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It seems that the right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack by religious institutions.

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If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream.

Salman Rushdie

It seems that the right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack by religious institutions.

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

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Two things form the bedrock of any open society - freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don't have those things, you don't have a free country.

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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.

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When you have children, your perspective on the parent-child relationship alters.

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A relationship with an imaginary woman is preferable to a relationship with a real one.

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I had a very difficult relationship with my father, which ended up okay, but there were many difficult years.

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Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.

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Friendships are the family we make - not the one we inherit. I've always been someone to whom friendship, elective affinities, is as important as family.

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

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It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.

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The suicide bomber's imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people's lives.

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Like everybody else, I've had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn't trust the person I was in love with one inch.

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If you look at Indian movies, every time they wanted an exotic locale, they would have a dance number in Kashmir. Kashmir was India's fairyland. Indians went there because in a hot country you go to a cold place. People would be entranced by the sight of

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