"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."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Salman Rushdie on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Salman Rushdie on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Salman Rushdie on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Salman Rushdie on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Salman Rushdie on Maya Angelou
"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."
"If you actually want to change your world, there is a better way of doing it than blowing yourself up."
"Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall."
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
"Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms."