Salman Rushdie

Engels writer

Lived from: 1948-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Salman Rushdie

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    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.
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    A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
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    An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
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    Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
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    Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
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    From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.

    Source: The Satanic Verses

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    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.
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    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.
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    If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
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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.
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    In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
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    It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.
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    It's Kennedy's war, Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson got all the flak, but it's Kennedy's war.
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    Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.

    Source: The Satanic Verses

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    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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