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By Anonym 17 Sep

Zadie Smith

Maybe a certain kind of ignorance was the condition. Into the pure nothingness of my non-knowledge something sublime (an event?) beyond (beneath?) consciousness was able to occur.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

The golden age of Luncheon Vouchers ended ten yearsago. For ten years Mickey had been saying, "The goldenage of Luncheon Vouchers is over." And that's what Archieloved about O'Connell's. Everything was remembered,nothing was lost. History was never revised orreinterpreted, adapted or whitewashed. It was as solid andas simple as the encrusted egg on the clock.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

...despite all this, it is still hard to admit that there is no one more English than the Indian, no one more Indian than the English. There are still young white men who are angry about that; who will roll out at closing time into the poorly lit streets with a kitchen knife wrapped in a tight fist. 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

Fate is a quantity very much like TV: an unstoppable narrative, written, produced and directed by somebody else.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Zadie Smith

Some of us are happy with our African hair, thank you very much. I don't want some poor Indian girl's hair. And I wish to God I could buy black hair products from black people for once. How we going to make it in this country if we don't make our own business?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

It reminds me that those of us who turn in disgust from what we consider an overinflated liberal-bourgeois sense of self should be careful what we wish for: our denuded networked selves don't look more free, they just look more owned.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

One thing you learn about the novel as a form is that it's always smarter than you are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

To me, these kind of everyday miseries act as a fatal disqualifier. My sunniest beliefs are basically contingent on the fact that my child is not dying of cancer right now.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Zadie Smith

More silence; children's silence, so desperately desired by adults yet eerie when it finally occurs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

It seems to me,' said Magid finally, as the moon became clearer than the sun, 'that you have tried to love a man as if he were an island and you were shipwrecked and you could mark the land with an X. It seems to me it is too late in the day for all that.' Then he gave her a kiss on the forehead that felt like a baptism and she wept like a baby.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Without the balancing context of everyday life, all you have is the news, and news by its nature is generally bad.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

She hopes for nothing except fine weather and a resolution. She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I know to argue against our online lives seems like the argument of the grumpy, old Luddite novelist, but I really always try to make the argument from the perspective of personal pleasure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I have a natural tendency to feel well about the world, I suppose, one way or another. But then there is the problem of pain. There are things like [Abraham] Lincoln's beloved little boy dying.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

The choices a writer makes within a tradition - preferring Milton to Moliere, caring for Barth over Barthelme - constitute some of the most personal information we can have about him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

Make sure the lubricant is unscented. Don't join fashionable 'schools of thought.' Read everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I'm always interested in the way people speak and move in their environment, in a very particular environment. I'm never interested in writing a kind of neutral, universal novel that could be set anywhere. To me, the any novel is a local thing always.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

The young people have a phrase for this now, which is "slay in your lane." That's a very important principle of writing. You have to work out what it is you can't do, obscure it, and focus on what works.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Bizi sevmeyen herhangi birinin yaralı, eksik ve bir şekilde hasta olduğunu nereden çıkarıyoruz? Özellikle de bir Tanrı'yı veya ağlayan Meryem Ana'yı veya İsa'nın yüzünü bize tercih ettikleri zaman onlara niye deli diyoruz? Aklını yitirmiş. Çılgın. Kendi iyiliğimizden, sevgimizin iyiliğinden öylesine eminiz ki, bizden daha çok sevilmeye değer, bizden daha çok tapınılmaya değer bir şey olabileceği düşüncesine bile tahammül edemiyoruz. Kutlama kartları bize herkesin sevilmeyi hak ettiğini, sürekli olarak söylüyor. Hayır. Herkes temiz suyu hak eder. Ama herkes her zaman sevilmeyi hak etmez.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I know a lot of people who read and think: "George [Saunders] is so much fun." There's no denying you're fun to read, but as a writer I think of [George Saunders] as, in fact, not a fun and freewheeling type but really an obsessive control artist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

150 years ago in [Charles] Dickens's time there was at least a sense of craft. So some of the things people had inside of them, they had the possibility of expressing in the making of things - even in a daily way with their clothes or their food. People made a good deal of both themselves. Now our daily lives are almost all consumption. Craft plays a tiny role.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I don't keep any copies of my books in the house - they go to my mum's flat. I don't like them around.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

No matter what anyone says, suicide takes guts. It's for heroes and martyrs, truly vainglorious men. Archie was none of these. He was a man whose significance in the Greater Scheme of Things could be figured along familiar ratios: Pebble : Beach Raindrop : Ocean Needle : Haystack

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I tap danced for ten years before I began to understand people don't make musicals anymore. All I wanted to do was be at MGM working for Arthur Freed or Gene Kelly or Vincent Minelli. Historical and geographical constraints made this impossible. Slowly but surely the pen became mightier than the double pick-up time step with shuffle.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Zadie Smith

When everyone's building a fence, isn't it a true fool who lives out in the open?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution - is not my solution.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain, to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel lies.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

Those are my bougainvillea—I got Victoria to plant them today, but I don;t know if they will survive. But Right now they have the appearance of survival, which is almost the same thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

We cannot love something solely because it has been ignored. It must also be worthy of our attention.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

You can feel bad... I mean, that's not illegal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

When I was 13, I really used to skip down the street, happy in thinking, "Oh, well, someone's suffering pain in order for me to feel this pleasure.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

İnsanları asla küçümsemeyin, kendilerinin olmayan acıyı izlerken, kötü haber verirken, televizyonda bombaların düşüşünü seyrederken, telefonun öbür ucundaki bastırılmış hıçkırıkları dinlerken, aldıkları keyfi de asla küçümsemeyin. Acı tek başına sadece Acı'dır. Fakat, Acı + Mesafe = eğlence, röntgencilik, insani ilgi, gerçekçi sinema, keyifli bir kahkaha, anlayışlı bir tebessüm, kalkık bir kaş veya gizlenmiş nefret olabilir.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

It wasn't like the spare rooms of immigrants––packed to the rafters with all that they have ever possessed, no matter how defective or damaged, mountains of odds and ends––that stand testament to the fact that they have things now, where before they had nothing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

When the male organ of a man stands erect, two thirds of his intelect go away. And one third of his religion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

Every genuinely literary style, from the high authorial voice to Foster Wallace and his footnotes-within-footnotes, requires the reader to see the world from somewhere in particular, or from many places. So every novelist's literary style is nothing less than an ethical strategy - it's always an attempt to get the reader to care about people who are not the same as he or she is.