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Zadie Smith Quote: “We cannot love something solely because it has been ignored. It must also be worthy of our attention.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It made me feel that I had to work very hard, but I’ve always felt I had to work very hard to get my own approval.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The nineties, ecstatic decade!”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Sometimes, one wants to have the illusion that one is making ones own life, out of ones own resources.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s gotten to a point where everybody is concerned about their rights and nobody is concerned about their duties.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The lack of alternatives to an illegal action does not legitimise that action.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Can’t a rapper insist, like other artists, on a fictional reality, in which he is somehow still on the corner, despite occupying the penthouse suite?”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Any artist who aligns themselves with a politician is making a category error because what politicians do is not on a human scale, it is on a geopolitical scale.”
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.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “A man is a man is a man. His family threatened, his beliefs attacked, his way of life destroyed, his whole world coming to an end – he will kill. Make no mistake. He won’t let the new order roll over him without a struggle.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Your mid-thirties is a good time because you know a fair amount, you have some self-control.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Novels are not about expressing yourself, they’re about something beautiful, funny, clever and organic. Self-expression? Go and ring a bell in a yard if you want to express yourself.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s easy to confuse a woman for a philosophy.”
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: “Desperation, weakness, vulnerability – these things will always be exploited. You need to protect the weak, ring-fence them, with something far stronger than empathy.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Life’s not a video game, Felix- there aren’t a certain number of points that send you to the next level. There isn’t actually any next level. The bad news is that everybody dies at the end. Game Over.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Sometimes Allah punishes and sometimes men have to do it, and it is a wise man who knows if it’s Allah’s turn or his own.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “No fiction, no myths, no lies, no tangled webs – this is how Irie imagined her homeland. Because homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “She hopes for nothing except fine weather and a resolution. She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You don’t come to live here unless the delusion of a reality shaped around your own desires isn’t a strong aspect of your personality. A reality shaped around your own desires – there is something sociopathic in that ambition.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “They had nothing to say to each other. A five-year age gap between siblings is like a garden that needs constant attention. Even three months apart allows the weeds to grow up between you.”
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: “I love to dance, and sing – in the shower, not in public. Im too old to go raving, but my fondest memories are of that kind of thing – dancing, with lots of people, outside if possible.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “For ridding oneself of faith is like boiling seawater to retrieve the salt – something is gained but something is lost.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Anyone over the age of thirty catching a bus can consider himself a failure.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Art is the Western myth, with which we both console ourselves and make ourselves.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those four and a half hours after you write the final word.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You don’t have favourites among your children, but you do have allies.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “And so it happened again, the daily miracle whereby interiority opens out and brings to bloom the million-petalled flower of being here, in the world, with other people. Neither as hard as she had thought it might be nor as easy as it appeared.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It hurts just as much as it is worth.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I lost many literary battles the day I read ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.’ I had to concede that occasionally aphorisms have their power. I had to give up the idea that Keats had a monopoly on the lyrical.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Then he gave her a kiss on the forehead that felt like a baptism and she wept like a baby.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “It’s difficult to tell the truth about how a book begins. The truth, as far as it can be presented to other people, is either wholly banal or too intimate.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “In a whisper he began begging for – and, as the sun set, received – the concession people always beg for: a little more time.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The idea that motherhood is inherently somehow a threat to creativity is just absurd.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “I’m a writer who never writes about sex. It’s so far from my own fictional world.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “People don’t settle for people. They resolve to be with them. It takes faith. You draw a circle in the sand and agree to stand in it and believe in it.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Under every friendship there is a difficult sentence that must be said, in order that the friendship can be survived.”
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: “When people use that stream of consciousness, it’s kind of just a term they use for anything that looks slightly different on the page.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The object of the passion is just an accessory to the passion itself.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “To a novelist, fluidity is the ultimate good omen; suddenly difficult problems are simply solved, intractable structural knots loosen themselves, and you come upon the key without even recognizing that this is what you hold.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Rarely does one see a squirrel tremble.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “First rule of writing: When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “Revelation is where all crazy people end up. It’s the last stop on the nutso express.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “You’re a library of me.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “On cold days a man can see his breath, on a hot day he can’t. On both occasions, the man breathes.”
Zadie Smith Quote: “The lady was old, the lady was ill. It didn’t matter what the lady believed.”
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