Quotes Corner: Salman Rushdie

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With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”
  • “Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.”
  • “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”
  • “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”
  • “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.”
  • “In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.”
  • “It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.”
  • What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.”
  • “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
  • “What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.”
  • “The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.”

[Were these quotes helpful? Is there anyone you’d like to see here? What inspires you the most? Let me know in the comments.]

Happy Writing!


  • Texanne

    You know what's inspiring about Salman Rushdie? Seriously bad dudes put a price on his head, and he kept writing! Talk about potential for writers block. Now there's a writer with a springing demon of a talent and hunger in him. Awesome. Dictionary-correct: awesome.

    • Kerri

      I know! He's such a great example for others. He's writing a book about his experiences in hiding, too. I can't wait until it comes out!

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