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Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.




Zadie Smith Quotes: "Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you."

Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.




Zadie Smith Quotes: "The past is always tense, the future perfect."

The past is always tense, the future perfect.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories."

Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.




Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Time is how you spend your love."

Time is how you spend your love.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me."

I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me.




Zadie Smith Quotes: "Don't confuse honours with achievement."

Don't confuse honours with achievement.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection."

Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer."

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer."

Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.




Zadie Smith Quotes: "Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet."

Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Cambridge was a joy. Tediously. People reading books in a posh place. It was my fantasy. I loved it. I miss it still."

Cambridge was a joy. Tediously. People reading books in a posh place. It was my fantasy. I loved it. I miss it still.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story."

The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story.



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

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "It's gotten to a point where everybody is concerned about their rights and nobody is concerned about their duties."

It's gotten to a point where everybody is concerned about their rights and nobody is concerned about their duties.



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

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "...They cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow."

...They cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own."

Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "I am very selfish, really. I lived for love."

I am very selfish, really. I lived for love.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "There's a perception that novels can't usually allow for your kind of absolute attention to detail."

There's a perception that novels can't usually allow for your kind of absolute attention to detail.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied."

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 Quotes: "An essential part of power is the freedom not to think too deeply"

An essential part of power is the freedom not to think too deeply



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time."

Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair."

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would."

Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The future's another country, man... And I still ain't got a passport."

The future's another country, man... And I still ain't got a passport.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "I like books that don't give you an easy ride. I like the feeling of discomfort. The sense of being implicated."

I like books that don't give you an easy ride. I like the feeling of discomfort. The sense of being implicated.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life."

The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Rarely does one see a squirrel tremble."

Rarely does one see a squirrel tremble.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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'?"

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'?



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it."

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free."

The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "It's still easier to find the correct Hoover bag than to find one pure person, one pure faith, on the globe."

It's still easier to find the correct Hoover bag than to find one pure person, one pure faith, on the globe.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Under every friendship there is a difficult sentence that must be said, in order that the friendship can be survived."

Under every friendship there is a difficult sentence that must be said, in order that the friendship can be survived.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Don't live in a way that makes you feel dead."

Don't live in a way that makes you feel dead.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "Step back from your Facebook Wall for a moment: Doesn't it, suddenly, look a little ridiculous? Your life in this format?"

Step back from your Facebook Wall for a moment: Doesn't it, suddenly, look a little ridiculous? Your life in this format?



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential."

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Desire is never final, desire is imprecise and impractical [...]"

Desire is never final, desire is imprecise and impractical [...]



Zadie Smith Quotes: "This is what divorce is: taking things you no longer want from people you no longer love."

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



Zadie Smith Quotes: "The object of the passion is just an accessory to the passion itself."

The object of the passion is just an accessory to the passion itself.



Zadie Smith Quotes: "I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate."

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