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the personification of philistine triumphalism


Salman Rushdie

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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 fi...
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The only privilege literature deserves -- and this privilege it requires in order to exist -- is the...
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In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, fro...
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Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.
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Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
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The suicide bomber's imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fac...
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In writing 'The Satanic Verses,' I think I was writing for the first time from the whole of ...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And...
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I have always thought, the secret purpose of the book tour is to make the writer hate the book he...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape t...
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A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be.
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Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free peo...
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Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever rea...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
What kind of idea are you? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accomodates itself to soci...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
Make as much racket as you like people. Noise is life and an excess of noise is a sign that life is ...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
Self-censorship is a lie to yourself; if you are going to be trying to seriously create art, to crea...
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I have had many more close women friends than men, and I've always assumed that comes from the f...
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Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to de...
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I didn't want to become some embittered old hack getting his revenge for the rest of my life. An...
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Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative...
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From such defensive, separated worlds some youngsters have indefensibly stepped across a moral line ...
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The Satanic Verses.
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Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plaus...
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Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
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I have a deep feeling for Kashmir, and I just had to write this book, ... [But] it's very hard to wr...
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As a writer, one of the things we all learned from the movies was a kind of compression that didn...
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Have you noticed the physical resemblance between Imran Khan and Gaddafi? If you were making a movie...
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Matthew Wiener on 'Mad Men' writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you ...
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wants the dreadful, wants to stare down the human race's worst-case scenarios.
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The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings. Such people are against, to...
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Someone asked me if I was afraid to write my memoirs. I told him: 'We have to stop drawing up ac...
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Meanwhile, it seems, the world is suffering from compassion fatigue,
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Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too.
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Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to ...
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What can't be cured must be endured.
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او از نسلی از بچه‌های جادویی بود که بسیار سخت‌تر از نس...
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Scraps of memory: this is not how a climax should be written. A climax should surge towards its Hima...
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If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
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Until you know who you are you can’t write.
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'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller an...
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Don't you know girls have to fool people every day of their lives if they want to get anywhere?
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He had picked up languages the way most sailors pick up diseases; languages were his gonorrhoea, his...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in ret...
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When...did it become irrational to dislike religion, any religion, even to dislike it vehemently? Wh...
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Don't let the zealots make Muslim a terrifying word."

[1,000 Days 'Trapped Inside a Me...
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Mahound comes to me for revelation, asking me to choose between monotheist and henotheist alternativ...
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Two things form the bedrock of any open society - freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don&...
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The response of anybody interested in liberty is that we all have a say and the ability to have an a...
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The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a...
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If you're offended, it's your problem.
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War used to be something you could stand on the nearby hill and watch. Now we have total war; everyb...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don't pro...
SALMAN RUSHDIE
One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to b...
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When you write, you write out of your best self. Everything else drops away.
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What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
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