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This is going to make me sound ancient, but I remember Juhu Beach when there weren't any buildings on it. You'd go through countryside and arrive at this amazing beach. I remember driving from Delhi to the Qutab Minar through countryside. Mehrauli was a little village - that's all gone. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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If you're on a freeway and want to know if you're being followed, what you do is enormously vary your speed. You accelerate to 100 and slow down to 30 and then accelerate again. In a city, you make a lot of turns against the stream of traffic. You go around a roundabout twice. -- Salman Rushdie
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The inconspicuous nine-vehicle motorcade rolled toward Manhattan with motorcycle sirens blaring and lights flashing, attracting no attention at all. -- Salman Rushdie
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Rohinton Mistry's celebrated novel 'Such a Long Journey' was pulled off the syllabus of Mumbai University because local extremists objected to its content. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise. -- Salman Rushdie
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The Muslim population in India is, largely speaking, not radicalised. From the beginning, they were always very secular-minded. -- Salman Rushdie
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Speaking as somebody with three sisters and a very largely female Muslim family, there is not a single woman I know in my family or in their friends who would have accepted the wearing of a veil. -- Salman Rushdie
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One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions. -- Salman Rushdie
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I think the business of writing a great deal of it is the business of paying attention to your characters, to the world they live in, to the story you have to tell, but just a kind of deep attention and out of that if you pay attention properly the story will tell you what it needs. -- Salman Rushdie
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Our lives teach us who we are. I have learned the hard way that when you permit anyone else's description of reality to supplant your own ... then you might as well be dead. -- Salman Rushdie
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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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Ignorantly is how we all fall in love; for it is a kind of fall. Closing our eyes, we leap from that cliff in hope of a soft landing. Nor is it always soft; but still, without that leap nobody comes to life. -- Salman Rushdie
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When the sword of the tongue is drawn, the emperor thought, it inflicts deeper cuts than the sharpest blade. -- Salman Rushdie
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The word 'translation' comes, etymologically, from the Latin for 'bearing across'. 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
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India, the new myth
a collective fiction in which anything was possible, a fable rivalled only by the two other mighty fantasies: money and God. -- Salman Rushdie
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What I've always seen in writers and artists is the courage it takes to make an original work of art. I think the real risks in literature are linguistic and intellectual, and I hope we can highlight those, as well as political courage. -- Salman Rushdie
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Freedom is not a tea party, India. Freedom is a war. -- Salman Rushdie
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India's head ached. Insomnia was still her most attentive, cruelest lover, demanding and possessing her selfishly whenever it chose to do so. Light-heartedness was beyond her today. A man of middling quality was trying to marry her, and there was something wrong with her father's voice on the phone. -- Salman Rushdie
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Games sometimes require lateral thinking. They sometimes require quite skilled hand-eye coordination and so on. But they're not in any sense intelligent in the way that you want your children to develop intelligence to make the mind not just supple, but actually informed. -- Salman Rushdie
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I didn't become a writer to write about me. -- Salman Rushdie
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IS IT POSSIBLE to be jealous of written words? To resent nocturnal scribblings as though they were the very flesh and blood of a sexual rival? -- Salman Rushdie
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The difference between memoir and autobiography, as far as I see it, is that a memoir is there primarily to tell one particular story, whereas an autobiography tries to be a full account of a life. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'd rather die fighting over great poets than over gods. -- Salman Rushdie
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Stories in families are colossally important. Every family has stories: some funny, some proud, some embarrassing, some shameful. Knowing them is proof of belonging to the family. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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I used to write a monthly column for the 'New York Times' syndicate. But I stopped because I found it really hard to have one extreme opinion a month. I don't know how these columnists have two or three ideas a week; I was having difficulty having 12 things to say a year. -- Salman Rushdie
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We who have grown up on a diet of honour and shame can still grasp what must seem unthinkable to people living in the aftermath of the death of God and of tragedy: that men will sacrifice their dearest love on the implacable altars of their pride. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Beware the man (or jinni) of action when he finally seeks to better himself with thought. A little thinking is a dangerous thing. -- Salman Rushdie
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Exile is a dream of a glorious return. Exile is a vision of revolution: Elba, not St Helena. It is an endless paradox: looking forward by always looking back. The exile is a ball hurled high into the air. -- Salman Rushdie
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If somebody's trying to shut you up, sing louder, and if possible, better. -- Salman Rushdie
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People don't like being around despair. Our tolerance for the truly hopeless, for those who are irredeemably broken by life is strictly limited. The sob stories we like are the ones that end before we're bored. -- Salman Rushdie
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This was a species with an exceptional ability to ignore its approaching doom. -- Salman Rushdie
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He never comprehended the desperation in her dazzling, permanent smile, the terror in the brightness with which she faced the world, or the reasons why she hid when she couldn't manage to beam. -- Salman Rushdie
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But what I learned from the Widow's Hand is that whose who would be gods fear no one so much as other potential deities -- Salman Rushdie
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For to the arguments of great thinkers there is no end, the idea of argument itself being a tool to improve the mind, the sharpest of all tools, born of the love of knowledge, which is to say, philosophy. -- Salman Rushdie
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Never make love to a woman who is bad with stained glass," the emperor said solemnly, giving no indication of humorous intent. "Such a woman is an ignorant shrew. -- Salman Rushdie
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Shiva and Saleem, victor and victim; understand our rivalry, and you will gain understanding of the age in which you live. (The reverse of this statement is also true.) -- Salman Rushdie
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Travel was pointless. It removed you from the place in which you had a meaning, and to which you gave meaning in return by dedicating your life to it, and it spirited you away into fairylands where you were, and looked, frankly absurd. -- Salman Rushdie
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A little bit of one story joins onto an idea from another, and hey presto, ... not old tales but new ones. Nothing comes from nothing. -- Salman Rushdie
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A man of his type, big, fit, strong, shrugged off niggles and got on with his day. -- Salman Rushdie
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He knew that his father had finally run hard enough and long enough to wear down the frontiers between the worlds, he had run clear out of his skin and into the arms of his wife, to whom he had proved, once and for all, the superiority of his love. Some migrants are happy to depart. -- Salman Rushdie
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I accept there are people out there who don't like me. I don't like them. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Respect for religion' has become a code phrase meaning 'fear of religion'. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect. -- Salman Rushdie
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Fundamentalists believe that we don't believe in anything. In their view of the world, they are in possession of absolute certainties, while we are descending into decadence. We will be able to triumph over terrorism not by waging war on it, but through a conscious, fearless way of life. -- Salman Rushdie
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in the midst of too much incident, Baby Saleem fell ill. As if incapable of assimilating so many goings-on, he closed his eyes and became red and flushed. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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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
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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
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The reason why books endure is because there are enough people who like them. It's the only reason why books last. -- Salman Rushdie
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This was what was left of a human individual when you took away his home,his family, his friends, his city, his country,his world: a being without context, whose past had faded, whose future was bleak, an entity stripped of name, of meaning,of the whole of life except a temporarily beating heart. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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I have lived twice as long as I should have," the oldest one said, his voice crackling like an old radio because decades were rubbing up against each other around his vocal chords, "and I've never seen so many people so cheerful in such a bad time. It is the Devil's work. -- Salman Rushdie
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Mo Yan is the Chinese equivalent of the Soviet Russian apparatchik writer Mikhail Sholokhov: a patsy of the regime. -- Salman Rushdie
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If there is a choice between absolute safety and freedom, then freedom must always prevail. -- Salman Rushdie
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It seems there is no such thing as a purely good deed, a completely right action. Even this task, which i took on for the very best of reasons, involves making choices that are not that "good", choices that might even be "wrong". -- Salman Rushdie
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Prophet Mohammed would have no objection to The Satanic Verses. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another's, were no longer our own, individual, discrete. -- Salman Rushdie
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I will come back to India - so deal with it. -- Salman Rushdie
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You don't just - you often have to defend the freedoms of people you don't like, you know, whose work you don't like, because freedom of speech is not just for serious people. It's also for trashy people. So, and, unfortunately, this is at the trashy end of the scale. -- Salman Rushdie
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I grew up kissing books and bread, -- Salman Rushdie
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In autobiography, as in all literature, what actually happened is less important than what the author can manage to persuade his audience to believe -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy. -- Salman Rushdie
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Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God. -- Salman Rushdie
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You can't judge an internal injury by the size of the hole. -- Salman Rushdie
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Maybe unhappiness is the continuum through which a human life moves, and joy just a series of blips, of islands in the stream. -- Salman Rushdie
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Why speak if you can't manage perfect thoughts, perfect sentences? -- Salman Rushdie
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No people whose word for 'yesterday' is the same as their word for 'tomorrow' can be said to have a firm grip on the time. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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And so, out of bloody-mindedness, I had said the word, and we went for the first time, into those Bombay Central alleys that have no name. Lamba introduced me simply as 'The Moor', and because I came with him there was less contempt than I had expected. -- Salman Rushdie
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Tai tapped his left nostril. 'You know what this is, Nakkoo? It's the place where the outside world meets the world inside you. -- Salman Rushdie
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Between the adored and the adorer falls the shadow. -- Salman Rushdie
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She says, trying uselessly to console me: 'What are you so long for in your face? Everybody forgets some small things, all the time!'
