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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.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Literature]

 

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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.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Books and Reading]

 

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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.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Fanatics and Fanaticism]

 

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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.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Communism and Socialism]

 

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When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Blasphemy]

 

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Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.
~ Salman Rushdie - [Blasphemy]

 

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