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Salman Rushdie Quotes

(1948), Indian-born British Author

Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.

Category: Arts And Artists

Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.

Category: Blasphemy

Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.

Category: Blasphemy

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.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Communism And Socialism

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.

Category: Conversion

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

Category: Events

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.

Category: Exile

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.

Category: Fanatics And Fanaticism

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.

Category: Fiction

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.

Category: Fiction

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.

Category: Freedom Of Speech

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

Category: Intolerance

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.

Category: Language