Quotes by: Salman Rushdie
When you start writing about the stuff that is the central experience of your own life, you can talk about whatever you want, in whatever way you want.
All my adult life, if I didn't have several hours a day to sit in a room by myself, I would get antsy and irritable.
We live in a frightened time, and people self-censor all the time and are afraid of going into some subjects because they are worried about violent reactions.
I seem to have fallen for women with missing parents. Goodness knows what it signifies.
I don't think people cry reading 'Midnight's Children,' but a lot of people seem to cry watching the movie.
It's obvious that I come down on the side of free speech for anybody's work.
The question I'm always asking myself is: are we masters or victims? Do we make history, or does history make us? Do we shape the world, or are we just shaped by it? The question of do we have agency in our lives or whether we are just passive victims of events is, I think, a great question, and one that I have always tried to ask.
I am certainly not a good Muslim. But I am able now to say that I am Muslim; in fact it is a source of happiness to say that I am now inside, and a part of the community whose values have always been closest to my heart.
One of the things I do take some pride in is that if you had never read an article about my life, if you knew nothing about me, except that my books were being set in front of you to read, and if you were to read those books in sequence, I don't think you would say to yourself, 'Oh my God, something terrible happened to this writer in 1989.'
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
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.
Everybody loves 'The Wire,' and I think it's okay, but in the end it's just a police series.
You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can't take Bombay out of the boy, you know.
I had a very difficult relationship with my father, which ended up okay, but there were many difficult years.
When you are writing a book, it feels as if you are simply concentrating on the world of the book and that whatever is happening in your personal life is outside the room, as it were. But maybe that's just the way you have to talk to yourself to make it possible.
I've never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones.
I'm not a big fan of there being voiceovers in movies. I really prefer it when the film tells it story.
Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic.
A novel, I think, is partly about the contemporary and partly about the eternal, and it's the balance of that that's difficult to achieve.
In an ideal world, you could reunite the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir with the Indian-occupied part and restore the old borders. You could have both India and Pakistan agreeing to guarantee those borders, demilitarise the area, and to invest in it economically. In a sane world that would happen, but we don't live in a sane world.
I do think there was a period there when my sanity was under intense pressure, and I didn't know what to say or do or how to act. I was literally living from day to day.
When I'm writing a book, sentence by sentence, I'm not thinking theoretically. I'm just trying to work out the story from inside the characters I've got.