10 Years of Wit and Wisdom at the Jaipur Literature Festival


Wisdom Tips

  1. Tenzin Tsundue:‘You do not ask for freedom but take it, earn it by your work.’
  1. Salman Rushdie: ‘Self-censorship is a lie to yourself; if you are going to be trying to seriously create art, to create literary art, and you decide to hold back, to censor yourself, then you are a fool to yourself and it would be better that you kept your mouth shut and did not speak. If you’re going to speak, the only way that you can speak is to speak your full mind, to offer your full vision of the world, in your work, in your art, and hope that that finds favour with your readers.’
  1. Aamir Khan:‘I was invited to this literary event because in many ways, writing and cinema are two faces of the same conversation: am I able to create convincing alternative reality?’
  1. HH Dalai Lama: ‘Science does not contradict religious faith. Both are seeking understanding of reality through investigation and analysis.’
  1. Louis De Bernieres: ‘The best thing about making the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was meeting Penelope Cruz.’
  1. Chetan Bhagat: ‘A book can change the way people think. Impact is for me the purpose of art.’
  1. Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen of Bhutan, on the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness: ‘Economics is not the most important aspect to society. We have to pay attention to spiritual wellbeing, environment, culture, family life, emotional wellbeing, as well as good response of governance. All these components must come together.’
  1. Michael Ondaatje: ‘Finding the silences in the story gives you great energy to improvise.’
  1. Oprah Winfrey: ‘You are what is possible for you, not what has happened to you.’
  1. Deepak Chopra’s motto in life: ‘Do less and accomplish more, and ultimately do nothing and accomplish everything.’
  1. David Hare: ‘There is nothing more exciting in life that discovering you can do something you didn’t realize you were capable of. It never occurred to me that I would be the person who would be able to do that thing.’
  1. Richard Dawkins: ‘The poetry of science is the poetry of things.’


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