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Salman Rushdie quotes (30)

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
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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.
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Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
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Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
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Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
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Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
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I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.
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I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
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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.
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If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
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If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
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In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
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It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.
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Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
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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.
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One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
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Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many ways deficient.
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Our lives teach us who we are.
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Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
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Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
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Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.
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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.
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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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Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
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Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
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What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
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What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
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What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
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When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
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Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
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