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Salman Rushdie quotes: If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise. If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century. Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Anything you want to be, you can be:You can be just what-all you want. Anything you want to be, you can be:
You can be just what-all you want.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say. Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Sometimes when you finish a book, you don't know quite what you've got. Sometimes when you finish a book, you don't know quite what you've got.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Believe in your own eyes and you'll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess. Believe in your own eyes and you'll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess.
Salman Rushdie quotes: If you want pay, then just be gay. If you want pay, then just be gay.
Salman Rushdie quotes: But what, after all, can a baby do except swallow all of it and hope to make sense of it later? But what, after all, can a baby do except swallow all of it and hope to make sense of it later?
Salman Rushdie quotes: If by some bizarre chance there turns out to be a god [ ... ], I'm willing to bet he's an atheist too. If by some bizarre chance there turns out to be a god [ ... ], I'm willing to bet he's an atheist too.
Salman Rushdie quotes: We are the storytelling animal. We are the storytelling animal.
Salman Rushdie quotes: If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now. If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Everything is relative, one man's absolute belief is another man's fairy tale; Everything is relative, one man's absolute belief is another man's fairy tale;
Salman Rushdie quotes: One minute you've got a lucky star watching over you and the next instant it's done a bunk. One minute you've got a lucky star watching over you and the next instant it's done a bunk.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence. Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.
Salman Rushdie quotes: I'm no friend of Tony Blair's and I consider the Middle East policies of the United States and the UK fatal. I'm no friend of Tony Blair's and I consider the Middle East policies of the United States and the UK fatal.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin. Perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.
Salman Rushdie quotes: A live dog is better than a dead lion, but death is preferable to poverty. A live dog is better than a dead lion, but death is preferable to poverty.
Salman Rushdie quotes: From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence. From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality. The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The world is a very abnormal place. The world is a very abnormal place.
Salman Rushdie quotes: American literature has always been immigrant. American literature has always been immigrant.
Salman Rushdie quotes: A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.
Salman Rushdie quotes: 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. 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 quotes: India is my kid sister. India is my kid sister.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The West sees Iran as an important force in the gulf. The West sees Iran as an important force in the gulf.
Salman Rushdie quotes: You be respectable, sister," she said, "Me, I'll be alive. You be respectable, sister," she said, "Me, I'll be alive.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Most interesting things in our lives happens in our absence Most interesting things in our lives happens in our absence
Salman Rushdie quotes: The only people who see the whole picture,' he murmured, 'are the ones who step out of the frame. The only people who see the whole picture,' he murmured, 'are the ones who step out of the frame.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Being God's postman is no fun, yar.Butbutbut: God isn't in this picture. God knows whose postman I've been. Being God's postman is no fun, yar.
Butbutbut: God isn't in this picture.
God knows whose postman I've been.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The self was both its origins and its journey. The self was both its origins and its journey.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The world is about the way in which our dreams intersect with our real life. Endlessly, the world of the imagination changes the world. The world is about the way in which our dreams intersect with our real life. Endlessly, the world of the imagination changes the world.
Salman Rushdie quotes: What you were is forever who you are. What you were is forever who you are.
Salman Rushdie quotes: A sigh isn't just a sigh. We inhale the world and breathe out meaning. While we can. While we can. A sigh isn't just a sigh. We inhale the world and breathe out meaning. While we can. While we can.
Salman Rushdie quotes: And by that destiny, to perform an act Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come In yours and my discharge. And by that destiny, to perform an act Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come In yours and my discharge.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Why speak if you can't manage perfect thoughts, perfect sentences? Why speak if you can't manage perfect thoughts, perfect sentences?
Salman Rushdie quotes: In the experience of art, time seems not to exist. In the experience of art, time seems not to exist.
Salman Rushdie quotes: That's the trouble with you sad-city types: a place has to be miserable and dull as ditchwater before you believe it's real. That's the trouble with you sad-city types: a place has to be miserable and dull as ditchwater before you believe it's real.
Salman Rushdie quotes: 'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller and uglier: an insult. 'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller and uglier: an insult.
Salman Rushdie quotes: In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips. In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You'd have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain. Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You'd have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain.
Salman Rushdie quotes: His smile was the rictus of a beast. His smile was the rictus of a beast.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The Republicans were not always insane. They might've had politics I didn't agree with, but they weren't always actually certifiable. 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 quotes: Human sanity was a poor, fragile thing at best, Human sanity was a poor, fragile thing at best,
Salman Rushdie quotes: You want all your books to stick around after you've gone. You want all your books to stick around after you've gone.
Salman Rushdie quotes: She watched him recede into the past as he stood ... each successive moment of him passing before her eyes and being lost forever. She watched him recede into the past as he stood ... each successive moment of him passing before her eyes and being lost forever.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it's teaching. The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it's teaching.
Salman Rushdie quotes: It was curious that so avowedly godless a person should keep trying to write about faith. It was curious that so avowedly godless a person should keep trying to write about faith.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The glamour of being forbidden must not be underestimated. The glamour of being forbidden must not be underestimated.
Salman Rushdie quotes: ...the old are destroying the young by them to die in distant fields, and in response the young are destroying themselves. ...the old are destroying the young by them to die in distant fields, and in response the young are destroying themselves.
Salman Rushdie quotes: It is often said by religious people that without its framework, there is no sense of right or wrong. My view is that religion comes after ethics. It is often said by religious people that without its framework, there is no sense of right or wrong. My view is that religion comes after ethics.
Salman Rushdie quotes: A book is not completed till it's read. A book is not completed till it's read.
Salman Rushdie quotes: With death comes honesty. With death comes honesty.
