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Zadie Smith

British,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 26
Achievement Confuse

Don't confuse honours with achievement.

- Zadie Smith

Empathy Always Will

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

Pleasure Go Been

A lot of people seem to feel that joy is only the most intense version of pleasure, arrived at by the same road - you simply have to go a little further down the track. That has not been my experience.

- Zadie Smith

Friendship Young Very

A lot of women, when they're young, feel they have very good friends, and find later on that friendship is complicated. It's easy to be friends when everyone's 18.

- Zadie Smith

Cut I Think Sentences

I think of reading like a balanced diet; if your sentences are too baggy, too baroque, cut back on fatty Foster Wallace, say, and pick up Kafka as roughage.

- Zadie Smith

Idea Give Read

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

My Life Exact Opposite

I never attended a creative writing class in my life. I have a horror of them; most writers groups moonlight as support groups for the kind of people who think that writing is therapeutic. Writing is the exact opposite of therapy.

- Zadie Smith

Everybody Distinguish Very

It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy. But maybe everybody does this very easily, all the time, and only I am confused.

- Zadie Smith

Cut Some Disturbance

Some people like just sitting down and being taken for a ride. That's a beautiful thing that fiction can do. But it's not the only thing. In television and film, people are ready to accept any kind of jump cut, but the slightest disturbance on the page ruffles their feathers.

- Zadie Smith

Book Going Good Book

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

Funny Thing Rap Very

It's a funny thing about rap, that when you say 'I' into the microphone, it's like a public confession. It's very strange.

- Zadie Smith

Liberalism Profess Least

People profess to have certain political positions, but their conservatism or liberalism is really the least interesting thing about them.

- Zadie Smith

College Your I Write

In my situation, every time I write a sentence, I'm thinking not only of the people I ended up in college with but my siblings, my family, my school friends, the people from my neighborhood. I've come to realize that this is an advantage, really: it keeps you on your toes.

- Zadie Smith

Library Find Absolutely

The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential.

- Zadie Smith

Want Ring Yard

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

Veil Through Lifelong

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

Equality Understand Also

You can't state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.

- Zadie Smith

Website Human Being Set

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

Country Everybody Very

There is a kind of desperate need for somebody to tell everyone what to do, which I find really peculiar in America. And then when you tell them, they're not interested, because it's also a country where everybody's opinion is their opinion, and they really don't give a damn what you think. So it's a very odd experience.

- Zadie Smith

How About Lot

One thing you can't intend is how you will be read. I hear it said a lot that my books are about the 'search for identity', and this is said admiringly, as if I meant to encourage such a search.

- Zadie Smith