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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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-Salman Rushdie
Authors & Writing
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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-Salman Rushdie
Speech (freedom of)
Engrave this Quote Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
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-Salman Rushdie
Tolerance
Engrave this Quote If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
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-Salman Rushdie
Books
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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-Salman Rushdie
Books
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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-Salman Rushdie
Books
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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-Salman Rushdie
Myths, Mythology
Engrave this Quote Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
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-Salman Rushdie
Identity
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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-Salman Rushdie
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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-Salman Rushdie


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