- Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
- A writer's home address has little or nothing to do with his ability to write.
- If we allow ourselves to be terrorized by fear of the terrorists, then they have won.
- In an interview explaining how he managed to maintain a near normal life despite having a fatwa placed upon him.
- In regards to that unpleasantness between me and the Ayatollah some years ago... one of us is dead.
- From an address at the University of Iowa, 2004
- Orgasmically joyful.
- When asked how he felt about his upcoming knighthood, during an address given at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (November 2007)
- The ability to be frivolous in a serious time is not to be underestimated.