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275 Inspiring Quotes by Toni Morrison

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Wikipedia Summary for Toni Morrison

Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), known as Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she gained worldwide recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.\n\nA. in English. In 1955, she earned a master's degree in American Literature from Cornell University. In 1957 she returned to Howard University, was married, and had two children before divorcing in 1964. In the late 1960s, she became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. In the 1970s and 1980s, she developed her own reputation as an author, and her perhaps most celebrated work, Beloved, was made into a 1998 film. Her works are praised for addressing the harsh consequences of racism in the United States.

In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. The very same year, she was honored with the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. In 2020, Morrison was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

green trees on body of water during daytime

It was a fine cry -- loud and long -- but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.

--Toni Morrison

sunset

Let your face speak what's in your heart.

--Toni Morrison

Longer Version:

Let your face speak what's in your heart. When my kids walk in the room my face says I'm glad to see them.


pink and white tulips on white surface

Good editors are really the third eye. Cool. Dispassionate. They don't love you or your work.

--Toni Morrison

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

The peacock jumped onto the hood of the Buick and once more spread its tail, sending the flashy Buick into oblivion.

--Toni Morrison


woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Funny how you lose sight of some things and memory others.

--Toni Morrison

black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

I began to realize that this idea of the lighter the better and the darker the worse was really -- had an impact on sororities, on friendships, on all sorts of things, and it was stunning to me.

--Toni Morrison

blue sky with stars during night time

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.

--Toni Morrison

silhouette of mountain

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

--Toni Morrison

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

The righteous look every Negro learned to recognize along with his ma'am's tit. Like a flag hoisted, this righteousness telegraphed and announced the faggot, the whip, the fist, the lie, long before it went public.

--Toni Morrison

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

We're all surrounded by what I call faux language, fake language of commerce, of news media.

--Toni Morrison

pink flower

It's gonna hurt, now," said Amy. "anything dead coming back to life hurts.

--Toni Morrison

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day.

--Toni Morrison



toddlers standing outdoors

Anything I have ever learned of any consequence, I have learned from Black people. I have never been bored by any Black person, ever.

--Toni Morrison

white sand

Knowing that she would hate him long and well filled her with pleasant anticipation, like when you know you are going to fall in love with someone and you wait for the happy signs.

--Toni Morrison

brown mountains under blue sky

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.

--Toni Morrison


red yellow and blue paint

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

--Toni Morrison




white-and-pink flowers

The best hiding place was love. Thus the conversion from pristine sadism to fabricated hatred, to fraudulent love.

--Toni Morrison


black portable vinyl records

I dream a dream that dreams back at me.

--Toni Morrison



white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Our debates, for the most part, are examples unworthy of a playground: name-calling, verbal slaps, gossip, giggles, all while the swings and slides of governance remain empty.

--Toni Morrison


grey cliff near body of water

She heard it as though it were what language was made for.

--Toni Morrison




red metal bridge over river

Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances.

--Toni Morrison

sunset

You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone.

--Toni Morrison

green mountains beside lake under blue sky during daytime

You are your best thing.

--Toni Morrison





blue and white abstract painting

People say to write about what you know. I'm here to tell you, no one wants to read that, cos you don't know anything. So write about something you don't know. And don't be scared, ever.

--Toni Morrison

beach during daytime

Pain. I seem to have an affection, a kind of sweettooth for it. Bolts of lightning, little rivulets of thunder. And I the eye of the storm.

--Toni Morrison

toddlers standing outdoors

Evil is just sort of ultimately boring. The good thing is just complicated. It's more provocative to me and more stimulating to me.

--Toni Morrison

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

They were, in fact and at last, free. And the lives of these old black women were synthesized in their eyes -- a puree of tragedy and humor, wickedness and serenity, truth and fantasy.

--Toni Morrison


person holding dried beans

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

--Toni Morrison

yellow sunflower in close up photography

All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.

--Toni Morrison

stars across the sky view at the desert

Violet learned then what she had forgotten until this moment: that laughter is serious. More complicated, more serious than tears.

--Toni Morrison



sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.

--Toni Morrison

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

The thrill that came with each blow was wonderfully familiar. Unable to stop and unwilling to, Frank kept going even though the big man was unconscious. The women stopped clawing each other and pulled at Frank's collar.

--Toni Morrison

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.

--Toni Morrison

Arizona landscape

Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.

