- 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.
- Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever read. If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people. I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn't occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don't like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don't like it, nobody is telling you to finish it. To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended. – OttoMäkelä (talk) 10:46, 22 January 2014 (UTC)