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Salman Rushdie quotes

Have you noticed the physical resemblance between Imran Khan and Gaddafi? If you were making a movie of the life of Gaddafi and you wanted a slightly better-looking version of Gaddafi, you might cast Imran Khan.

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.

British society has never been cleansed of the filth of imperialism.

An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.

I've never yet managed to write a novel which didn't have an Indian central character.

We are the storytelling animal.

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

Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.

Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are.

I've always prided myself on my discipline as a writer. I do it like a job. I get up in the morning and go to my desk.

If you're offended, it's your problem.

It's true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.

Mo Yan is the Chinese equivalent of the Soviet Russian apparatchik writer Mikhail Sholokhov: a patsy of the regime.

Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic.

Sometimes great, banned works defy the censor's description and impose themselves on the world - 'Ulysses,' 'Lolita,' the 'Arabian Nights.'

The whole story of migration and what that has done in interconnecting the planet is obviously something I've written about a lot.

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

You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can't take Bombay out of the boy, you know.

The writers of the French enlightenment had deliberately used blasphemy as a weapon, refusing to accept the power of the Church to set limiting points on thought.

Two things form the bedrock of any open society - freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don't have those things, you don't have a free country.