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" Discovery is fun. I am incredibly open to everything. "
" I didn't want to become some embittered old hack getting his revenge for the rest of my life. And I didn't want to become some scared creature cowering in a corner. I remember telling myself not to carry the hatred around, although I know where it is. I have it in a trunk in storage. "
" 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. "
" If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it. "
" In an ideal world, you could reunite the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir with the Indian-occupied part and restore the old borders. You could have both India and Pakistan agreeing to guarantee those borders, demilitarise the area, and to invest in it economically. In a sane world that would happen, but we don't live in a sane world. "
" An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings. "
" We cannot allow religious hooligans to place limiting points on thought. "
" Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace. "
" What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. "
" Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. "
" I think that a lot of us, whether we are religious or not - there are no words to express some things except religious words. For instance, 'soul.' "
" Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic. "
" It's true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind. "
" The First Amendment defends all forms of speech including hate speech, which is why groups like Ku Klux Klan are allowed to utter their poisonous remarks. "
" There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don't prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn't prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people. "
" You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can't take Bombay out of the boy, you know. "
" There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity. "
" One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable. "
" This is going to make me sound ancient, but I remember Juhu Beach when there weren't any buildings on it. You'd go through countryside and arrive at this amazing beach. I remember driving from Delhi to the Qutab Minar through countryside. Mehrauli was a little village - that's all gone. "
" But there's one thing we must all be clear about: terrorism is not the pursuit of legitimate goals by some sort of illegitimate means. Whatever the murderers may be trying to achieve, creating a better world certainly isn't one of their goals. Instead they are out to murder innocent people. "
" I've never seen anywhere in the world as beautiful as Kashmir. It has something to do with the fact that the valley is very small and the mountains are very big, so you have this miniature countryside surrounded by the Himalayas, and it's just spectacular. And it's true, the people are very beautiful too. "
" 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. "
" It's one thing to say, 'I don't like what you said to me and I find it rude and offensive,' but the moment you threaten violence in return, you've taken it to another level, where you lose whatever credibility you had. "
" I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And it's the place that my imagination has returned to more than anywhere else. "
" War used to be something you could stand on the nearby hill and watch. Now we have total war; everybody's in it. We have total economics as well. Everything affects everybody. The Malaysian currency shakes, and people around the world are seriously affected. "