Zadie Smith Quotes & Sayings

92 most famous Zadie Smith quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for her. She's a 41 year old Jamaican novelist born on Oct 27, 1975.

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.”
“Asking why rappers always talk about their stuff is like asking why Milton is forever listing the attributes of heavenly armies. Because boasting is a formal condition of the epic form. And those taught that they deserve nothing rightly enjoy it when they succeed in terms the culture understands.”
Zadie Smith Quotes
“You can't state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.”
Zadie Smith Quotes
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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.”
Zadie Smith Quotes
“The library was the place I went to find out what there was to know. It was absolutely essential.”
Zadie Smith Quotes
“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 Quotes
“Desperation, weakness, vulnerability - these things will always be exploited. You need to protect the weak, ring-fence them, with something far stronger than empathy.”

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