White Teeth Quotes.

1. "You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

2. "Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

3. "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."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

4. "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, White Teeth

5. "Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

6. "...They cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

7. "You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

8. "Our children will be born of our actions. Our accidents will become their destinies. Oh, the actions will remain. It is a simple matter of what you will do when the chips are down, my friend. When the fat lady is singing. When the walls are falling in, and the sky is dark, and the ground is rumbling. In that moment our actions will define us. And it makes no difference whether you are being watched by Allah, Jesus, Buddah, or whether you are not. On cold days a man can see his breath, on a hot day he can't. On both occasions, the man breathes."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

9. "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, White Teeth

10. "...the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect."
- Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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