But if small things go, will large things be close behind? -- Salman Rushdie
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Love, my child, is a thing that every mother learns; it is not born with a baby, but made; and for eleven years, I have learned to love you as my son. -- Salman Rushdie
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What is her name? I don't know. I know her eyebrows. -- Salman Rushdie
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The USA approach looks like bullying because it is. -- Salman Rushdie
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Life has vanquished death and even the furniture celebrates. -- Salman Rushdie
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Bin Laden was born filthy rich and died in a rich man's house, which he had painstakingly built to the highest specifications. -- Salman Rushdie
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Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes. -- Salman Rushdie
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If we can cease envisaging ourselves as metaphorical foetuses, and substitute the image of a newborn child, then that will be at least a small intellectual advance. In time, perhaps, we may even learn to toddle. -- Salman Rushdie
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O ineluctable superiority of northernness -- Salman Rushdie
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Why is that fairy-tales always treat marriage as an ending? And always such a perfectly happy one? -- Salman Rushdie
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Unfortunately life has a way of sidetracking one's greatest ambitions. Painters, would-be artists, end up whitewashing walls. Sculptors are forced to design toilets. Writers become critics or publicists. Archaeologists, like myself, can become gravediggers. -- Salman Rushdie
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Ravings, in short, jealousy of the past, the worst kind of all. -- Salman Rushdie
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He was teaching them to hate, wife. He tells them to hate Hindus and Buddhists and Jains and Sikhs and who knows what other vegetarians. Will you have hateful children, woman? -- Salman Rushdie
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While you were anesthetized to the tragedy of life you were able to survive. When clarity was returned to you, when it was painstakingly restored, it could drive you mad. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'm a reader of Chinese literature, I like their films, but also: I've had great difficulty getting my work published in China; very little of it has been published there. The first two attempts to have all of my work published, for instance, were refused without any reason ever being given. -- Salman Rushdie
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Home is the place where you feel happy. -- Salman Rushdie
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The miniatures of the Mughal period are really the pinnacle of Indian artistic achievement. And not a single one of those paintings is done by an individual artist. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Hey you, long face,' shouted an elderly gent who must have been at least seventy years old, but who was dancing through the flooded, rainy streets, waving a rolled umbrella like a sword. 'Don't you sing those Tragedy Songs round here. -- Salman Rushdie
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There was a series called 'Game of Thrones' which was very popular here in the United States, a post-Tolkien kind of thing. It was garbage, yet very addictive garbage - because there's lots of violence, all the women take their clothes off all the time, and it's kind of fun. -- Salman Rushdie
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She liked red wine but had no head for it and after two glasses became a different person, giggling, gesticulating, talking without stopping, interrupting others, and, always, wanting to dance. -- Salman Rushdie
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But there's one thing we must all be clear about: terrorism is not the pursuit of legitimate goals by some sort of illegitimate means. Whatever the murderers may be trying to achieve, creating a better world certainly isn't one of their goals. Instead they are out to murder innocent people. -- Salman Rushdie
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The only thing worse than a bad review from the Ayatollah Khomeini would be a good review from the Ayatollah Khomeini. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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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
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I grew up falling in love with kind of story, amazing, wonder tale of the East, which if you're a child growing up in India is all around you.And I think one of the gifts it gave me as a writer was this early knowledge that stories are not true. -- Salman Rushdie
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Music, love, death. Certainly a triangle of sorts; maybe even an eternal one.
"The only people who can see the whole picture," he murmured, "are the ones who step out of the frame." (The ground beneath her feet.) -- Salman Rushdie
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Bread and books: food for the body and food for the soul - what could be more worthy of our respect, and even love? -- Salman Rushdie
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OK, publishing a book and releasing a movie is all very well, but Tottenham beating Man. U. 3-2 ... priceless. -- Salman Rushdie
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When I'm writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call 'supernaturalism.' As a writer, I find I need that to explain the world I'm writing about. -- Salman Rushdie
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All over India policemen were arresting people, all opposition leaders except members of the pro-Moscow Communists, and also schoolteachers lawyers poets newspapermen trade-unionists, in fact anyone who had ever made the mistake of sneezing during the Madam's speeches, -- Salman Rushdie
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To reflect is to regain a little, lost sense of proportion -- Salman Rushdie
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Anybody who's spent any time with machines at all,' he added, 'and baby, that's us all, knows first and foremost there's only one thing certain about them, computer or bicycle. They go wrong. -- Salman Rushdie
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In all his writing he had tried to reconcile the words "reason," "logic" and "science" with the words "God," "faith" and "Qur'an," and he had not succeeded, even though he used with great subtlety the argument from kindness, -- Salman Rushdie
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When you're writing for the screen, you have to be hyper-conscious every moment of how the audience is going to react. If you write just one scene where the audience is confused or it breaks their concentration in some way, then you've lost them, and you might never get them back. -- Salman Rushdie
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Perhaps because my relationship with my father went through such a long, bumpy time, it's been very important for me to work to try to keep lines of communication open between my sons and myself to try to avoid my father's mistakes. At least if you're making mistakes, make different mistakes. -- Salman Rushdie
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Once the god-squaddie supreme, she was now possessed of the zeal of the apostate and came on like an atheistic stormtrooper. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you are making an independent film, money is never an issue. -- Salman Rushdie
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Knowledge was never simply born in the human mind; it was always reborn. The relaying of wisdom from one age to the next, this cycle of rebirths: this was wisdom. -- Salman Rushdie
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People think they are all sort of things they aren't' he had sad. 'They think they are talented when they're not; they think they're powerful when they're actually just bullies; they think they're good when they're bad. People fools themselves all the time, and they don't know that they're fools -- Salman Rushdie
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The act of migration puts into crisis everything about the migrating individual or group, everything about identity and selfhood and culture and belief. So if this is a novel about migration it must be that act of putting in question. It must perform the crisis it describes. -- Salman Rushdie
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Midnight has many children; the offspring of Independence were not all human. Violence, corruption, poverty, generals, chaos, greed and pepperpot ... I had to go into exile to learn that the children of midnight were more varied that I - even I - had dreamed. -- Salman Rushdie
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If love is a yearning to be like (even to become) the beloved, then hatred, it must be said, can be engendered by the same ambition, when it cannot be fulfilled. -- Salman Rushdie
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During, he looked away from all the strain, all the scratchiness, all the fights that never got going, he closed his eyes and waited until her smile came back. He allowed himself to believe in that smile, that brilliant counterfeit of joy -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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No story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old. -- Salman Rushdie
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I am on Facebook, but mainly as a way to spy on my children. I find out more about them from their Facebook pages than from what they tell me. -- Salman Rushdie
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All over the world great writers were dying young: Italo Calvino, Raymond Carver, and now here was Angela wrestling with the Reaper. A fatwa was not the only way to die. There were older types of death sentence that still worked very well. -- Salman Rushdie
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In my family we've always found the world's air hard to breathe; we arrive hoping for somewhere better. -- Salman Rushdie
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Hyperrealism can create an atmosphere of surrealism because nobody sees the world in such detail. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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We, the living, must find what space we can alongside them; the giant dead whom we cannot tie down, though we grasp at their hair, though we rope them while they sleep -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith. -- Salman Rushdie
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To respect Louis Farrakhan, we must understand, is simply to agree with him ... If dissent is now also to be thought of as a form of 'dissing,' then we have indeed succumbed to the thought police. -- Salman Rushdie
