Sir Salman Rushdie Quotes

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems—but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. "All-India Radio," bk. 2, Midnight's Children (1981).
Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. "Ayesha," The Satanic Verses (1988).
Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born-British author. "Ayesha," The Satanic Verses (1988). Of the Imam exiled in London.
Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. "Famous satirist" Baal, in "Return to Jahilia," The Satanic Verses (1988). Mahound, Prophet of Jahilia, replies, "Writers and whores. I see no difference."
I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born-British author. Hamza, in "Mahound," The Satanic Verses (1988).
Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. "Hit-the-Spittoon," bk. 1, Midnight's Children (1981).
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.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. Independent (London, Feb. 7, 1990). Said of the changes in Eastern Europe.
I make no complaint. I am a writer. I do not accept my condition; I will strive to change it; but I inhabit it, I am trying to learn from it.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. Independent on Sunday (London, Feb. 4, 1990).
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. Independent on Sunday (London, Feb. 4, 1990).
Our lives teach us who we are.
Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. Independent on Sunday (London, Feb. 4, 1990).