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.
More Quotes from Zadie Smith:Because immigrants have always been particularly prone to repetition - it's something to do with that experience of moving from West to East or East to West or from island to island. Even when you arrive, you're still going back and forth; your children are going round and round. There's no proper term for it - original sin seems too harsh; maybe original trauma would be better.
Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.
But why think the more reasons there were to sin, the smaller the sin was?
When the male organ of a man stands erect, two thirds of his intelect go away. And one third of his religion.
I'm serious. I don't know how you work like that. My school shit is better organized, and I'm not in the business of World Domination.
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
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