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What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. -- Salman Rushdie
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Out of thin air: a big bang, followed by falling stars. A universal beginning, a miniature echo of the birth of time ... the jumbo jet Bostan, Flight AI-420, blew apart without any warning, high above -- Salman Rushdie
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Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'll drink some wine, and then, like a latter-day Van Winkle, I'll lay me down upon this graven stone, lay my head beneath these letters RIP, and close my eyes, according to our family's old practice of falling asleep in times of trouble, and hope to awaken, renewed and joyful, into a better time. -- Salman Rushdie
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Paul Theroux was sitting in the pew (at Bruce Chatwin's memorial service) behind him. "I suppose we'll be here for you next week, Salman," he said. -- Salman Rushdie
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So Thomas Pynchon wants a private life and no photographs and nobody to know his home address. I can dig it, I can relate to that (but, like, he should try it when it's compulsory instead of a free-choice option). -- Salman Rushdie
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There is no bitterness like that of man who finds out he has been believing in a ghost. -- Salman Rushdie
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Why obliterate the exceptional merely in order to make the outstanding look finer than it was? -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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A figure of speech is a shifty thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'm a novelist. Fortunately I don't have to rule the world. -- Salman Rushdie
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When Don Anastasio Somoza fled the country, he took with him everything he could carry, including all the cash in the national treasury. He even had the bodies of Tacho I and Luis Somoza dug up and they, too, went into exile. No doubt he would have taken the land as well, if he'd known how. -- Salman Rushdie
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I beat my sons in real-life table tennis, but virtually, I get murdered. I download games on the iPhone that I'm addicted to - I'm a master at "Angry Birds." -- Salman Rushdie
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In the movies, the writer is just the servant, the employee. -- Salman Rushdie
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I have been a film buff all my life and believe that the finest cinema is fully the equal of the best novels. -- Salman Rushdie
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The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality. -- Salman Rushdie
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A relationship with an imaginary woman is preferable to a relationship with a real one. -- Salman Rushdie
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In writing 'The Satanic Verses,' I think I was writing for the first time from the whole of myself. The English part, the Indian part. The part of me that loves London, and the part that longs for Bombay. And at my typewriter, alone, I could indulge this. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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To be born again,' sang Gibreal Farishta tumbling from the heaveans, 'first you have to die. Ho ji! Ho ji! To land upon the bosomy earth, first one needs to fly Tat-taa! Takatun! How to ever smile again, if first you won't cry? How to win the darling's love mister, without a sigh? -- Salman Rushdie
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Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive. -- Salman Rushdie
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Repression is a seamless garment; a society which is authoritarian in its social and sexual codes, which crushes its women beneath the intolerable burdens of honour and propriety, breeds repressions of other kinds as well. -- Salman Rushdie
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Anyone who has had the experience of going through American security checks knows the purpose of these checks is not to make you safer; it's just to annoy you. -- Salman Rushdie
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The Republicans were not always insane. They might've had politics I didn't agree with, but they weren't always actually certifiable. -- Salman Rushdie
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The publishing of a book is a worldwide event. The attempt to suppress a book is a worldwide event. -- Salman Rushdie
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At the height of the British Empire very few English novels were written that dealt with British power. It's extraordinary that at the moment in which England was the global superpower the subject of British power appeared not to interest most writers. -- Salman Rushdie
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I don't think people cry reading 'Midnight's Children,' but a lot of people seem to cry watching the movie. -- Salman Rushdie
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What would a respectful political cartoon look like? -- Salman Rushdie
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Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy. -- Salman Rushdie
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Sometimes, people trying to commit suicide manage it in a manner that leaves them breathless with astonishment. -- Salman Rushdie
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Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit. -- Salman Rushdie
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there were three bad mistakes you could make, but if you made only two of the three you could be forgiven. The mistakes were: to be foreign; to be clever; and to be bad at games. -- Salman Rushdie
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To know one man's story you have to swallow the world. -- Salman Rushdie
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He was flying over India now, still making notes. He remembered hearing an Indian politician on TV talking about the British prime minister and being unable to pronounce her name properly. "Mrs. Torture," he kept saying. "Mrs. Margaret Torture." This was unaccountably funny. -- Salman Rushdie
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In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Their true characters were shown not in the war they fought but in the peace they made. -- Salman Rushdie
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Easily found, easily gathered, lives were the small change of this world, and if you lost a few, it didn't matter; there were always more. -- Salman Rushdie
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And so it's interesting to remember that when Mahatma Gandhi, the father of an earlier freedom movement, came to England and was asked what he thought of English civilization, he replied: 'I think it would be a good idea. -- Salman Rushdie
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How do you defeat terrorism? Don't be terrorized. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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When you write, you write out of your best self. Everything else drops away. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you write you in a way write out of what you think of as your best self, the part of you that is lacking in foibles and weaknesses and egotism and vanities and so on. You're just trying to really say something as truthful as you can out of the best that you have in you. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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England in a way is lucky. It's an island, so the frontiers are given by the sea. -- Salman Rushdie
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Rani, too, was perpetuating memories. Harappa the martyr, the demigod, lived on in his daughter's thoughts; but no two sets of memories ever match, even when their subject is the same (...) -- Salman Rushdie
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Everything has shape, if you look for it. There is no escape from form. -- Salman Rushdie
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I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick's wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other. -- Salman Rushdie
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I must finish what I've started, even if, inevitably, what I finish turns out not to be what I began. -- Salman Rushdie
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When I'm writing a book, sentence by sentence, I'm not thinking theoretically. I'm just trying to work out the story from inside the characters I've got. -- Salman Rushdie
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Mahound comes to me for revelation, asking me to choose between monotheist and henotheist alternatives, and I'm just some idiot actor having a bhaenchud nightmare, what the fuck do I know, yaar, what to tell you, help. Help. -- Salman Rushdie
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The human race is a life sentence ... it's a rough confinement, and sometimes we all need to break out of jail. -- Salman Rushdie
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After they stopped torturing him they locked him in the jail cell again and pretended they would forget him ... Then, eventually, and unexpectedly, release. Into ignominy, oblivion, married life. -- Salman Rushdie
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The trouble with the English was that they were English: damn cold fish! - Living underwater most of the year, in days the colour of night! -- Salman Rushdie
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I hate admitting that my enemies have a point. -- Salman Rushdie
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I became a writer because I got addicted to story. The first storyteller in my life was my father. -- Salman Rushdie
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He wished he could have roots spreading under every inch of his lost soil, his beloved lost home, that he could have been part of something, that he could have been himself, walking down the road not taken, living a life in context and not the migrant's hollow journey that had been his fate -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Within minutes, the entire village was in the water, splashing about, falling over, getting up, moving steadily forwards towards the horizon; never looking back to shore ... "come back," he beseeched his wife: "nothing is happening. come back! -- Salman Rushdie
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I never asked him if he screamed, or if there were upside-down mountain peaks visible through a window. -- Salman Rushdie
