Salman Rushdie Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old salman rushdie quotes, salman rushdie sayings, and salman rushdie proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.     

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Free speech is life itself.     

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There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.     

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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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Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way.     

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What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.     

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Anyone who reads my work will see that there are often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.     

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A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.     

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For every snake, there is a ladder; for every ladder,a snake.     

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When you throw everything up in the air anything becomes possible.     

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A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.     

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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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A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.     

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Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture.     

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

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Rage made you the creature of those who enraged you, it gave them too much power. Rage killed the mind, and now more than ever the mind needed to live, to find a way of rising above the mindlessness.     

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From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.     

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Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin     

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Anyone who reads my work will see that there are often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.     

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When you throw everything up in the air anything becomes possible.     

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Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.     

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Cruelty is not a literary value.     

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Realism can break a writer's heart.     

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Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.     

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In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.     

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They lived in a great city, a metropolis of many narratives that converged briefly and then separated for ever, discovering their different dooms in that crowd of stories through which all of us, following our own destinies, had to push and shove to find our way through, or out.     

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There is nothing like a war for the reinvention of lives.     

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A sigh isn't just a sigh. We inhale the world and breathe out meaning. While we can. While we can.     

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Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.     

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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.     

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