Quotes by: Salman Rushdie

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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.
Salman Rushdie
Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.
Salman Rushdie
There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.
Salman Rushdie
I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And it's the place that my imagination has returned to more than anywhere else.
Salman Rushdie
Bin Laden was born filthy rich and died in a rich man's house, which he had painstakingly built to the highest specifications.
Salman Rushdie
Acting was always my unscratched itch, when I was in college and even afterwards.
Salman Rushdie
If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up.
Salman Rushdie
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
What I've always tried to find in my books are points at which the private lives of the characters, and also my own, intersect with the public life of the culture.
Salman Rushdie
I'll tell you what divorce hasn't taught me. It didn't teach me not to get married again.
Salman Rushdie
If you look at Indian movies, every time they wanted an exotic locale, they would have a dance number in Kashmir. Kashmir was India's fairyland. Indians went there because in a hot country you go to a cold place. People would be entranced by the sight of snow.
Salman Rushdie
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
Salman Rushdie
The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff.
Salman Rushdie
If you live in free countries, you don't have to spend all your life arguing about freedom because it is all around you. It seems redundant to make a lot of noise about something when, in fact, there it is. But if someone tries to remove it, it becomes important for you to formulate your own defenses of it.
Salman Rushdie
It's true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.
Salman Rushdie
Children like being a little scared, but they don't want to be disturbed.
Salman Rushdie
Many men start being friendly with women because they are trying to seduce them. I'm not trying to seduce them. I just like hanging out with them.
Salman Rushdie
My grandmother was very fierce and gruff. She was quite small, but she was very wide.
Salman Rushdie
In the real world, immeasurable hurt is caused by terrorists based in Pakistan who attack countries like India.
Salman Rushdie
Out-of-step intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and the deceased Edward Said have often been dismissed as crazy extremists, 'anti-American,' and in Mr. Said's case even, absurdly, as apologists for Palestinian 'terrorism.'
Salman Rushdie
If there were Israeli attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, it makes it certain there would be a reprisal attack against the United States at some point.
Salman Rushdie
The world is full of things that upset people. But most of us deal with it and move on and don't try and burn the planet down.
Salman Rushdie
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