Quotes by: Salman Rushdie
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.
Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.
There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.
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.
Bin Laden was born filthy rich and died in a rich man's house, which he had painstakingly built to the highest specifications.
Acting was always my unscratched itch, when I was in college and even afterwards.
If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up.
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.
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.
I'll tell you what divorce hasn't taught me. It didn't teach me not to get married again.
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.
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff.
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.
It's true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.
Children like being a little scared, but they don't want to be disturbed.
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.
My grandmother was very fierce and gruff. She was quite small, but she was very wide.
In the real world, immeasurable hurt is caused by terrorists based in Pakistan who attack countries like India.
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.'
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.
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.