Quotes by Salman Rushdie

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

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

"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."

"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."

"From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable."


Books by Salman Rushdie

  • The Satanic Verses
  • 58,963 ratings
  • 1997 by Picador USA

    (first published September 26th 1988)

  • Shalimar the Clown
  • 13,166 ratings
  • October 10th 2006 by Random House Trade

    (first published September 6th 2005)

  • Shame
  • 11,408 ratings
  • May 18th 1995 by Vintage

    (first published September 8th 1983)

Salman Rushdie
  • Salman Rushdie

  • Date of birth: June 19, 1947
  • Born: in Bombay, India.

  • Description: Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

    His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent. Faced with death threats and a fatwa (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically. In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature", which "thrilled and humbled" him. In 2007, he began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.