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Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning,
by Salman Rushdie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our lives teach us who we are.
- Salman Rushdie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

Keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What I know for sure is that
what you give comes back to you.
- Oprah Winfrey

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
- Winston Churchill

Forgiveness of all people and all acts -
is a sure path to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship,
we must love our friend for their sakes
rather than for our own.
- Charlotte Bronte

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

When I want to be bold about my movement ...
I for sure do not call it exercise!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another
and I know there are people in the world
that do not love their fellow human beings
and I HATE people like that.
- Tom Lehrer

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be clear that expectations are demands.
Demanding that life turn out the way we prefer
is a sure path to disappointment and suffering.
Happiness lies in having no expectations,
and accepting life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder,
but it sure heats up the blood.
- Elizabeth Ashley

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
- John Lennon

I am not quite sure where home is right now.
I do have places in London and Milan,
and a house in Spain.
I guess I would say home is where my mother is,
and she lives in Spain.
- Sarah Brightman

A woman should be home with the children,
building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.
- Mel Gibson

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest
might weaken and the wisest might err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that.
Poetry is as precise as geometry.
- Gustave Flaubert

I'm sure that my mom would have been happy with any path I chose.
- Joely Fisher

As sure as the spring will follow the winter,
prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.
- Bo Bennett

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt -
it is sure to get where it is going,
and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
- Hal Boyle

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
- Aristotle


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