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Top 300 Zadie Smith Quotes (2022 Update)

Zadie Smith Quote: “The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Time is how you spend your love.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Pulchritude – beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “An essential part of power is the freedom not to think too deeply.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution – is not my solution.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Don’t live in a way that makes you feel dead.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “But it makes an immigrant laugh to hear the fears of the nationalist, scared of infection, penetration, miscegenation, when this is small fry, peanuts, compared to what the immigrant fears – dissolution, disappearance.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Cambridge was a joy. Tediously. People reading books in a posh place. It was my fantasy. I loved it. I miss it still.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I’m very attracted to exile literature – particularly Nabokov – exactly because the idea of being away from home for any serious length of time is so inconceivable to me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “If you’re going to write a good book, you have to make mistakes and you have to not be so cautious all the time.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “We cannot be all the writers all the time. We can only be who we are. Which leads me to my second point: writers do not write what they want, they write what they can.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “When I was 21, I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for ‘The Simpsons’ who’d briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I read Carver. Julio Cortazar. Amis’s essays. Baldwin. Lorrie Moore. Capote. Saramago. Larkin. Wodehouse. Anything, anything at all, that doesn’t sound like me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It hurts just as much as it is worth.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You can’t state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The world is now multicultural the same way the world is round. It’s not a selling point, it’s not a ‘quirky’ feature, it’s not a cynical marketing ploy, it’s not an artistic statement, it’s not even a plot device. It’s a fact, like seedless grapes.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “But the lesson I take from this is not that the lives in that novel were illusory but rather that progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I am very selfish, really. I lived for love.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I do my best work under pressure, so I’ll nick an artery, and my husband isn’t allowed to stanch the bleeding till I’ve banged out a chapter.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. This is hard to do alone.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Generally, women can’t do this, but men retain the ancient ability to leave a family and a past. They just unhook themselves, like removing a fake beard, and skulk discreetly back into society, changed men. Unrecognizable.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You say you want to talk, But you don’t. You stonewall me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Sometimes you get a flash of what you look like to other people.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Art is the Western myth, with which we both console ourselves and make ourselves.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “When the male organ of a man stands erect, two thirds of his intelect go away. And one third of his religion.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Step back from your Facebook Wall for a moment: Doesn’t it, suddenly, look a little ridiculous? Your life in this format?”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Fate is a quantity very much like TV: an unstoppable narrative, written, produced and directed by somebody else.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “A reality shaped around your own desires – there is something sociopathic in that ambition.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Make sure the lubricant is unscented. Don’t join fashionable ‘schools of thought.’ Read everything.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Full stories are as rare as honesty.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s got two aspects. The bit that involves the public life I could not really tolerate and cannot really tolerate. I just can’t get used to the idea of being somebody unreal in people’s minds. I can’t live my life like that.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I recognize myself to be an intensely naive person. Most novelists are, despite frequent pretensions to deep socio-political insight.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I find it impossible to experience either pride or shame over accidents of genetics in which I had no active part. I’m not necessarily proud to be female. I am not even proud to be human – I only love to be so.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Deal with the drops when you can see the ocean.” “Another.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “English, as a subject, never really got over its upstart nature. It tries to bulk itself up with hopeless jargon and specious complexity, tries to imitate subjects it can never be.”
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