"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 don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Salman Rushdie on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Salman Rushdie on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Salman Rushdie on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Salman Rushdie on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Salman Rushdie on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."