Salman Rushdie is an award-winning author whose words have triggered mixed responses from all the diverse sects of society. His acclaimed work and novels have created major controversies, but his quotes make us think of why he surely deserves to win the Booker Prize. The British Indian author has written as many as 10 top-selling novels so far, and some of his best works include Midnight Children (1981), The Satanic Verses (1988), and Fury (2001). His 1981 novel, Midnight Children, won him the Booker Prize that year, and was also awarded for Best of Bookers in 1993 and 2008. The 68-year-old novelist is a 1983 fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Literature, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007. As you can imagine, words from Sir Salman Rushdie are bound to leave an impact on your mind. So, here are 10 of his best quotes that’ll help you understand Rushdie’s finesse for literature.

Salman Rushdie Quotes

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


2. “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”

3. “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”

4. “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”

5. “Our lives teach us who we are.”

6. “A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”


7. “When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.”

8. “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.”

9. “Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.”

10. “One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.”


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