Salman Rushdie Quotes


19 Salman Rushdie quotes:



"Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Absence Quotes Indian Novelist Quotes
"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."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes Indian Novelist Quotes
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist"
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Expression Quotes
"I have a deep feeling for Kashmir, and I just had to write this book, ... [But] it's very hard to write about real events. It becomes unbearable. The challenge in writing this book was: how do you write about these things bearably without sweetening the pill?"
"Both are responsible. But I know when I write a book it's my name on the book, so I stand or fall by what I sign. And so must she."
"It was because it was easier to blame me, ... You know, 'Why is he rocking the boat?' In those days there was a lot of that stuff. He was asking for it. He did it on purpose. He was begging for it. It was just conventional blaming-the-victim stuff. I don't like the term 'victim' when applied to myself. Certainly I felt the guilt burden had shifted from the people doing the violence to the person on the receiving end of the violence."
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"Meanwhile, it seems, the world is suffering from compassion fatigue,"
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Compassion Quotes
"Always do something impossible right at the beginning of the show?. Swallow a sword, tie yourself in a knot, defy gravity. Do what the audience knows it could never do no matter how hard it tries. After that you'll have them eating out of your hand."
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"What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Power Quotes Indian Novelist Quotes
"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."
"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."
"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."
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"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."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"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."
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"The only privilege literature deserves - and this privilege it requires in order to exist - is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"The only privilege literature deserves -- and this privilege it requires in order to exist -- is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"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."
"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."
"Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive."



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