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You can't state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.
As far as I'm concerned, if you want to find out about the last day of WWII or the roots of the Indian Mutiny, get thee to a books catalogue.
Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
The past is always tense, the future perfect.
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
Time is how you spend your love.
I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me.
Don't confuse honours with achievement.
Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.
The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.
Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer.
She wore her sexuality with an older woman's ease, and not like an awkward purse, never knowing how to hold it, where to hang it, or when to just put it down.
Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.
Cambridge was a joy. Tediously. People reading books in a posh place. It was my fantasy. I loved it. I miss it still.
The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story.
…maybe the whole Internet will simply become like Facebook: falsely jolly, fake-friendly, self-promoting, slickly disingenuous….” - Zadie Smith
It's gotten to a point where everybody is concerned about their rights and nobody is concerned about their duties.
Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we're also dark people with dark thoughts.
...They cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow.
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.
Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.
I am very selfish, really. I lived for love.
There's a perception that novels can't usually allow for your kind of absolute attention to detail.
Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.
An essential part of power is the freedom not to think too deeply
Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.
You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair.
Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
The future's another country, man... And I still ain't got a passport.
I like books that don't give you an easy ride. I like the feeling of discomfort. The sense of being implicated.
The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.
My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That's no length for a short story to be. You either do them short like Carver or you stop trying.
Rarely does one see a squirrel tremble.
Are there other people who, when watching a documentary set in a prison, secretly think, as I have, 'Wish I had all that time to read'?
Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it.
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.
The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.
It's still easier to find the correct Hoover bag than to find one pure person, one pure faith, on the globe.
Under every friendship there is a difficult sentence that must be said, in order that the friendship can be survived.
Don't live in a way that makes you feel dead.
Step back from your Facebook Wall for a moment: Doesn't it, suddenly, look a little ridiculous? Your life in this format?
The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential.
But surely to tell these tall tales and others like them would be to spread the myth, the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.
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.
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.
Desire is never final, desire is imprecise and impractical [...]
This is what divorce is: taking things you no longer want from people you no longer love.
The object of the passion is just an accessory to the passion itself.
I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate.