The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes.
By: Salman Rushdie
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy... viewBy: Salman Rushdie
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings... viewBy: Salman Rushdie
Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours... viewBy: Salman Rushdie
I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important... viewBy: Salman Rushdie
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... viewBy: Salman Rushdie
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images.. viewBy: Salman Rushdie