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Don't you know girls have to fool people every day of their lives if they want to get anywhere? -- Salman Rushdie
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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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I think it's a very important function of art to challenge accepted reality, especially when that reality is created by powerful interest groups. -- Salman Rushdie
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Not all possibilities are open to us. The world is finite; our hopes spill over its rim. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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In the grave I can tell you the truth. I am your own Dunia, but I am also a princess of the jinnias or jiniri. The slits in the world are reopening, so I can come back to see you -- Salman Rushdie
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When people use the term magic realism, usually they only mean 'magic' and they don't hear 'realism', whereas the way in which magic realism actually works is for the magic to be rooted in the real. It's both things. It's not just a fairytale moment. It's the surrealism that arises out of the real. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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It was a rare thing to be granted one's heart's desire. -- Salman Rushdie
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Man is sane only to the extent that he subscribes to a previously-agreed construction of reality. -- Salman Rushdie
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I was very happy in Bombay. I was good at school. There was no reason to change anything. I suppose it must have been some spirit of adventure, of wanting to see the world. -- Salman Rushdie
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From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence. -- Salman Rushdie
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She was my ground, my favorite sound,
my country road, my city street,
my sky above, my only love,
and the ground beneath my feet -- Salman Rushdie
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This is what loss was, what death was: an escape into the luminous wave-forms, into the ineffable speed of the light-years and the parsecs, the eternally receding distances of the cosmos. -- Salman Rushdie
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I've been worrying about God a little bit lately ... It seems like he's been in a bad mood. And I think it has to do with the quality of lovers he's been getting. -- Salman Rushdie
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Madame Bovary and a flying carpet, they are both untrue in the same way. Somebody made them up. -- Salman Rushdie
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Normally when I read, I don't like music playing. -- Salman Rushdie
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She discussed her unhappiness with Mary Pereira, but the ayah only told her that there was no happiness to be gained from "the mens"; they made pickles together as they talked, and Amina stirred her disappointments into a hot lime chutney which never failed to bring tears to the eyes. -- Salman Rushdie
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We strive for heights bit our natures betray us, Chamcha thought; clowns in search of crowns. The bitterness overcame him -- Salman Rushdie
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Why demons, when man himself is a demon?' the Nobel Laureate Singer's 'last demon' asked from his attic in Tishevitz. To which Chamcha's sense of balance, his much-to-be-said-for-and-against reflex, wished to add: 'And why angels, when man is angelic too? -- Salman Rushdie
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Our names contain our fates; living as we do in a place where names have not acquired the meaninglessness of the West, and are still more than mere sounds, we are also the victims of our titles. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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You never know the answers to the questions of life until you are asked. -- Salman Rushdie
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The actor's life offers, on a daily basis, the simulacrum of love; a mask can be satisfied, or at least consoled, by the echo of what it seeks. -- Salman Rushdie
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I don't think there is a need for an entity like God in my life. -- Salman Rushdie
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One of the reasons my name is Rushdie is that my father was an admirer of Ibn Rush'd, the 12th century Arab philosopher known as Averroes in the West. In his time, he was making the non-literalist case for interpreting the Koran. -- Salman Rushdie
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My father decided that he was such a admirer of Ibn Rushd's philosophy, thinking that he changed the family name to Rushdie. I realized why my father was so interested in him, because he was really an incredibly modernizing voice inside our Islamic culture. -- Salman Rushdie
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The new Filipino President's name had become a saucy joke: 'Corazon, aqui, no?' That is: 'Darling, let's do it here, eh?' Or, if the words were stressed differently: 'Corazon, aqui? - No!' -- Salman Rushdie
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If you take a look at history, you will find that the understanding of what is good and evil has always existed before the individual religions. The religions were only invented by people afterwards, in order to express this idea. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you live in the twentieth century you do not find it hard to see yourself in those, more desperate than yourself, who seek to shape it to their will. -- Salman Rushdie
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No doubt much will be said elsewhere by the armies of bigotry and punditry. Let them volley and thunder. I'll speak of bookish things. -- Salman Rushdie
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From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable. -- Salman Rushdie
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O, Need's a funny fish: it makes people untruthful. They all suffer from it, but they will not always admit. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you walk away from God you should probably try to stay in the good books of Luck. -- Salman Rushdie
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The personification of philistine triumphalism -- Salman Rushdie
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When people do the cowardly thing, it's not about respect, it's about fear. -- Salman Rushdie
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Make no mistake- you can change things. Question everything, take nothing for granted; argue with all received ideas, don't respect what does not deserve respect; speak your mind, don't censor yourself; use your imagination and express what it tells you to express. These are the weapons of the mind. -- Salman Rushdie
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In my stolen photographs
for the photographer must be a thief, he must steal instants of other people's time to make his own tiny eternities
it was this intimacy I sought, hte closeness of the living and the dead. -- Salman Rushdie
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It matters, it always matters, to name rubbish as rubbish ... to do otherwise is to legitimize it.
Outside The Whale (Granta, 1984) -- Salman Rushdie
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His mother had survived decades of marriage to his angry, disappointed, alcoholic father by developing what she called a "forgettery" instead of a memory. She woke up every day and forgot the day before. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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I grew up in a family in which there was very little religion. My father wasn't religious at all. But he was really interested in the subject of, you know, the birth and growth of Islam. And he basically transmitted that interest to me. -- Salman Rushdie
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Well, we're still in the middle of it. And it doesn't show any sign of going away. And these attacks that were - that seemed so odd at the time, with "Satanic Verses," because we didn't have any context for this. You know, where did that come from? It seemed to come out of nowhere. -- Salman Rushdie
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What happened in Pakistan was that people were told: You're all Muslim, so now you're a country. As we saw in 1971 with the Bangladesh secession, the answer to that was: 'Oh no, we're not.' -- Salman Rushdie
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So he was a sort of anti-Scheherazade, Dunia told him, the exact opposite of the storyteller of The Thousand Nights and One Night: her stories saved her life, while his put his life in danger. -- Salman Rushdie
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The problem of telling contemporary history is that your message gets outdated. -- Salman Rushdie
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There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don't prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn't prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you've fallen from the sky, been abandoned by your friend, suffered police brutality, metamorphosed into a goat, lost your work as well as your wife, learned the power of hatred and regained human shape, what is there left to do but, as you would no doubt phrase it, demand your rights? -- Salman Rushdie
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What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for? -- Salman Rushdie
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Beware, the light seemed to say, for I come to burn and judge. -- Salman Rushdie
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Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century. -- Salman Rushdie
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Faced with the possibility that evil existed, that pure malevolence had walked into my life and convinced me it was love, faced with the loss of everything I wanted from my life, I fainted. And dreamed dark dreams of blood. -- Salman Rushdie
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I didn't want to become some embittered old hack getting his revenge for the rest of my life. And I didn't want to become some scared creature cowering in a corner. I remember telling myself not to carry the hatred around, although I know where it is. I have it in a trunk in storage. -- Salman Rushdie
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After a winter's gestation in its eggshell of ice, the valley had beaked its way out into the open, moist and yellow. -- Salman Rushdie
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I, however, was raised neither as Catholic nor as Jew. I was both, and nothing: a jewholic-anonymous, a cathjew nut, a stewpot, a mongrel cur. I was
what's the word these days?
atomised. Yessir: a real Bombay mix. -- Salman Rushdie
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In the '50s, listening to Elvis and others on the radio in Bombay - it didn't feel alien. Noises made by a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi, seemed relevant to a middle-class kid growing up on the other side of the world. That has always fascinated me. -- Salman Rushdie
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You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can't take Bombay out of the boy, you know. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Nothing is forever, he thought beyond closed eyelids somewhere over Asia Minor. Maybe unhappiness is the continuum through which a human life moves, and joy just a series of blips, of islands in the stream. Or if not unhappiness, then at least melancholy. -- Salman Rushdie
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There is nothing like a War for the reinvention of lives ... -- Salman Rushdie
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In words and pickles, I have immortalized my memories, although distortions are inevitable in both methods. We must live, I'm afraid, with the shadows of imperfections. -- Salman Rushdie
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If my child had prejudice in his head, I'd be ashamed. I would see it as my failure as a parent. -- Salman Rushdie
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The West should be tougher on Pakistan. It is trying to play both ends against the middle - to look like the friend of the revolutionaries on the one hand and a friend of the West in the fight against terrorism. It can't be both things. -- Salman Rushdie
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( ... ) but no, ends must not be permitted to precede beginnings and middles, even if recent scientific experiments have shown us that within certain types of closed systems, under intense pressure, time can be persuaded to run backwards, so that effects precede their causes. -- Salman Rushdie
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I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in. -- Salman Rushdie
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I always thought the front line was the bookstores. And bookstores around America, around the world did astonishingly well. They held the line. They didn't chicken out. You know, they defended the book. They kept it in the front of the store. -- Salman Rushdie
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Don't ask who planted the bomb; in those days there were many such planters, many gardeners of violence. -- Salman Rushdie
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Freedom to reject is the only freedom. -- Salman Rushdie
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He would dream of discovering a magic optometrist from whom he would purchase a pair of green-tinged spectacles which would correct his regrettable myopia, and after that he would be able to see through the dense, blinding air to the fabulous world beneath. -- Salman Rushdie
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Ormus liked to compose his own songs up on the flat roof of the apartment block, and spent eternities up there, lost within himself, searching for the points at which his inner life intersected the life of the greater world outside, and calling those points of intersection songs. -- Salman Rushdie
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A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. -- Salman Rushdie
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But the jungle, like all refuges, was entirely other - was both less and more - than he had expected. -- Salman Rushdie
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He remembered the old Chinese proverb, sometimes ascribed to Confucius: If you sit by the river for long enough, the body of your enemy will float by. -- Salman Rushdie
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If by some bizarre chance there turns out to be a god [ ... ], I'm willing to bet he's an atheist too. -- Salman Rushdie
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We are the creature that tells itself stories to understand what sort of creature it is. -- Salman Rushdie
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Somewhere in the existing software there was a bug, a potentially lethal flaw. Nothing less than the unselfing of the self would do. If he could cleanse the whole machine, then maybe the bug, too, would end up in the trash. After that, he could perhaps begin to construct a new man. -- Salman Rushdie
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Fifteen years old! Okay, okay. In our part of the world that's not so young. -- Salman Rushdie
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History is unkind to those it abandons, and can be equally unkind to those who make it. -- Salman Rushdie
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For many people, I've ceased to be a human being. I've become an issue, a bother, an "affair" ... And has it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can't recognize religious persecution when you see it? -- Salman Rushdie
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One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don't like the glare of negative publicity. -- Salman Rushdie
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Self-censorship is a lie to yourself; if you are going to be trying to seriously create art, to create literary art, and you decide to hold back, to censor yourself, then you are a fool to yourself and it would be better that you kept your mouth shut and did not speak. -- Salman Rushdie
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I don't think I've ever quite grown out of it, actually. There was a point where I could recite some of those Elvish verses - which I've mercifully forgotten. But I can still, if really pushed, recite the text of the inside of the ruling ring in the language of Mordor. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it. -- Salman Rushdie
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British society has never been cleansed of the filth of imperialism. -- Salman Rushdie
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Whenever I write something, I always want to make sure that what I write is defensible. -- Salman Rushdie
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Children like being a little scared, but they don't want to be disturbed. -- Salman Rushdie
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From 'The Suicide', a play by the Russian writer Nikolai Erdman: 'Only the dead can say what the living are thinking. -- Salman Rushdie
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It has been observed that all Americans need a frontier: pain was hers, and she was determined to push it out. -- Salman Rushdie
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This is known, and what is not known does not undermine it. This is the scientific way. To be open about the limits of one's knowledge increases public confidence in what one says is known. -- Salman Rushdie
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Perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque. -- Salman Rushdie
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For an instant, silence, noisier than a waterfall. -- Salman Rushdie
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Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true. -- Salman Rushdie
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A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you have city eyes you cannot see the invisible people, the men with elephantiasis of the balls and the beggars in boxcars don't impinge on you, and the concrete sections of future drainpipes don't look like dormitories. -- Salman Rushdie
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Impossible stories, stories with No Entry signs on them, change our lives, and our minds, as often as the authorized versions, the stories we are expected to trust, upon which we are asked, or told, to build our judgements, and our lives. -- Salman Rushdie
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The key to writing is concentration, not inspiration. It requires deep attention to your characters, to the world they live in, and to the story you have to tell. -- Salman Rushdie
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Only the foolish, blinded by language's conventions, think of fire as red or gold. Fire is blue at it's melancholy rim, green in it's envious heart. It may burn white, or even, in it's greatest rages, black. -- Salman Rushdie
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I don't know what to say about literary critics. I think it's probably best to say nothing. -- Salman Rushdie
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Make as much racket as you like people. Noise is life and an excess of noise is a sign that life is good. There will be time for us all to be quiet when we are safely dead. -- Salman Rushdie
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Something was badly amiss with the spiritual life of the planet ... Too many demons inside people claiming to believe in God. -- Salman Rushdie
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And - as is perhaps the universal custom of aristocratically bred persons - they reacted to the news of their ruin by resolving to throw a party. -- Salman Rushdie
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He perceived that this memory-jumbled rag-bag of material was in fact the very heart of her, her self-portrait, the way she looked in the mirror when nobody else was in the room ... -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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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
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Memory is a way of telling you what's important to you. -- Salman Rushdie
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She climbed on the kitchen table and when he declined to join her she stamped out a pouting solo piece containing equal parts of petulance and release. -- Salman Rushdie
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People tend to focus on the "magic" more than the "realism." But, like all fiction, fantasy arrives at truth via the road of untruth. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up. -- Salman Rushdie
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How young he was when he made the surprisingly adult resolution to escape from the unpalatable reality of dreams into the slightly more acceptable illusions of his everyday, walking life! -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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This paranoid Islam, which blames outsider, 'infidels', for all the ills of Muslim societies, and whose proposed remedy is the closing of those societies to the rival project of modernity, is presently the fastest growing version of Islam in the world. -- Salman Rushdie
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Forget the soul. No such ghost in the machine. What happens to our mind befalls our body also. The condition of the body is also the state of the mind. -- Salman Rushdie
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Writers have an opinion about the world and offer arguments about the world. They should offer contemplation. -- Salman Rushdie
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Trouble in a marriage," he later wrote, "is like monsoon water accumulating on a flat roof. You don't realize it's up there, but it gets heavier and heavier, until one day, with a great crash, the whole roof falls in on your head. -- Salman Rushdie
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He returned to Cambridge feeling, at the ripe old age of twenty, that life was passing him by. -- Salman Rushdie
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Family history, of course, has its proper dietary laws. One is supposed to swallow and digest only the permitted parts of it, the halal portions of the past, drained of their redness, their blood. Unfortunately, this makes the stories less juicy ... -- Salman Rushdie
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If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you throw everything up in the air anything becomes possible. -- Salman Rushdie
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A man who catches History's eye is thereafter bound to a mistress from whom he will never escape. -- Salman Rushdie
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Instead of making myself write the book I ought to write, the novel that was expected of me, I conjured up the book I myself would have liked to read, the sort by an unknown writer, from another age and another country, discovered in an attic. ITALO CALVINO -- Salman Rushdie
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In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you are writing a book, it feels as if you are simply concentrating on the world of the book and that whatever is happening in your personal life is outside the room, as it were. But maybe that's just the way you have to talk to yourself to make it possible. -- Salman Rushdie
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It was curious that so avowedly godless a person should keep trying to write about faith. -- Salman Rushdie
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Shah Ismail had fallen victim to the rarely used, great Uzbek anti-Shiite potato and sturgeon curse, which required quantities of potatoes and caviar which were not easy to amass, and a unity of purpose among the Sunni witches which was likewise difficult to achieve. -- Salman Rushdie
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Sometimes it's just over and you can't make it all right. Justification by works: an overrated idea. -- Salman Rushdie
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'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller and uglier: an insult. -- Salman Rushdie
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My mother's pregnancy, it seems, was fated; my birth, however, owed a good deal to accident. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you're offended, it's your problem. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you were standing next to the prophet on the mountain, would you have seen the archangel? And my answer to that was probably not, even though it's supposed to be a really big archangel. He describes it as - the Archangel Gabriel as standing on the horizon and filling the sky. That's a big angel. -- Salman Rushdie
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In the home of this music, alas, religious fanatics have lately started killing the musicians. They think the music is an insult to god, who gave us voices but does not wish us to sing, who gave us free will, rai, but prefers us not to be free. -- Salman Rushdie
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Laila Lalami has fashioned an absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Native Americans, a frightening, brutal, and much-falsified history that here, in her brilliantly imagined fiction, is rewritten to give us something that feels very like the truth. -- Salman Rushdie
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Life is lived forward but is judged in reverse. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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When you pray for what you most want in the world, its opposite comes along with it. I was given a woman whom I truly loved and who truly loved me. The opposite side of such a love is the pain of its loss. I can only feel such pain today because until yesterday I knew that love. -- Salman Rushdie
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Rock n' roll was a kid when I was a kid. -- Salman Rushdie
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but something was given in exchange for what was lost -- Salman Rushdie
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The world is always terrible. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Can honor be expected of a man who is preparing to storm the city of his birth? -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Our lives disconnect and reconnect, we move on, and later we may again touch one another, again bounce away. This is the felt shape of a human life, neither simply linear nor wholly disjunctive nor endlessly bifurcating, but rather this bouncey-castle sequence of bumpings-into and tumblings-apart. -- Salman Rushdie
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When I was writing 'The Satanic Verses,' if you had asked me about the phenomenon that we all now know as radical Islam, I wouldn't have had much to say. As recently as the mid-1980s, it didn't seem to be a big deal. -- Salman Rushdie
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One either loves, or waits for love, or banishes love for good. That is the full range of possible choices. -- Salman Rushdie
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Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms. -- Salman Rushdie
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I learned: the first lesson of my life: nobody can face the world with his eyes open all the time. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Unhappy endings might seem more realistic than happy ones, but reality often contained a streak of fantasy that realism lacked. -- Salman Rushdie
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All true believers have good reasons for disbelieving in every god except their own,' said Birbal, 'and so it is they who, between them, give me all the reasons for believing in none. -- Salman Rushdie
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It's obvious that I come down on the side of free speech for anybody's work. -- Salman Rushdie
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[H]as it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can't recognize religious persecution when you see it?
