Quotes by: Salman Rushdie
I don't read my books, I write them. Once I've finished the many years it usually takes me to write them, I can't bear to read them, because I've spent too long with them already. I'm not advertising them very well, am I?
It's Kennedy's war, Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson got all the flak, but it's Kennedy's war.
If I were dead, then nobody in England would have to fuss about the cost of my security and whether or not I merited such special treatment for so long.
Like everybody else, I've had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn't trust the person I was in love with one inch.
I think, in a written novel, the way in which you play with the readers' emotion or the way in which you engage the readers' emotions can be very indirect. You could come at it through irony or comedy, etcetera, and you could capture people's sympathies and feelings kind of by stealth if you like.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Sometimes you find your voice by trying to write like people, and sometimes you find it by trying to write unlike people.
Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don't like the glare of negative publicity.
The Republicans were not always insane. They might've had politics I didn't agree with, but they weren't always actually certifiable.
The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world's oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.
I never thought of myself as a writer about religion until a religion came after me.
The publishing of a book is a worldwide event. The attempt to suppress a book is a worldwide event.
Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.
In early Islam, it was an absolute tenet that the prophet was not to be worshipped. The prophet was a messenger. And one of the things that's happened in Islam is this cult of the prophet, which to my view is counter to the original tradition.
I saw Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' and you could say a lot of things against it, but it was incredible fun. I don't like blood and gore, and I am very squeamish about violence, but Tarantino's violence is actually funny.
One of the reasons my name is Rushdie is that my father was an admirer of Ibn Rush'd, the 12th century Arab philosopher known as Averroes in the West. In his time, he was making the non-literalist case for interpreting the Koran.
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
I am clearly vulnerable to these more passionate and volatile unstable relationships. I am trying to not be so vulnerable.
One of the things I've thought about 'Midnight's Children' is that it is a novel which puts a Muslim family at the centre of the Indian experience.
Certainly, the Hollywood cinema, there's almost nothing of interest coming out of there.
I don't like books that seem to want to teach me things. Which is not to say that one doesn't learn from books - but you do your own learning in your own way.