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Salman Rushdie
June 19, 1947 -
Nationality: Indian
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Indian Novelist

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.


Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.


If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.


It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.


Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many ways deficient.


A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.


What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.


Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.


Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.


What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.


I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.


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.


One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.


Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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