Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The real risks for any artist are taken in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it --when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our lives teach us who we are.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems --but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Salman Rushdie [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I've never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Salman Rushdie [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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