The “fundamental conflict of our times is not the clash between two civilisations, but doctrines-religious and ethnic fundamentalism on the one hand, secular consumerist capitalism on the other.”
“It is true of terrorism as it is of modern civil conflicts that men of war prey on the ignorance of the populace to instill fear and arouse hatred”; “murderous, even genocidal ideologies took root in the absence of truthful information and honest education.”
“If only half the effort had gone into teaching those people what unites them, and not what divides them, unspeakable crimes could have been prevented”.
“Literature can bring down violence in today’s world as reading and writing broadens minds. … Two contradictory forces shape the world of letters today … the first is globalisation of human imagination and the second is anxiety of audience.”