Salman Rushdie Quotes

Why should I know Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie is a controversial author known for Devils Verses.

Born June 19, 1947

Best 8 Quotes by Salman Rushdie

“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever read.

If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn't occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don't like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don't like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.”

Salman Rushdie

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

Salman Rushdie

"Midnight's Children" Quotes

“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”

Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

“Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.”

Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

“We all owe death a life.”

Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

"The Ground Beneath Her Feet" Quotes

“Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter's tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end.”

Salman Rushdie
The Ground Beneath Her Feet

"The Satanic Verses" Quotes

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”

Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses

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

Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses