22 Quotes from Midnight’s Children book by Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children

Hello. This post is a collection of 22 quotes from the book - Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. I hope you enjoy reading these quotes.

Midnight’s Children Quotes

Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.

In any war, the field of battle suffers worse devastation than either army. This is natural.

If God meant people to speak many tongues, why did he put only one in our heads?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

You can lay your strategies as carefully as you like, but women will undo them at a stroke.

A little uncertainty is no bad thing. Cocksure men do terrible deeds. Women, too.

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.

Be wise, child. Imitate the action of the snake. Be secret; strike from the cover of a bush.

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

No city which locks women away is ever short of whores.

The promise of exotic futures has always seemed, to my mind, the perfect antidote to the disappointments of the present.

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

A person must sometimes choose what he will see and what he will not.

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.

There is nothing like a War for the reinvention of lives.

People are like cats, you can’t teach them anything.

Quotes by - Deepak Kundu

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