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    There is no bigger crime, in the English comic novel, than thinking you are right.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: crimes  right  thinking  novel 
     
    People with children will know this: when the childcare is over, it's over on the dot. You immediately have to go into child mode; there's no down time.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: children  time  people  child 
     
    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
    Young people understand the world. They should be listened to on matters of politics and world organization. But they know nothing of their own lives.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  live  world  young  politics 
     
    If you asked me if I wanted more joyful experiences in my life, I wouldn't be at all sure I did, exactly because it proves such a difficult emotion to manage.
    — Zadie Smith
    My life is black and white and mixed. My mother's a Rastafarian, my dad was a short white guy - it's not an affectation. It's also the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  live  world  mother  black 
     
    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
    tags: reading 
     
    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
    I'm always a bit suspicious of writers who have the gift of the gab.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: gift 
     
    The utterly fallacious idea at the heart of the pro-war argument is that it is the duty of the anti-war argument to provide an alternative to war. The onus is on them to explain just cause.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: heart  war  ideas 
     
    There's constantly this melancholy about British hip-hop. People are always waiting for it to explode like American hip-hop, but it might just be that British hip-hop will always be as it is: an underground thing which will stay that way.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  american 
     
    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
    tags: lifestyle  write 
     
    My feeling is, having lived in different classes, that people want equality of opportunity... that's the thing that makes me despair: the idea that people aren't given equality of opportunity.
    — Zadie Smith
    You know, you don't expect everyone to be as educated as everyone else or have the same achievements, but you expect at least to be offered at least some of the opportunities, and libraries are the most simple and the most open way to give people access to books.
    — Zadie Smith
    Nabokov, who I loved more than any other writer when I was young, had such contempt for dialogue. When I was younger, I never wrote a word of dialogue because of him. I thought it was a childish part of a novel.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: thoughts  young  novel 
     
    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
    tags: time  joy  pleasure 
     
    Working with great writers can be humbling and frightening, but it can also change you for good, forever.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: forever 
     
    Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  space  library 
     
    The conflation of the simple in style with the morally prescriptive in character, and the complex in style with the amoral or anarchic in character, seems to me one of the most persistently fallacious beliefs held by English students.
    — Zadie Smith
    Oh yes, my generation liked to be in some pain when they read. The harder it was, the more good we believed it was doing us.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: pain  read 
     
    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
    tags: encourage  identity  book  read 
     
    Normally, young writers have all the time in the world and they don't always use it well.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: time  world  young 
     
    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
    I think I know a thing or two about the way people love, but I don't know anything about hatred, psychosis, cruelty. Or maybe I don't have the guts to admit that I do.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  hatred  cruelty 
     
    I can't add. I don't understand basic science. Or anything else. But I can read anything. I've always been able to, and I've always liked to. Even if I didn't understand it, I liked to.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: read 
     
    When I think of the books I love, there's always a little laughter in the dark.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: laughter  dark  book 
     
    That's the thing about fiction writers: what seems alarming or particular or perverse about them is simply the shape of their brain - they cannot be otherwise.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: brain  fiction 
     
    I don't take notes. I don't have any notebooks. I keep on trying to do that because it seems like a very writerly thing to do, but my mind doesn't work that way. I tend to get the idea for a novel in a big splash.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: work  mind  novel  ideas 
     
    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
    tags: alone  true  read 
     
    Unless you consider yourself some sort of human brand, which I don't, you have to deal with the fact that different people are going to like different aspects of your work. It's not consistent. I am not consistent. But I feel OK with that.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people  work  human  facts 
     
    I want to write without shame or pride or over-compensation in one direction or another. To write freely.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: shame  write  pride 
     
    It seems to me that we often commit ourselves wholly to something while knowing almost nothing concrete about it. Another word for that, I suppose, is 'faith.'
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: knowing  faith 
     
    Books are not brands. Some people are very willing to see themselves as a brand, but you can't be a certain type of writer to a certain type of person all the time. It will kill you.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: time  people  book 
     
    I noticed in America that if you write a book of any kind, you're made to be the representative of all the issues that might surround it.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: america  book  write 
     
    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
    Like all readers, I want my limits to be drawn by my own sensibilities, not by my melanin count.
    — Zadie Smith
    I suppose I often think of my writing as quite impersonal. But it turned out, when my father died, writing was exactly what I wanted to do.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: writing  father 
     
    If you love a young writer, maybe the best thing you can do is give them a little bit of space.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: young  space 
     
    If religion is the opiate of the people, tradition is an even more sinister analgesic, simply because it rarely appears sinister. If religion is a tight band, a throbbing vein, and a needle, tradition is a far homelier concoction: poppy seeds ground into tea; a sweet cocoa drink laced with cocaine; the kind of thing your grandmother might have made.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: people 
     
    Life's not a video game, Felix- there aren't a certain number of points that send you to the next level. There isn't actually any next level. The bad news is that everybody dies at the end. Game Over.
    — Zadie Smith
    tags: bad  die  games 
     
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    zadie smith
    Birth    : October 25, 1975
    Occupation  : Novelist