[1,000 Days 'Trapped Inside a Metaphor' (Columbia University / The New York Times, December 12, 1991)] -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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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
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Keep away from her, said Ameer Merchant, but once the inexorable dynamic of the mythic has been set in motion, you might as well try and keep bees from honey, crooks from money, politicians from babies, philosophers from maybes. Vina had her hooks in me, and the consequence was the story of my life. -- Salman Rushdie
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I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important. -- Salman Rushdie
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They lived in a great city, a metropolis of many narratives that converged briefly and then separated for ever, discovering their different dooms in that crowd of stories through which all of us, following our own destinies, had to push and shove to find our way through, or out. -- Salman Rushdie
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Once you have been in an earthquake you know, even if you survive without a scratch, that like a stroke in the heart, it remains in the earth's breast, horribly potential, always promising to return, to hit you again, with an even more devastating force. -- Salman Rushdie
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Yes, bitterness; cynicism. it was a wonderful thing I did. deeper truth, bringing you the devil. yes, that sounds like me -- Salman Rushdie
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In spite of all evidence that life is discontinuous, a valley of rifts, and that random chance plays a great part in our fates, we go on believing in the continuity of things, in causation and meaning. But we live on a broken mirror, and fresh cracks appear in its surface every day. -- Salman Rushdie
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Dissensions between Muslim nations run at least as deep, if not deeper, than those nations' resentment of the West. -- Salman Rushdie
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I think, in a written novel, the way in which you play with the readers' emotion or the way in which you engage the readers' emotions can be very indirect. You could come at it through irony or comedy, etcetera, and you could capture people's sympathies and feelings kind of by stealth if you like. -- Salman Rushdie
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It's so disappointing, to put it mildly, that people know so much about my life. Because it means that they're always trying to look at my books in terms of my life. -- Salman Rushdie
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The gamble of literature is that I make the best work I can; the most truthful, the most representative of how I see things. I try and do that, and then I put it out there and say to you, 'What do you think?' I hope that you think well of it, obviously. -- Salman Rushdie
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If you look at Indian movies, every time they wanted an exotic locale, they would have a dance number in Kashmir. Kashmir was India's fairyland. Indians went there because in a hot country you go to a cold place. People would be entranced by the sight of snow. -- Salman Rushdie
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My heart broke open and history fell in. -- Salman Rushdie
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An eighteen-year age gap had turned out to be a good place to dump most of the problems that can sometimes crop up between brothers, -- Salman Rushdie
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Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull. -- Salman Rushdie
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It was on the Wednesday after the great storm that Mr. Geronimo first noticed that his feet no longer touched the ground. -- Salman Rushdie
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It is commonly and, I believe, accurately said of Pakistan that her women are much more impressive than her men. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Language upon a silvered tongue affords enchantment enough. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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During the great storm the lightning strikes multiplied in frequency and ferocity. It seemed like a new kind of lightning, not just electrical but eschatological. -- Salman Rushdie
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Happy endings must come at the end of something,' the Walrus pointed out. 'If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for awhile. -- Salman Rushdie
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They are the Eggheads. He is the Walrus. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Her thoughts, loosen by solitude, often burst these days through her unconscious lips; and often contradict one another ( ... ) -- Salman Rushdie
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When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, it was an accident, but when she stepped through the looking glass, it was of her own free will, and a braver deed by far. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Acting was always my unscratched itch, when I was in college and even afterwards. -- Salman Rushdie
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Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence. -- Salman Rushdie
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Fundamentalists of all faiths are the fundamental evil of our time. -- Salman Rushdie
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I have to say that after some initial resistance, I'm now a complete 'Game of Thrones' addict. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'm not saying I am never going to fall in love again, but there is no need to marry. -- Salman Rushdie
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People are always telling me that they've seen people reading my books on the subway, or the beach, or whenever. -- Salman Rushdie
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Actually, I don't even like parties. I would much prefer a room with four friends who sit around and have dinner. I detest nightclubs. And I don't like places where the noise is so loud you can't talk to people. -- Salman Rushdie
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The glamour of being forbidden must not be underestimated. -- Salman Rushdie
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What happens when you win?
