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Zadie Smith Quote: “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.”
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: “You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”
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: “Don’t live in a way that makes you feel dead.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I am very selfish, really. I lived for love.”
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: “Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed.”
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: “You say you want to talk, But you don’t. You stonewall me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “A reality shaped around your own desires – there is something sociopathic in that ambition.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Fate is a quantity very much like TV: an unstoppable narrative, written, produced and directed by somebody else.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Sometimes you get a flash of what you look like to other people.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Make sure the lubricant is unscented. Don’t join fashionable ‘schools of thought.’ Read everything.”
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: “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: “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: “I like books that expose me to people unlike me and books that do battle against caricature or simplification. That, to me, is the heroic in fiction.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Full stories are as rare as honesty.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Any woman who counts on her face is a fool.”
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: “People profess to have certain political positions, but their conservatism or liberalism is really the least interesting thing about them.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I cannot believe homosexuality is that much fun. Heterosexuality certainly is not.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Each couple is its own vaudeville act.”
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: “All tastes are expressions of belief.”
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