"The response of anybody interested in liberty is that we all have a say and the ability to have an argument is exactly what liberty is, even though it may never be resolved. In any authoritarian society the possessor of power dictates, and if you try and step outside he will come after you."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Salman Rushdie on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Salman Rushdie on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Salman Rushdie on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Salman Rushdie on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Salman Rushdie on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."