When your enemies are at your mercy: how will you act then? Compromise is the temptation of the weak; this is the test for the strong. -- Salman Rushdie
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I've always thought that one of the things that the Internet and the gaming world permits as a narrative technique is to not tell the story from beginning to end - to tell stories sideways, to give alternative possibilities that the reader can, in a way, choose between. -- Salman Rushdie
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You start at the stupid end of the book, and if you're lucky you finish at the smart end. -- Salman Rushdie
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When they saw the host of chameleon butterflies and the way they both clothed the girl Ayesha and provided her with her only solid food, these visitors were amazed, and retreated with confounded expectations, that is to say with a hole in their pictures of the world that they could not paper over. -- Salman Rushdie
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The First Amendment defends all forms of speech including hate speech, which is why groups like Ku Klux Klan are allowed to utter their poisonous remarks. -- Salman Rushdie
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When we stop believing in the gods we can start believing in their stories. -- Salman Rushdie
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But if a peacock dances in the jungle, there is nobody to see its tail. -- Salman Rushdie
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Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. -- Salman Rushdie
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Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You'd have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain. -- Salman Rushdie
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If he believed in souls he would have said she had a good one. -- Salman Rushdie
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( ... ) unkept secrets always manage to escape, under a door, through a keyhole or an open window, until everyon knows everything and nobody knows how ... ( ... ) -- Salman Rushdie
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Peace broke out. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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We cannot allow religious hooligans to place limiting points on thought. -- Salman Rushdie
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Honesty is not the best policy in life. Only, perhaps, in art. -- Salman Rushdie
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Friendships are the family we make - not the one we inherit. I've always been someone to whom friendship, elective affinities, is as important as family. -- Salman Rushdie
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You want all your books to stick around after you've gone. -- Salman Rushdie
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Reality can have metaphorical content; that does not make it less real. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Between the self and the other, between the visionary and the psychopath, between the lover and his love, between the overworld and the underworld, falls the Shadow. -- Salman Rushdie
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In television, the 60-minute series, 'The Wire' and 'Mad Men' and so on, the writer is the primary creative artist. -- Salman Rushdie
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They were deeply in love, which beats earplugs. -- Salman Rushdie
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Fury ... sexual, Oedipal, political, magical, brutal ... drives us to our finest heights and coarsest depths -- Salman Rushdie
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I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come. -- Salman Rushdie
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Realism can break a writer's heart. -- Salman Rushdie
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Most American writers don't get asked their opinion on current affairs, whereas in Europe and England, we still do. There are writers here who are the most sophisticated commentators, but they're not asked. Like Don DeLillo, who sort of forecast most of the modern world before it happened. -- Salman Rushdie
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Religion was the glue of Pakistan, holding the halves together; just as consciousness, the awareness of oneself as a homogenous entity in time, a blend of past and present, is the glue of personality, holding together our then and our now. -- Salman Rushdie
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Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, power to retell it, to rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless. -- Salman Rushdie
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So the film was a kind of lie, because by existing it said: 'Observe the lengths we'll go to for your security. We'll even make you a movie about it.' Style instead of substance, the image instead of the reality -- Salman Rushdie
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A sigh isn't just a sigh. We inhale the world and breathe out meaning. While we can. While we can. -- Salman Rushdie
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The response of anybody interested in liberty is that we all have a say and the ability to have an argument is exactly what liberty is, even though it may never be resolved. In any authoritarian society the possessor of power dictates, and if you try and step outside he will come after you. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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I discovered that if you find the language to talk to younger readers, children can accept anything. -- Salman Rushdie
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Doris Lessing really doesn't care what the critics say. In fact, she orders her publishers not to send her the reviews and gets cross with them if they do because she doesn't want that in her head. She's going where she's going, and that's where she wants to go. -- Salman Rushdie
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Thomas Pynchon looks exactly like Thomas Pynchon should look. He is tall, he wears lumberjack shirts and blue jeans. He has Albert Einstein white hair and Bugs Bunny front teeth. -- Salman Rushdie
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Discovery is fun. I am incredibly open to everything. -- Salman Rushdie
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You can lay your strategies as carefully as you like, but women will undo them at a stroke. -- Salman Rushdie
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Boys," I mutter tolerantly across the years to Saleem-at-twenty-four, "will be boys. -- Salman Rushdie
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Burn the books and trust the Book; shred the papers and hear the Word. -- Salman Rushdie
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The fact of being alive compensated for what life did to one. -- Salman Rushdie
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What grows best in the heat: fantasy; unreason; lust. -- Salman Rushdie
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( ... ) every story one chooses to tell is a kind of censorship, it prevents the telling of other tales ( ... ) -- Salman Rushdie
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Half-Christian, half-Jewish, a 'cathjew nut', -- Salman Rushdie
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My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day. -- Salman Rushdie
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Is history to be considered the property of the participants only? -- Salman Rushdie
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Be so good as to cease to cast yourself in fictions. Pinch yourself, or slap yourself across the face if that's what it takes, but understand, please, that you are nonfictional, and this is real life. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Then how unconfident of Itself this Deity was, Who didn't want Its finest creations to know right from wrong; and Who reigned by terror, insisting upon the unqualified submission of even Its closest associates, packing off all dissidents to Its blazing Siberias, the gulag-infernos of Hell ... -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Sometimes great, banned works defy the censor's description and impose themselves on the world - 'Ulysses,' 'Lolita,' the 'Arabian Nights.' -- Salman Rushdie
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The worst, most insidious effect of censorship is that, in the end, it can deaden the imagination of the people. Where there is no debate, it is hard to go on remembering, every day, that there is a suppressed side to every argument. -- Salman Rushdie
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It's fun to read things when you don't know all the words. Even children love it ... they come up against weird words, and the weird words excite them. -- Salman Rushdie
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Mourn for the living, the dead have got their camphor gardens. -- Salman Rushdie
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A race that rejected the idea of personal sacrifice would surely be erased from time's records before long. -- Salman Rushdie
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There is no alternative to the peaceful coexistence of cultures. -- Salman Rushdie
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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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Liberate yourself, because no one else is going to liberate you -- Salman Rushdie
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With death comes honesty. -- Salman Rushdie
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When he was young, he told her, each phase of his life, each self he tried on, had seemed reassuringly temporary. Its imperfections didn't matter, because he could easily replace one moment by the next, one Saladin by another. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Vow," he cried, reeling. "It isn't bad enough being a brown dude in America, you're telling me I'm half fucking goblin as well. -- Salman Rushdie
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Some migrants are happy to depart. -- Salman Rushdie
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Human life was rarely shapely, only intermittently meaningful, its clumsiness the inevitable consequence of the victory of content over form, of what and when over how and why. -- Salman Rushdie
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I don't like books that seem to want to teach me things. Which is not to say that one doesn't learn from books - but you do your own learning in your own way. -- Salman Rushdie
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Sometimes we feel we straddle two cultures; at other times, that we fall between two stools. -- Salman Rushdie
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Which she had spent long and happy hours releasing from their shells, with crazy dedication, because the shelling of pine-kernels is a form of lunacy, you spend more energy getting the damn things out than they give you when you eat. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Children are the vessels into which adults pour their poison. -- Salman Rushdie
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I am certainly not a good Muslim. But I am able now to say that I am Muslim; in fact it is a source of happiness to say that I am now inside, and a part of the community whose values have always been closest to my heart. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Once you get that instinct for the fictiveness, the fictionality of fiction, it kind of sets you free. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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The children of the hour of darkness were born, I'm afraid, in the midst of the age of darkness; so that although we found it easy to be brilliant, we were always confused about being good. -- Salman Rushdie
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No, I don't think it's fair to label Islam 'violent.' But I will say that to my knowledge, no writer has ever gone into hiding for criticizing the Amish. -- Salman Rushdie
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People would come and threaten them. And they would respond by putting the book in the window. Behind that, the publishers, many of whom were menaced and receiving anonymous phone calls of the very menacing kind and so, almost everybody - not everybody, but almost everybody held the line. -- Salman Rushdie
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Home has become such a scattered, damaged, various concept in our present travails. There is so much to yearn for. There are so few rainbows any more. -- Salman Rushdie
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Do not start me on The Da Vinci Code ... a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name.