Salman Rushdie quotes: If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it. If I were asked for a one-sentence sound
bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another's, were no longer our own, individual, discrete. Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another's, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.
Salman Rushdie quotes: 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. 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 quotes: In autobiography, as in all literature, what actually happened is less important than what the author can manage to persuade his audience to believe 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 quotes: YouTube is full of pieces of trash. If you want to look on YouTube and find something that insults you, you can probably find it. YouTube is full of pieces of trash. If you want to look on YouTube and find something that insults you, you can probably find it.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall. Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
Salman Rushdie quotes: We can best understand the nature of this culture if we say that it found its truest mirror in a corpse We can best understand the nature of this culture if we say that it found its truest mirror in a corpse
Salman Rushdie quotes: I must finish what I've started, even if, inevitably, what I finish turns out not to be what I began. I must finish what I've started, even if, inevitably, what I finish turns out not to be what I began.
Salman Rushdie quotes: 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. 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 quotes: The ruthlessness of the godly invalidated their claims of virtue. The ruthlessness of the godly invalidated their claims of virtue.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Once you put a thought into the world, it can be disagreed with, but it can't be unthought. Once you put a thought into the world, it can be disagreed with, but it can't be unthought.
Salman Rushdie quotes: If power was a a cry, then human lives were lived in the echo of the cries of others. If power was a a cry, then human lives were lived in the echo of the cries of others.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Bread and books: food for the body and food for the soul - what could be more worthy of our respect, and even love? 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 quotes: 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. 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 quotes: I dislike arranged marriages. There are some mistakes for which one should not be able to blame one's poor parents. I dislike arranged marriages. There are some mistakes for which one should not be able to blame one's poor parents.
Salman Rushdie quotes: She's no flibberti-gibberti mamzell, but a whir-stir-get-lost-sir bundla dynamite! She's no flibberti-gibberti mamzell, but a whir-stir-get-lost-sir bundla dynamite!
Salman Rushdie quotes: I'm a novelist. Fortunately I don't have to rule the world. I'm a novelist. Fortunately I don't have to rule the world.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Beware, the light seemed to say, for I come to burn and judge. Beware, the light seemed to say, for I come to burn and judge.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Good advice Is Rarer Than Rubies Good advice Is Rarer Than Rubies
Salman Rushdie quotes: They were deeply in love, which beats earplugs. They were deeply in love, which beats earplugs.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Montgomery Clift in I Confess? Montgomery Clift in I Confess?
Salman Rushdie quotes: Roots, I sometimes think, are a conservative myth, designed to keep us in our places. Roots, I sometimes think, are a conservative myth, designed to keep us in our places.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Too many people spouting too many words, and in the end those words will turn to bullets and stones. Too many people spouting too many words, and in the end those words will turn to bullets and stones.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Maybe unhappiness is the continuum through which a human life moves, and joy just a series of blips, of islands in the stream. 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 quotes: Sometimes we feel we straddle two cultures; at other times, that we fall between two stools. Sometimes we feel we straddle two cultures; at other times, that we fall between two stools.
Salman Rushdie quotes: A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be. A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be.
Salman Rushdie quotes: When we stop believing in the gods we can start believing in their stories. When we stop believing in the gods we can start believing in their stories.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The inconspicuous nine-vehicle motorcade rolled toward Manhattan with motorcycle sirens blaring and lights flashing, attracting no attention at all. The inconspicuous nine-vehicle motorcade rolled toward Manhattan with motorcycle sirens blaring and lights flashing, attracting no attention at all.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The world is full of love stories, and all lovers are in a sense the avatars of their predecessors. The world is full of love stories, and all lovers are in a sense the avatars of their predecessors.
Salman Rushdie quotes: I hate admitting that my enemies have a point. I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
Salman Rushdie quotes: You can't have modern states based on ideas which have been out of date for a thousand years. You can't have modern states based on ideas which have been out of date for a thousand years.
Salman Rushdie quotes: our lives teach us who we are our lives teach us who we are
Salman Rushdie quotes: What grows best in the heat: fantasy; unreason; lust. What grows best in the heat: fantasy; unreason; lust.
Salman Rushdie quotes: There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity. There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.
Salman Rushdie quotes: I'm not saying I am never going to fall in love again, but there is no need to marry. I'm not saying I am never going to fall in love again, but there is no need to marry.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Her thoughts, loosen by solitude, often burst these days through her unconscious lips; and often contradict one another ( ... ) Her thoughts, loosen by solitude, often burst these days through her unconscious lips; and often contradict one another ( ... )
Salman Rushdie quotes: Youth was often wretched, the struggle to become themselves tore the young to shreds, but sometimes, after the struggle, better days began. Youth was often wretched, the struggle to become themselves tore the young to shreds, but sometimes, after the struggle, better days began.
Salman Rushdie quotes: Who hopes for an hour hopes for eternity. The world in an hour. What follows is unseen. Who hopes for an hour hopes for eternity. The world in an hour. What follows is unseen.
Salman Rushdie quotes: I get a lot of letters - a lot of letters saying, who knew that you were funny? I get a lot of letters - a lot of letters saying, who knew that you were funny?
Salman Rushdie quotes: 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. 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 quotes: O the shame of it, the humiliating shame of being condescended to by dolts O the shame of it, the humiliating shame of being condescended to by dolts
Salman Rushdie quotes: The process of revision should be constant and endless The process of revision should be constant and endless
Salman Rushdie quotes: What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry. What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
Salman Rushdie quotes: The Chinese are good at repression and can be pretty ruthless about it. The Chinese are good at repression and can be pretty ruthless about it.