants. And.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “For an instant, silence, noisier than a waterfall.”

For an instant, silence, noisier than a waterfall.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Religion is responsible for a lot of the problems in the history of the world and it’s not something that I practice or recommend, but to each his own.”

Religion is responsible for a lot of the problems in the history of the world and it’s not something that I practice or recommend, but to each his own.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It was the resilience in human beings that represented their best chance of survival, their ability to look the unimaginable, the unconscionable, the unprecedented in the eye.”

It was the resilience in human beings that represented their best chance of survival, their ability to look the unimaginable, the unconscionable, the unprecedented in the eye.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Writers have been in terrible situations and have yet managed to produce extraordinary work.”

Writers have been in terrible situations and have yet managed to produce extraordinary work.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In a novel, if you’re any good, you don’t just have good people or bad people. You have complicated people. You have real people.”

In a novel, if you’re any good, you don’t just have good people or bad people. You have complicated people. You have real people.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The interesting thing about history sometimes. is that you know these people existed, and you knew what jobs they did, but you don’t know much about them as people, so you actually have to make them up.”

The interesting thing about history sometimes. is that you know these people existed, and you knew what jobs they did, but you don’t know much about them as people, so you actually have to make them up.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Raif Badawi’s is an important voice for all of us to hear.”

Raif Badawi’s is an important voice for all of us to hear.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.”

Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In the waking dreams our societies permit, in our myths, our arts, our songs, we celebrate the nonbelongers, the different ones, the outlaws, the freaks.”

In the waking dreams our societies permit, in our myths, our arts, our songs, we celebrate the nonbelongers, the different ones, the outlaws, the freaks.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Look at history. It’s not the account of a species at peace.”

Look at history. It’s not the account of a species at peace.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The writers of the French enlightenment had deliberately used blasphemy as a weapon, refusing to accept the power of the Church to set limiting points on thought.”

The writers of the French enlightenment had deliberately used blasphemy as a weapon, refusing to accept the power of the Church to set limiting points on thought.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If I were dead, then nobody in England would have to fuss about the cost of my security and whether or not I merited such special treatment for so long.”

If I were dead, then nobody in England would have to fuss about the cost of my security and whether or not I merited such special treatment for so long.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “He had picked up languages the way most sailors pick up diseases; languages were his gonorrhoea, his syphilis, his scurvy, his ague, his plague.”

He had picked up languages the way most sailors pick up diseases; languages were his gonorrhoea, his syphilis, his scurvy, his ague, his plague.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I discovered that if you find the language to talk to younger readers, children can accept anything.”

I discovered that if you find the language to talk to younger readers, children can accept anything.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many ways deficient.”

Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many ways deficient.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “It just requires so much of you, and most of the time you feel dumb.”

It just requires so much of you, and most of the time you feel dumb.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I don’t know what to say about literary critics. I think it’s probably best to say nothing.”

I don’t know what to say about literary critics. I think it’s probably best to say nothing.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “When you write, you write out of your best self. Everything else drops away.”

When you write, you write out of your best self. Everything else drops away.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Until you know who you are you can’t write.”

Until you know who you are you can’t write.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I didn’t become a writer to write about me.”

I didn’t become a writer to write about me.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I do think that there is such a thing as human nature, and that the things that we have in common are perhaps greater than the things that divide us.”

I do think that there is such a thing as human nature, and that the things that we have in common are perhaps greater than the things that divide us.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “If Turkey wants to join Europe, it will have to become a European country, and that might take a long time.”

If Turkey wants to join Europe, it will have to become a European country, and that might take a long time.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Writers have an opinion about the world and offer arguments about the world. They should offer contemplation.”

Writers have an opinion about the world and offer arguments about the world. They should offer contemplation.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “People are always telling me that they’ve seen people reading my books on the subway, or the beach, or whenever.”

People are always telling me that they’ve seen people reading my books on the subway, or the beach, or whenever.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The USA approach looks like bullying because it is.”

The USA approach looks like bullying because it is.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The West sees Iran as an important force in the gulf.”

The West sees Iran as an important force in the gulf.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ve never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones.”

I’ve never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.”

The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “This is not what I had planned; but perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.”

This is not what I had planned; but perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The publishing of a book is a worldwide event. The attempt to suppress a book is a worldwide event.”

The publishing of a book is a worldwide event. The attempt to suppress a book is a worldwide event.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Science fiction is always a vehicle for ideas. It’s the form which allows either movies or books to be an exploration of how we should live.”

