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Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds,
by Salman Rushdie

Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds,
their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels,
beneath the dust of habit.
- Salman Rushdie

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens
people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
- Salman Rushdie

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning,
not to find yours.
- Salman Rushdie

 

When thought becomes excessively painful,
action is the finest remedy.
- Salman Rushdie

One of the extraordinary things about human events
is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
- Salman Rushdie

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend,
it ceases to exist.
- Salman Rushdie

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Our lives teach us who we are.
- Salman Rushdie

Writers and politicians are natural rivals.
Both groups try to make the world in their own images;
they fight for the same territory.
- Salman Rushdie

It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book.
You just have to shut it.
- Salman Rushdie

In this world without quiet corners,
there can be no easy escapes from history,
from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
- Salman Rushdie

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air,
that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs,
is the point from which fiction begins.
- Salman Rushdie

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room
is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie

Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of
a human being in the twentieth century.
- Salman Rushdie

I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.'
For a long time I stressed the absence,
the hole.
Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
- Salman Rushdie

I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in.
- Salman Rushdie

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.
- Salman Rushdie

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
- Salman Rushdie

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity,
those who have claimed to possess a total explanation,
have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
- Salman Rushdie

Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.
- Salman Rushdie

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
- Salman Rushdie

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.
- Salman Rushdie

I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
- Salman Rushdie

Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
- Salman Rushdie

Our lives are not what we deserve; they are,
let us agree, in many ways deficient.
- Salman Rushdie

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is
first their sensibility and tenderness;
second,
their imagination, and third, their industry.
- Salman Rushdie

A book is a version of the world.
If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
- Salman Rushdie

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is
not entirely a rational and conscious one.
- Salman Rushdie

If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion,
I would say I was against it.
- Salman Rushdie

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.
Free speech is life itself.
- Salman Rushdie

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

If you can not answer a man's argument,
all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
- Elbert Hubbard

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
then names the streets after them.
- Bill Vaughan

Though we may know Him by a thousand names,
He is one and the same to us all.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Further, a document names and identifies the actual
Red Light Bandits (plural),
because in fact there are two.
- Caryl Chessman

More are the names of God and infinite are the forms
through which He may be approached.
In whatever name and form you worship Him,
through them you will realise Him.
- Ramakrishna

I made a list of people who needed just a little bit of money.
And when the list was complete, there were 42 names.
The total amount of money they needed was $27.
I was shocked.
- Muhammad Yunus

Names are what people sometimes use to excuse their
thoughts and actions towards you.
- Simon Travaglia

One forgets words as one forgets names.
One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
- Evelyn Waugh

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- John F. Kennedy

Know the names of past and current artists who are
most famous for playing their instruments.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
- Arthur Erickson

I couldn't begin to name names...
in general I have found racers to be some of the most
competitive people on the planet...
and some of the nicest as well.
- John Oates

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible
in America today because liberals are calling names
while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
- Ann Coulter

In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the
different kinds of love for which the ancients had distinct names.
- Mortimer Adler

With me it was that defending the Communist Party was
something worse than naming the names.
- Edward Dmytryk

The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now;
with all the usual lot,
good, bad, and indifferent - I name no names.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
- Kenneth Grahame

As Lord Chesterfield said of the generals of his day,
'I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names,
he trembles as I do.'
- Duke of Wellington

I confused things with their names: that is belief.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.
- Little Richard

First you forget names, then you forget faces.
Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally,
you forget to pull it down.
- George Burns

It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names.
We're reaching a time that we'll acknowledge the individual
in a war on a national level.
- Maya Lin

We became somewhat household names really quickly,
within a matter of - what? - three, four months.
So it's hard to get used to, and it's really sometimes hard to understand.
- Ruben Studdard

Fame is the inheritance not of the dead,
but of the living.
It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
- William Hazlitt

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs,
and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
- Matthew Arnold

The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the
names of two agents whom I personally had known and
handled and had a particular feeling for.
- Aldrich Ames

The creations of a great writer are little more than
the moods and passions of his own heart,
given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
- William Butler Yeats

I believe that a long step toward public morality will
have been taken when sins are called by their right names.
- Billy Sunday

And I always read the English translation and always
have conversations with my translator,
for example about the names.
I always have to approve it.
- Cornelia Funke

What's really fun is to write under different names.
- Tom Verlaine

Last year we had so many people coming in and out they
didn't bother to sew their names on the backs of the uniforms.
They just put them there with Velcro.
- Andy Van Slyke

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled
essence of our past behavior.
- Logan P. Smith

If you take different mythologies from different cultures,
the names may change and the story lines may vary but
there is always something in common.
- Maynard James Keenan

He said true things, but called them by wrong names.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Biblical names are hot again.
- Anita Diament

I technically have two last names, which is a lot of
fun when you're making airline reservations.
- Mackenzie Astin


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