Quotes by Zadie Smith

"The past is always tense, the future perfect."

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

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

"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."

"It's a funny thing about the modern world. You hear girls in the toilets of clubs saying, "Yeah, he fucked off and left me. He didn't love me. He just couldn't deal with love. He was too fucked up to know how to love me." Now, how did that happen? What was it about this unlovable century that convinced us we were, despite everything, eminently lovable as a people, as a species? What made us think that anyone who fails to love us is damaged, lacking, malfunctioning in some way? And particularly if they replace us with a god, or a weeping madonna, or the face of Christ in a ciabatta roll---then we call them crazy. Deluded. Regressive. We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time."


Books by Zadie Smith

  • Alice's Adventures
  • 481,486 ratings
  • October 12th 2001 by Bloomsbury USA

    (first published 1871)

  • Beloved
  • 348,704 ratings
  • December 5th 2019 by Vintage

    (first published September 16th 1987)

  • Middlemarch
  • 140,200 ratings
  • September 27th 2012 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1871)

  • White Teeth
  • 130,752 ratings
  • June 12th 2001 by Vintage

    (first published April 1st 2000)

  • On Beauty
  • 74,892 ratings
  • August 29th 2006 by Penguin Books

    (first published June 4th 2005)

  • Swing Time
  • 63,825 ratings
  • November 15th 2016 by Hamish Hamilton
  • The Quiet American
  • 54,072 ratings
  • October 7th 2004 by Vintage Books/Vintage Classics

    (first published December 1955)

  • NW
  • 34,859 ratings
  • September 4th 2012 by Hamish Hamilton
Zadie Smith
  • Zadie Smith

  • Date of birth: October 27, 1975
  • Born: in London Borough of Brent, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Visit www.zadiesmith.com for more information.