Zadie Adeline Smith FRSL is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer from the United Kingdom.
Best Zadie Smith Quotes
I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me. ~ Zadie Smith.
We cannot love something solely because it has been ignored. It must also be worthy of our attention. ~ Zadie Smith.
You are never stronger…than when you land on the other side of despair. ~ Zadie Smith.
The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free. ~ Zadie Smith.
Like all readers, I want my limits to be drawn by my own sensibilities, not by my melanin count. ~ Zadie Smith.
There is no bigger crime, in the English comic novel, than thinking you are right. ~ Zadie Smith.
Can’t a rapper insist, like other artists, on a fictional reality, in which he is somehow still on the corner, despite occupying the penthouse suite? ~ Zadie Smith.
It’s difficult to tell the truth about how a book begins. The truth, as far as it can be presented to other people, is either wholly banal or too intimate. ~ Zadie Smith.
I am very selfish, really. I lived for love. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
For ridding oneself of faith is like boiling seawater to retrieve the salt – something is gained but something is lost. ~ Zadie Smith.
I find it impossible to experience either pride or shame over accidents of genetics in which I had no active part. I’m not necessarily proud to be female. I am not even proud to be human – I only love to be so. ~ Zadie Smith.
The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life. ~ Zadie Smith.
You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence. ~ Zadie Smith.
When I was 21, I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for ‘The Simpsons’ who’d briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life. ~ Zadie Smith.
Top Zadie Smith Quotes
The nineties, ecstatic decade! ~ Zadie Smith.
The world is now multicultural the same way the world is round. It’s not a selling point, it’s not a ‘quirky’ feature, it’s not a cynical marketing ploy, it’s not an artistic statement, it’s not even a plot device. It’s a fact, like seedless grapes. ~ Zadie Smith.
Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy. ~ 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.
An essential part of power is the freedom not to think too deeply. ~ Zadie Smith.
The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story. ~ Zadie Smith.
You say you want to talk, But you don’t. You stonewall me. ~ Zadie Smith.
Normally, young writers have all the time in the world and they don’t always use it well. ~ Zadie Smith.
Don’t romanticize 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.
Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed. ~ Zadie Smith.
Don’t live in a way that makes you feel dead. ~ Zadie Smith.
It’s gotten to a point where everybody is concerned about their rights and nobody is concerned about their duties. ~ Zadie Smith.
Inspirational 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. ~ Zadie Smith.
Learning how to be a good reader is what makes you a writer. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories. ~ Zadie Smith.
I recognize myself to be an intensely naïve person. Most novelists are, despite frequent pretensions to deep socio-political insight. ~ Zadie Smith.
Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts. ~ Zadie Smith.
The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential. ~ Zadie Smith.
Art is the Western myth, with which we both console ourselves and make ourselves. ~ Zadie Smith.
People profess to have certain political positions, but their conservatism or liberalism is really the least interesting thing about them. ~ 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. ~ Zadie Smith.
I love to dance, and sing – in the shower, not in public. I’m too old to go raving, but my fondest memories are of that kind of thing – dancing, with lots of people, outside if possible. ~ 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. ~ Zadie Smith.
When I think of the books I love, there’s always a little laughter in the dark. ~ Zadie Smith.
All tastes are expressions of belief. ~ Zadie Smith.
It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those four and a half hours after you write the final word. ~ Zadie Smith.
The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. ~ Zadie Smith.
Famous Zadie Smith Quotes
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.
I cannot believe homosexuality is that much fun. Heterosexuality certainly is not. ~ Zadie Smith.
This is what divorce is: taking things you no longer want from people you no longer love. ~ Zadie Smith.
It made me feel that I had to work very hard, but I’ve always felt I had to work very hard to get my own approval. ~ Zadie Smith.
Any woman who counts on her face is a fool. ~ Zadie Smith.
You don’t have favorites among your children, but you do have allies. ~ Zadie Smith.
I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
No fiction, no myths, no lies, no tangled webs – this is how Irie imagined her homeland. Because homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language. ~ Zadie Smith.
In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution – is not my solution. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
I do my best work under pressure, so I’ll nick an artery, and my husband isn’t allowed to stanch the bleeding till I’ve banged out a chapter. ~ Zadie Smith.
Each couple is its own vaudeville act. ~ Zadie Smith.
Sometimes you get a flash of what you look like to other people. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
Popular Zadie Smith Quotes
In a whisper he began begging for – and, as the sun set, received – the concession people always beg for: a little more time. ~ 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. ~ Zadie Smith.
It’s easy to confuse a woman for a philosophy. ~ Zadie Smith.
Your mid-thirties is a good time because you know a fair amount, you have some self-control. ~ Zadie Smith.
Anyone over the age of thirty catching a bus can consider himself a failure. ~ Zadie Smith.
She hopes for nothing except fine weather and a resolution. She wants to end properly, like a good sentence. ~ Zadie Smith.
You don’t come to live here unless the delusion of a reality shaped around your own desires isn’t a strong aspect of your personality. A reality shaped around your own desires – there is something sociopathic in that ambition. ~ Zadie Smith.
Time is how you spend your love. ~ Zadie Smith.
Full stories are as rare as honesty. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
Any artist who aligns themselves with a politician is making a category error because what politicians do is not on a human scale, it is on a geopolitical scale. ~ Zadie Smith.
I read Carver. Julio Cortazar. Amis’s essays. Baldwin. Lorrie Moore. Capote. Saramago. Larkin. Wodehouse. Anything, anything at all, that doesn’t sound like me. ~ Zadie Smith.
The lack of alternatives to an illegal action does not legitimize that action. ~ Zadie Smith.
A reality shaped around your own desires – there is something sociopathic in that ambition. ~ Zadie Smith.
Fate is a quantity very much like TV: an unstoppable narrative, written, produced and directed by somebody else. ~ Zadie Smith.
It’s got two aspects. The bit that involves the public life I could not really tolerate and cannot really tolerate. I just can’t get used to the idea of being somebody unreal in people’s minds. I can’t live my life like that. ~ Zadie Smith.
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.
It hurts just as much as it is worth. ~ Zadie Smith.
Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. ~ Zadie Smith.
The past is always tense, the future perfect. ~ Zadie Smith.
Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time. ~ Zadie Smith.
So these were the 80 top Zadie Smith quotes on writing, storytelling for emerging and new writers.