"Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Salman Rushdie on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Salman Rushdie on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Salman Rushdie on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Salman Rushdie on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Salman Rushdie on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"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."
"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."