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Art
Engrave this Quote Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.
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Engrave this Quote Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
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Blasphemy
Engrave this Quote Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.
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Engrave this Quote Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way.
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Engrave this Quote The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.
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Engrave this Quote The only privilege literature deserves -- and this privilege it requires in order to exist -- is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.
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Engrave this Quote Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
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Communism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Exile
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Fanaticism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote Our lives teach us who we are.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Language
Engrave this Quote If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
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Myths, Mythology
Engrave this Quote Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
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Engrave this Quote The real risks for any artist are taken in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it --when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote 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.
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