"What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Salman Rushdie on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Salman Rushdie on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Salman Rushdie on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Salman Rushdie on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Salman Rushdie on Booker T. Washington
"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."