Science fiction is always a vehicle for ideas. It’s the form which allows either movies or books to be an exploration of how we should live.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Killing people because you don’t like their ideas – it’s a bad thing.”

Killing people because you don’t like their ideas – it’s a bad thing.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’ve always prided myself on my discipline as a writer. I do it like a job. I get up in the morning and go to my desk.”

I’ve always prided myself on my discipline as a writer. I do it like a job. I get up in the morning and go to my desk.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Science fiction is where I started out, really. When I was a kid, I was a complete addict of science fiction. It was one of my earliest interests as a writer, and I’ve just taken a long time to circle back around to it.”

Science fiction is where I started out, really. When I was a kid, I was a complete addict of science fiction. It was one of my earliest interests as a writer, and I’ve just taken a long time to circle back around to it.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I don’t feel American. I do feel like a New Yorker. I think there’s a real distinction there. A city allows you to become a citizen even when you’re not a national.”

I don’t feel American. I do feel like a New Yorker. I think there’s a real distinction there. A city allows you to become a citizen even when you’re not a national.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “They drove past buses that dripped people the way a sponge drips water, and arrived at a thick forest of human beings, a crowd of people sprouting in all directions like leaves on jungle trees.”

They drove past buses that dripped people the way a sponge drips water, and arrived at a thick forest of human beings, a crowd of people sprouting in all directions like leaves on jungle trees.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You can’t have modern states based on ideas which have been out of date for a thousand years.”

You can’t have modern states based on ideas which have been out of date for a thousand years.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “In general, writers shouldn’t be killed for what they write, though I can think of exceptions.”

In general, writers shouldn’t be killed for what they write, though I can think of exceptions.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “We were all trapped in stories, she said, just as he used to say, his wavy hair, his naughty smile, his beautiful mind, each of us the prisoner of our own solipsistic narrative, each family the captive of the family story, each community locked within its own tale of itself, each people the victims of their own versions of history, and there were parts of the world where the narratives collided and went to war, where there were two or more incompatible stories fighting for space on, to speak, the same page.”

We were all trapped in stories, she said, just as he used to say, his wavy hair, his naughty smile, his beautiful mind, each of us the prisoner of our own solipsistic narrative, each family the captive of the family story, each community locked within its own tale of itself, each people the victims of their own versions of history, and there were parts of the world where the narratives collided and went to war, where there were two or more incompatible stories fighting for space on, to speak, the same page.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You can adhere to your faith, but that faith needs to march in line with the rest of the world and needs to find a way of expressing itself in the modern world.”

You can adhere to your faith, but that faith needs to march in line with the rest of the world and needs to find a way of expressing itself in the modern world.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “The great concern is that year after year, rising numbers of journalists are being killed in pursuit of their work. They are increasingly seen as not being neutral but rather as combatants by one side or the other.”

The great concern is that year after year, rising numbers of journalists are being killed in pursuit of their work. They are increasingly seen as not being neutral but rather as combatants by one side or the other.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “I’m a world expert on superhero comics. I think maybe only Michael Chabon knows more than me.”

I’m a world expert on superhero comics. I think maybe only Michael Chabon knows more than me.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “Our human tragedy is that we are unable to comprehend our experience, it slips through our fingers, we can’t hold on to it, and the more time passes, the harder it gets... My father said that the natural world gave us explanations to compensate for the meanings we could not grasp. The slant of the cold sunlight on a winter pine, the music of water, an oar cutting the lake and the flight of birds, the mountains’ nobility, the silence of the silence. We are given life but must accept that it is unattainable and rejoice in what can be held in the eye, the memory, the mind.”

Our human tragedy is that we are unable to comprehend our experience, it slips through our fingers, we can’t hold on to it, and the more time passes, the harder it gets... My father said that the natural world gave us explanations to compensate for the meanings we could not grasp. The slant of the cold sunlight on a winter pine, the music of water, an oar cutting the lake and the flight of birds, the mountains’ nobility, the silence of the silence. We are given life but must accept that it is unattainable and rejoice in what can be held in the eye, the memory, the mind.

— Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie Quote: “You will see, as time goes by,” said Ibn Rushd, “that in the end it will be religion that will make men turn away from God. The godly are God’s worst advocates. It may take a thousand and one years but in the end religion will shrivel away and only then will we begin to live in God’s truth.”

You will see, as time goes by,” said Ibn Rushd, “that in the end it will be religion that will make men turn away from God. The godly are God’s worst advocates. It may take a thousand and one years but in the end religion will shrivel away and only then will we begin to live in God’s truth.

— Salman Rushdie

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