67 Total Quotes

Salman Rushdie Quotes

Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
Salman Rushdie
#Indian Novelist #Politicians

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms
Salman Rushdie
#Conservative

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

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist
Salman Rushdie
#Expression

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
Salman Rushdie
#Indian Novelist

[He was also] the most tolerant, open-minded, intellectually generous, nonjudgmental adult that I ever met as a child, ... the spirit of my grandfather came to infuse the spirit of the place.
Salman Rushdie
#Adults

Meanwhile, it seems, the world is suffering from compassion fatigue,
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#Compassion

Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
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#Literature

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
#Writers And Writing #Change

The only privilege literature deserves - and this privilege it requires in order to exist - is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.
Salman Rushdie
#Literature

I've been gradually reclaiming all kinds of freedoms over these years..,
Salman Rushdie
#Freedom Of Speech

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
Salman Rushdie
#Indian Novelist

Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.
Salman Rushdie
#People #Writers And Writing

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

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
Salman Rushdie
#Indian Novelist #Absence

antediluvian, who think of homosexuality as ungodly, who have little time for real freedom of expression, who routinely express anti-Semitic views, and who, in the case of the Muslim Diaspora, are -- it has to be said -- in many ways at odds with the cultures among which they live.
Salman Rushdie
#Expression

It was because it was easier to blame me, ... You know, 'Why is he rocking the boat?' In those days there was a lot of that stuff. He was asking for it. He did it on purpose. He was begging for it. It was just conventional blaming-the-victim stuff. I don't like the term 'victim' when applied to myself. Certainly I felt the guilt burden had shifted from the people doing the violence to the person on the receiving end of the violence.
Salman Rushdie
#Blame

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
#Language

I have a deep feeling for Kashmir, and I just had to write this book, ... [But] it's very hard to write about real events. It becomes unbearable. The challenge in writing this book was: how do you write about these things bearably without sweetening the pill?
Salman Rushdie
#Books And Reading

Both are responsible. But I know when I write a book it's my name on the book, so I stand or fall by what I sign. And so must she.
Salman Rushdie
#Books And Reading

Always do something impossible right at the beginning of the show?. Swallow a sword, tie yourself in a knot, defy gravity. Do what the audience knows it could never do no matter how hard it tries. After that you'll have them eating out of your hand.
Salman Rushdie
#Audience

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
#Freedom #Fiction

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
Salman Rushdie
#Power #Indian Novelist