"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Salman Rushdie on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Salman Rushdie on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Salman Rushdie on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Salman Rushdie on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."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."
"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."