"What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness second, their imagination, and third, their industry."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Salman Rushdie on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Salman Rushdie on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Salman Rushdie on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Salman Rushdie on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Salman Rushdie on Winston Churchill
"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."