(Discussion at Woodruff Auditorium in Lawrence, KS; October 7, 2005.) -- Salman Rushdie
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You can get anywhere in Pakistan if you know people, even into jail. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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The process of revision should be constant and endless -- Salman Rushdie
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The future, even when it was only a question-shrouded glimmer, would not be eclipsed by the past; even when death moved towards the centre of the stage, life went on fighting for equal rights. -- Salman Rushdie
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The rich are obscure to us, finding ways to be unhappy when all the normal causes of unhappiness are removed. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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What I found interesting writing a screenplay as opposed to writing a novel is not the obvious thing, which is having to pare everything down and find the kind of essence, the skeleton if you like, which can then be fleshed out by performance and cinematography. -- Salman Rushdie
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I've been fascinated by Machiavelli since I was very young. I've always felt that he had a bad rap from history, and that he was actually a person quite unlike what we now think of as Machiavellian. He was a republican. He disliked totalitarian government. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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A poet's work ... to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep. -- Salman Rushdie
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Beware! the tower said. You are entering the realm of the Elephant King, a sovereign so rich in pachyderms that he can waste the gnashers of a thousand of the beasts just to decorate me. -- Salman Rushdie
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They feared her [the dream beloved], knowing that, being impossible, she was irresistable, and that was why the king loved her best. -- Salman Rushdie
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All names mean something. -- Salman Rushdie
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The ancient wisdoms are modern nonsenses. Live in your own time, use what we know, and as you grow up, perhaps the human race will finally grow up with you and put aside childish things. -- Salman Rushdie
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Your health was what you had until the day you didn't have it and after that day you were screwed and it was better not to let doctors screw you before that day came. -- Salman Rushdie
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Fortunately for Luka, he lived in an age in which an almost infinite number of parallel realities had begun to be sold as toys. -- Salman Rushdie
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I fell victim to the temptation of every autobiographer, to the illusion that since the past exists only in one's memories and the words which strive vainly to encapsulate them, it is possible to create past events simply by saying they occurred. -- Salman Rushdie
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I am gagged and imprisoned. I can't even speak. I want to kick a football in a park with my son. Ordinary, banal life: my impossible dream. -- Salman Rushdie
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At sixteen, you still think you can escape from your father. You aren't listening to his voice speaking through your mouth, you don't see how your gestures already mirror his; you don't see him in the way you hold your body, in the way you sign your name. You don't hear his whisper in your blood. -- Salman Rushdie
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We have come to think of taking offence as a fundamental right. We value very little more highly than our rage, which gives us, in our opinion, the moral high ground. From this high ground we can shoot down at our enemies and inflict heavy fatalities. -- Salman Rushdie
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In Iran, fundamentalism was fuelled to an extent by the regime of the Shah being supported by the West. -- Salman Rushdie
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This is how religions shore up dictators; by encircling them with words of power, words which the people are reluctant to see discredited, disenfranchised, mocked. -- Salman Rushdie
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Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too. -- Salman Rushdie
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Then a strange moment came, a moment of the kind that determines the fate of nations, because when a crowd loses its fear of an army the world changes. -- Salman Rushdie
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My love for Dan Brown knows no bounds. It literally has no mass. -- Salman Rushdie
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Life again refused to remain lifesized -- Salman Rushdie
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Because silence, too, has an echo, hollower and longer-lasting than the reverberations of any sound. -- Salman Rushdie
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It feels as if half your life is a sort of struggle toward the sunlight. Then you get five minutes in the sun and after that you're dragged down into the darkness again -- Salman Rushdie
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Fear was stronger than ethics, stronger than judgement, stronger than responsibility, stronger than civilisation. Fear was a bolting animal trampling children underfoot as it fled from itself. Fear was a bigot, a tyrant, a coward, a red mist, a whore. Fear was a bullet pointed at his heart. -- Salman Rushdie
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The world is not ideas, rich kid, the world is things. If you have things, you have time to dream, if you don't ... You'll fight. -- Salman Rushdie
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I've never rejected the world I came from. To be rejected by it is horrible. -- Salman Rushdie
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A little bird whispers in my ear: Be fair! Nobody, no country, has a monopoly of untruth. -- Salman Rushdie
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Free societies ... are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence. -- Salman Rushdie
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One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting. -- Salman Rushdie
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Human beings do not perceive things whole; we are not gods but wounded creatures, cracked lenses, capable only of fractured perceptions -- Salman Rushdie
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He met her on 26 December 1969, five days before the end of the sixties, when he was twenty-two and she was twenty-one. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Being God's postman is no fun, yar.
Butbutbut: God isn't in this picture.
God knows whose postman I've been. -- Salman Rushdie
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Until you know who you are you can't write. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Hell is other people's fantasies ... -- Salman Rushdie
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Fact is,' he said without any of his usual bonhomie, 'religious fafaith, which encodes the highest ass ass aspirations of human race, is now, in our cocountry, the servant of lowest instincts, and gogo God is the creature of evil. -- Salman Rushdie
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Question: What is the opposite of faith?

Not disbelief. Too final, certain, closed. Itself is a kind of belief.

Doubt. -- Salman Rushdie
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Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu:
All our dream-worlds may come true.
Fairy lands are fearsome too.
As I wander far from view
Read, and bring me home to you. -- Salman Rushdie
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History could claw upward as well as down. The powerful could be deafened by the cries of the poor. -- Salman Rushdie
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The great are eternally at the mercy of tiny men. And also, tiny madwomen. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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say: maybe not in these words; maybe not in words at all, but in the purer language of thought; but yes, certainly, this is what was at the bottom of it all; because children are the vessels into which adults pour their poison, and it was the poison of grown-ups which did for us. -- Salman Rushdie
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Among the great struggles of man-good/evil, reason/unreason, etc.-there is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots and the mirage of the journey. -- Salman Rushdie
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Nobody can judge an internal injury by the size of the superficial wound. -- Salman Rushdie
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A man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him ... Not only the need to be believed in, but the need to believe in another. You've got it: Love. -- Salman Rushdie
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Religion, a medieval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. -- Salman Rushdie
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To be imprisoned by the need to be loved was to be sealed in a cell in which one experienced an interminable torment and from which there was no escape. -- Salman Rushdie
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Literature's view of human nature encouraged understanding, sympathy, and identification with people not like oneself, but the world was pushing everyone in the opposite direction, toward narrowness, -- Salman Rushdie
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Did you know, ji,' Zulu offered, 'that the map of Tolkien's Middle earth fits quite well over central England and Wales? Maybe all fairylands are right here, in our midst. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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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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Pandora, possessed by the unleashed contents of her box. -- Salman Rushdie
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The point is always reached after which the gods no longer share their lives with mortal men and women, they die or wither away or retire ... Now that they've gone, the high drama's over. What remains is ordinary human life. -- Salman Rushdie
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I am not in the business of suppressing books. -- Salman Rushdie
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Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear. -- Salman Rushdie
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My grandmother was very fierce and gruff. She was quite small, but she was very wide. -- Salman Rushdie
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I allowed myself the supernatural, the transcendent, because, I told myself, our love of metaphor is pre-religious, born of our need to express what is inexpressible, our dreams of otherness, of more. -- Salman Rushdie
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Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic. -- Salman Rushdie
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To live in Metropolis was to know that the exceptional was as commonplace as diet soda, that abnormality was the popcorn norm. -- Salman Rushdie
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English, no longer, an English language, now grows from many roots. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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You be respectable, sister," she said, "Me, I'll be alive. -- Salman Rushdie
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One of the things I've thought about 'Midnight's Children' is that it is a novel which puts a Muslim family at the centre of the Indian experience. -- Salman Rushdie
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Two things form the bedrock of any open society - freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don't have those things, you don't have a free country. -- Salman Rushdie
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I'm a world expert on superhero comics. I think maybe only Michael Chabon knows more than me. -- Salman Rushdie
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When you know what you're against you have taken the first step to discovering what you're for. -- Salman Rushdie
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Get thee behind me, Satan. Seek not come between a lover and his love. -- Salman Rushdie
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We can best understand the nature of this culture if we say that it found its truest mirror in a corpse -- Salman Rushdie
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I seem to have fallen for women with missing parents. Goodness knows what it signifies. -- Salman Rushdie
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The self was both its origins and its journey. -- Salman Rushdie
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Montgomery Clift in I Confess? -- Salman Rushdie
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A simple dream, set in a city park, along an avenue of mature elms, whose overarching branches turned the avenue into a green tunnel into which the sky and the sunlight were dripping, here and there, through the perfect imperfections in the canopy of leaves. -- Salman Rushdie
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If Turkey wants to join Europe, it will have to become a European country, and that might take a long time. -- Salman Rushdie
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Women have made me; and also unmade. -- Salman Rushdie
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Because I've always felt, whether the fatwa or whatever, the writer's great weapon is the truth and integrity of his voice. And as long as what you're saying is what you truly, honestly believe to be the case, then whatever the consequences, that's fine. That's an honorable position. -- Salman Rushdie
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I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture. -- Salman Rushdie
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Few topographical boundaries can rival the frontiers of the mind. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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But love is what we want, not freedom. Who then is the unluckier man? The beloved, who is given his heart's desire and must for ever after fear its loss, or the free man, with his unlooked-for liberty, naked and alone between the captive armies of the earth? -- Salman Rushdie
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I did a lot of student acting when I was young. -- Salman Rushdie
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The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Without water we are nothing", the traveler thought. "Even an emperor, denied water, would swiftly turn to dust. Water is the real monarch and we are all its slaves. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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Solid ground beneath his feet, dirt under his fingernails, the husbandry of growing things, bulbs and roots, seeds and shoots, this had been his world. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable. -- Salman Rushdie
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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
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There is no magic on earth strong enough to wipe out the legacies of one's parents. -- Salman Rushdie
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There are two things in Indian history - one is the incredible optimism and potential of the place, and the other is the betrayal of that potential - for example, corruption. Those two strands intertwine through the whole of Indian history, and maybe not just Indian history. -- Salman Rushdie