Salman Rushdie, fully Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

Rushdie, fully Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

British-Indian Novelist and Essayist, Winner of Booker Prize, His book, "The Satanic Verses" generated controversy and death threats and a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

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And now, as if to finish things off, the Himalayan winter is setting in, and the greatest calamity of all may lie ahead of us, not behind,

From such defensive, separated worlds some youngsters have indefensibly stepped across a moral line and taken up their lethal rucksacks, ... The deeper alienations that lead to terrorism may have their roots in these young men's objections to events in Iraq or elsewhere, but the closed communities of some traditional Western Muslims are places in which young men's alienations can easily deepen.

I don't particularly care for that title because nobody elected us. It was a time when something was needed to be done and the plan to offer a haven for threatened writers took hold.

In the place from which I began, after all, I watched the film from the child's - Dorothy's point of view. I experienced, with her, the frustration of being brushed aside by Uncle Henry and Auntie Em, busy with their dull grown-up counting. Like all adults, they couldn't focus on what was really important to Dorothy: namely, the threat to Toto. I ran away with Dorothy and then ran back. Even the shock of discovering that the Wizard was a humbug was a shock I felt as a child, a shock to the child's faith in adults. Perhaps, too, I felt something deeper, something I couldn't articulate; perhaps some half-formed suspicion about grown-ups was being confirmed.

I've tried to live without fear. Fear paralyzes you. I've tried to get on with my life.

Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things — childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves — that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.

Perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.

The Satanic Verses.

We crave permission openly to become our secret selves.

While they have made some concessions to the West, China's leaders have not shown much interest in freedom of speech.

Antediluvian, who think of homosexuality as ungodly, who have little time for real freedom of expression, who routinely express anti-Semitic views, and who, in the case of the Muslim Diaspora, are -- it has to be said -- in many ways at odds with the cultures among which they live.

From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.

I don't think there is a need for an entity like God in my life.

In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.

Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.

Not all possibilities are open to us. The world is finite; our hopes spill over its rim.

Question: What is the opposite of faith?

The book is not the crime. The fatwa was the crime,

The spirit of my grandfather came to infuse the spirit of the place.

We must conclude that it is not only a particular political ideology that has failed, but the idea that men and women could ever define themselves in terms that exclude their spiritual needs.

Who what am I? My answer: I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each ‘I’, every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow the world.

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

Fundamentalism isn't about religion, it's about power.

I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.

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British-Indian Novelist and Essayist, Winner of Booker Prize, His book, "The Satanic Verses" generated controversy and death threats and a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini