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By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Your mid-thirties is a good time because you know a fair amount, you have some self-control.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

It seems to me now that the deep structures [in writing] are often subconscious and set in childhood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

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

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

There were good and bad kinds of weakness in men, and she had come to the conclusion that the key was to know which kind you were dealing with.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

Extreme inequality fractures communities, and after a while the cracks gape so wide the whole edifice comes tumbling down.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

As long as we encourage a culture of victim hood, said Monty, with the rhythmic smoothness of self-quotation, we will continue to raise victims. And so the cycle of underachievement continues.

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 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

Oh, I know that. You know me, baby, I cannot be broken. Takes a giant to snap me in half.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

Girls either wanted him or wanted to improve him, but most often a combination of the two. They wanted to improve him until he justified the amount they wanted him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

And it's just anathema to being a writer. It's not healthy. But in another way, when I'm writing, what it's about for me is being good on the page. None of that noise could change the way I feel about my writing. Which is not always particularly positive.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

I couldn't imagine her leaving this world without ripping its fabric.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.

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 18 Sep

Zadie Smith

She was the kind of person who never gave you enough time to miss her.

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 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 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 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 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

I don't know about you but I find I want to resist Buber here. Because personally I am pretty attached to my own feelings (and the complex, fascinating personality they imply). But even if I can't accept Buber totally here, I do find him a useful correction to some of my worse instincts. Looking at my life through a Buber lens, for example, I see that it is quite possible that my feelings, as strong as they may be, may disclose no more of reality to me than is afforded by the outline of my own self-image. This is useful knowledge. Every day I am confronted by situations in which I must judge the reality or otherwise of a situation by way of my feelings about it (this is especially acute in marital arguments). But just because I feel something very strongly, does this make it true? Isn't it possible that in may cases where my feelings are strong I may indeed be no different to all those delusional girls in the Bieber signing queue, who have so many feelings for him, after all, so very many sincere, deep, excruciating feelings, which are, of course, what define their identity, what makes of each of them Beliebers ...

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Back then, we were all still willing to take the “risk,” if “risk” is the right word to describe entering into the lives of others, not merely in symbol but in reality.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

The wind picked up, shaking the trees below. She had the sense of being in the country. In the country, if a woman could not face her children, or her friends, or her family – if she were covered in shame – she would probably only need to lay herself down in a field and take her leave by merging, first with the grass underneath her, then with the mulch under that. A city child, Natalie Blake had always been naive about country matters. Still, when it came to the city, she was not mistaken. Here nothing less than a break – a sudden and total rupture – would do.

By Anonym 14 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 - the stand testament to the fact that they have things now, where before they had nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

I always remind myself that [ Jean-Paul] Sartre and [Simone] de Beauvoir didn't have children. And when you don't have children, it might be easier to believe that the child doesn't come with something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

First rule of writing: When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Zadie Smith

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

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 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 18 Sep

Zadie Smith

That feeling. That's the real difference in a life. People who live on solid ground, underneath safe skies, know nothing of this; they are like the English POWs in Dresden who continued to pour tea and dress for dinner, even as the alarms went off, even as the city became a towering ball of fire. Born of a green and pleasant land, a temperate land, the English have a basic inability to conceive of disaster, even when it is man-made.

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 16 Sep

Zadie Smith

I AM NOT A WAITER. I HAVE BEEN A STUDENT, A SCIENTIST, A SOLDIER, MY WIFE IS CALLED ALSANA, WE LIVE IN EAST LONDON BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE NORTH. I AM A MUSLIM BUT ALLAH HAS FORSAKEN ME OR I HAVE FORSAKEN ALLAH, I'M NOT SURE. I HAVE A FRIEND—ARCHIE—AND OTHERS. I AM FORTY-NINE BUT WOMEN STILL TURN IN THE STREET. SOMETIMES. (3.81)

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

This is what divorce is: taking things you no longer want from people you no longer love. ~ Archie Jones

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 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

She represents love, beauty, purity, the ideal female and the moon...and she's the mystère of jealousy, vengeance and discord, AND, on the other hand, of love, perpetual help, goodwill, health, beauty and fortune.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

They were real people who entertained and argued and existed entirely independently from him, although he had set the thing in motion. They had different thoughts and beliefs. ~ on children growing up.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

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.

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 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Cos if it's encyclopedias we've got enough, like, information... and if it's God, you've got the wrong house.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

What interests me in [Lincoln in the Bardo] is a slight perverse balance between the sublime and the grotesque. Like you could have landed only on the sublime. But my argument is that the sublime couldn't exist without this other half.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

For me, [deep structures] might be something very simply to do with the split in my family. That's why I'm always thinking about opposites. It's so childish, really, but that might be simply what it is.

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 13 Sep

Zadie Smith

But sometimes it's like you just meet someone and you just know that you're totally connected, and this person is, like, your brother - or your sister. Even if they don't, like, recognize it, you feel it. And in a lot of ways it don't matter if they do or they don't see that for what it is - all you can do is put the feeling out there. That's your duty. Then you just wait and see what comes back to you. That's the deal.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Zadie Smith

Neither my readers nor I are in the relatively sunlit uplands depicted in White Teeth anymore. 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.

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

Anyone over the age of thirty catching a bus can consider himself a failure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zadie Smith

…maybe the whole Internet will simply become like Facebook: falsely jolly, fake-friendly, self-promoting, slickly disingenuous….” - Zadie Smith

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zadie Smith

Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we're also dark people with dark thoughts.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Zadie Smith

The planet is finished with us, at this point -