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Haroun and The Sea of Stories Quotes


Haroun and The Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie has been one of my favorite authors ever since I stumbled across Midnight’s Children. Since then I have gone through all of his books at least once, but the one I have reread the most is his children’s story Haroun And The Sea of Stories. It’s a kid’s book that isn’t a kid’s book if you don’t want it to be, kind of like Carroll’s Alice books.

Haroun is a book about stories. It is also one of Rushdie’s most quotable works. So today, in honor of the fact that I’m reading the book yet again, I’m going to start a page of Haroun and The Sea of Stories quotes. I’ll add to it whenever I find something that makes me smile, or that I think is worth sharing.

What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?

To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it — well, that’s a way of bringing the said thing into being.

Happy endings must come at the end of something,’ the Walrus pointed out. ‘If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for a while.

Everything comes from somewhere…so these stories can’t simply come out of thin air…

Anybody can tell stories….Liars, and cheats, and crooks, for example. But for stories with that Extra Ingredient, ah, for those, even the best storytellers need the Story Waters

Quotes from Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Deceptively simple.

I’ll stop there for now. If you’re a Rushdie fan and have not yet done so, I also recommend Luka and the Fire of Life, which I view as a companion to Haroun. Both are books I look forward to reading with my own son.


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  • Casey (North and Clark) August 20, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Listened to “Luka and the Fire of Life” as an audio book. Definitely a fun way to do it. It made me want to play nintendo.

  • MaryHood January 8, 2012, 10:59 pm

    Where are the pages for these quotes? I’d love to see them in context…..

    • Josh Hanagarne January 9, 2012, 9:06 am

      I’ll take another look when I get a chance. I need to read it again anyway.

  • georgia November 5, 2012, 12:42 am

    There is a quote somewhere in the book, by Haroun saying how different Gup and Chup are. Would anyone be able to tell it to me?