Quotes by: Salman Rushdie
I accept there are people out there who don't like me. I don't like them.
Rohinton Mistry's celebrated novel 'Such a Long Journey' was pulled off the syllabus of Mumbai University because local extremists objected to its content.
Our lives are not what we deserve; they are, let us agree, in many ways deficient.
Human beings, you see, do absolutely two primary things. We see like and unlike. Like becomes, in literature, simile and metaphor. Unlike becomes uniqueness and difference, from which I believe, the novel is born.
Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
A purpose of our lives is to broaden what we can understand and say and therefore be.
I don't like books that play to the gallery, but I've become more concerned with telling a story as clearly and engagingly as I can.
I only met Margaret Thatcher twice. The thing that I thought about meeting her was how extraordinarily intelligent she was. You really had to be on your game; otherwise, she'd make mincemeat of you.
I'm a reader of Chinese literature, I like their films, but also: I've had great difficulty getting my work published in China; very little of it has been published there. The first two attempts to have all of my work published, for instance, were refused without any reason ever being given.
I do think that there is such a thing as human nature, and that the things that we have in common are perhaps greater than the things that divide us.
I do have a lot of time for people in my life, and friendship is a very important subject for me. I think I'm unusual among the writers I know in that respect.
Anyone who has had the experience of going through American security checks knows the purpose of these checks is not to make you safer; it's just to annoy you.
I'm not saying I am never going to fall in love again, but there is no need to marry.
I think if we wish to live in any kind of a moral universe, we must hold the perpetrators of violence responsible for the violence they perpetrate. It's very simple. The criminal is responsible for the crime.
The West was involved in toppling the Mossadegh government. That ultimately led to the Iranian revolution.
If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream.
When I'm writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call 'supernaturalism.' As a writer, I find I need that to explain the world I'm writing about.
An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
If Turkey wants to join Europe, it will have to become a European country, and that might take a long time.
Writers shouldn't have lives that are interesting. It gets in the way of your work.
There's a lot of conflict and darkness inside everybody's family. We all pretend to outsiders that it's not so, but behind locked doors, there are usually high emotions running.
If my child had prejudice in his head, I'd be ashamed. I would see it as my failure as a parent.