Salman Rushdie Quotes

Salman Rushdie Quotes: Rushdie was a writer best known for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses and Ahmed Salman Rushdie CH FRSL is an Indian-born British-American novelist and His work often combines magical realism with historical fiction and primarily deals with connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, typically set on the Indian subcontinent.

In Salman Rushdie’s non-fiction book Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Rushdie recounts bumping into Jerry Seinfeld at a cocktail party where Seinfeld nervously asked his opinion of “The Implant” and “visibly relaxed” upon Rushdie’s telling him “that he had thought the episode very funny.”

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1. “Our lives disconnect and reconnect, we move on, and later we may again touch one another, again bounce away. This is the felt shape of human life, neither simply linear nor wholly disjunctive nor endlessly bifurcating, but rather this bouncy-castle sequence of bumpings-into and tumblings-apart.” – Salman Rushdie

2. “Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.” – Salman Rushdie

“When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.” – Salman Rushdie

3. “Realism can break a writer’s heart.” – Salman Rushdie

4. “A poet’s work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.” – Salman Rushdie

5. “A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ” – Salman Rushdie

6. “To understand just one life you have to swallow the world … do you wonder, then, that I was a heavy child?” – Salman Rushdie

7. “What’s real and what’s true aren’t necessarily the same.” -Salman Rushdie

8. “Free societies…are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom’s existence.” – Salman Rushdie

9. “We all owe death a life.” – Salman Rushdie

10. “From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” – Salman Rushdie

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11. “How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized.”-  Salman Rushdie

12. “What kind of idea are you? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accomodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – The kind that will almost certainly, ninety-nine times out of hundred, be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world.” – Salman Rushdie

13. “Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.” – Salman Rushdie

14. “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” – Salman Rushdie

15. “I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me, I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.” –  Salman Rushdie

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16. “Memory’s truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else’s version more than his own.” – Salman Rushdie

17. “Children are the vessels into which adults pour their poison.” –  Salman Rushdie, 

18. “What can’t be cured must be endured.” – Salman Rushdie 

19. “Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull.” – Salman Rushdie 

20. “Who what am I? My answer: Im everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each ‘I’, every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow the world.”- Salman Rushdie

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21. “The only people who see the whole picture,’ he murmured, ‘are the ones who step out of the frame.” – Salman Rushdie

22. “Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.” – Salman Rushdie

23. “Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.” – Salman Rushdie

24. “‎No people whose word for ‘yesterday’ is the same as their word for ‘tomorrow’ can be said to have a firm grip on the time.” –  Salman Rushdie

25. “Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter’s tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end.” – Salman Rushdie

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26. How to defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized. Don’t let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared.” – Salman Rushdie

27. “The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it.” – Salman Rushdie,

28. “faith without doubt is addiction” – Salman Rushdie

29. “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.”- Salman Rushdie

30. “War used to be something you could stand on the nearby hill and watch. Now we have total war; everybody’s in it. We have total economics as well. Everything affects everybody. The Malaysian currency shakes, and people around the world are seriously affected.” – Salman Rushdie


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