"Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Salman Rushdie on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Salman Rushdie on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Salman Rushdie on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Salman Rushdie on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Salman Rushdie on William Shakespeare
"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."