22 Quotes from Midnight’s Children book by Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children Quotes

Hello. I am Deepak Kundu, an avid book reader and quotes collector. Here is a list of 22 quotes that I liked and saved while reading Midnight’s Children book by Salman Rushdie. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Midnight’s Children Quotes

Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence. - Midnight’s Children

In any war, the field of battle suffers worse devastation than either army. This is natural. - Midnight’s Children

If God meant people to speak many tongues, why did he put only one in our heads? - Midnight’s Children

No new place is real until it has seen a birth. The first birth will make you feel at home. - Midnight’s Children

No people whose word for “yesterday” is the same as their word for “tomorrow” can be said to have a firm grip on the time. - Midnight’s Children

Perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque. - Midnight’s Children

Our Bombay: it looks like a hand but it’s really a mouth, always open, always hungry, swallowing food and talent from everywhere else in India. - Midnight’s Children

Freeze a Muslim’s assets, they say, and you make him run to Pakistan, leaving all his wealth behind him. Catch the lizard’s tail and he’ll snap it off! This so-called secular state gets some damn clever ideas. - Midnight’s Children

All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner; and for every snake, a ladder will compensate. - Midnight’s Children

A death makes the living see themselves too clearly; after they have been in its presence, they become exaggerated. - Midnight’s Children

You can lay your strategies as carefully as you like, but women will undo them at a stroke. - Midnight’s Children

A little uncertainty is no bad thing. Cocksure men do terrible deeds. Women, too. - Midnight’s Children

Child of an unknown union, I have had more mothers than most mothers have children; giving birth to parents has been one of my stranger talents—a form of reverse fertility beyond the control of contraception. - Midnight’s Children

Be wise, child. Imitate the action of the snake. Be secret; strike from the cover of a bush. - Midnight’s Children

In autobiography, as in all literature, what actually happened is less important than what the author can manage to persuade his audience to believe. - Midnight’s Children

No city which locks women away is ever short of whores. - Midnight’s Children

The promise of exotic futures has always seemed, to my mind, the perfect antidote to the disappointments of the present. - Midnight’s Children

When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy. - Midnight’s Children

A person must sometimes choose what he will see and what he will not. - Midnight’s Children

I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. - Midnight’s Children

There is nothing like a War for the reinvention of lives. - Midnight’s Children

People are like cats, you can’t teach them anything. - Midnight’s Children