--Toni Morrison


person holding yellow petaled flower

Which was what love was: unmotivated respect.

--Toni Morrison

sunset dirt road

Don't beg anybody for anything, especially love.

--Toni Morrison

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake -- otherwise it just walks on in your door.

--Toni Morrison

pink rose in close up photography

We live in a world where justice equals vengeance. Where private profit drives public policy.

--Toni Morrison




green background

At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough.

--Toni Morrison

adult black and tan dachshund

They were not holding hands, but their shadows were.

--Toni Morrison

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

Let me tell you something. A man ain't a goddamn ax. Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can't chop down because they're inside.

--Toni Morrison

woman standing on cliff

Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.

--Toni Morrison


brown and white wooden star print board

I don't know everything, I just do everything.

--Toni Morrison

person holding gray leaf

Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.

--Toni Morrison


blue sky with stars during night time

There is really nothing more to say -- except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

--Toni Morrison



blue wallpaper

You looking good." "Devil's confusion. He lets me look good long as I feel bad.

--Toni Morrison


brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

All important things are hard.

--Toni Morrison

red flame

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.

--Toni Morrison

pink and white roses on white surface

The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers.

--Toni Morrison


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Race is the least reliable information you can have about someone. It's real information, but it tells you next to nothing.

--Toni Morrison


Longer Version:

Every now and then she looked around for tangible evidence of his having ever been there. Where were the butterflies? the blueberries? the whistling reed? She could find nothing, for he had left nothing but his stunning absence. An absence so decorative, so ornate, it was difficult for her to understand how she had ever endured, without falling dead or being consumed, his magnificent presence.


pink and blue painted wall

Black women were armed, black women were dangerous and the less money they had the deadlier the weapon they chose.

--Toni Morrison

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network.

--Toni Morrison

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Rainwater held on to pine needles for dear life and Beloved could not take her eyes off Sethe.

--Toni Morrison

brown rugby ball

He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion...‘
‘I don't, ‘ She said. ‘I have my own.'

--Toni Morrison






brown and gray brick wall

You marvel at the economy and this choice of words. How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon? After Sylvia Plath, what can you say?

--Toni Morrison

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

--Toni Morrison








turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

Laughter is more serious than tears.

--Toni Morrison

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

If they put an iron circle around your neck I will bite it away.

--Toni Morrison




landscape photography of mountain

Didn't everything on God's earth have or acquire defense?

--Toni Morrison

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

How come it can't fly no better than a chicken?' Milkman asked.

--Toni Morrison



brown wooden door with silver door lever

The concept of physical beauty as a virtue is one of the dumbest, most pernicious and destructive ideas of the Western world, and we should have nothing to do with it.

--Toni Morrison

silhouette of off-road car

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves a special kind of double.

--Toni Morrison


blue textile on brown wooden table

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

--Toni Morrison

blue painted wall with white paint

To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.

--Toni Morrison


closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

An editor is like a priest or a psychiatrist; if you get the wrong one then you are better off alone.

--Toni Morrison

red and yellow abstract painting

My world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger.

--Toni Morrison

pink and white clouds

Here Stands A Man.
Wishful thinking, perhaps, but he could have sworn the sweet bay was pleased to agree. Its olive-green leaves went wild in the glow of a fat cherry-red sun.

--Toni Morrison

man wearing knit cap on grey background

Unpersecuted, unjailed, unharrassed writers are trouble for the ignorant bully, the sly racist, and the predators feeding off the world's resources.

--Toni Morrison




sunset

The language must be careful and must appear effortless. It must not sweat. It must suggest and be provocative at the same time.

--Toni Morrison


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

For the mouths of her children quickly forgot the taste of her nipples, and years ago they had begun to look past her face into the nearest stretch of sky.

--Toni Morrison


three pink tulip flowers

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

--Toni Morrison


man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.

--Toni Morrison

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.

--Toni Morrison

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

I always know the ending; that's where I start.

--Toni Morrison

white and red flower with green leaves

Both of these remappings encourage and repel the relocation of large numbers of peoples.

--Toni Morrison

grayscale photography of raindrops

And she had nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything. And out of profound desolation of her reality, she may very well have invented herself.

--Toni Morrison


aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons.

--Toni Morrison

two clown fishes underwater

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing.

--Toni Morrison

man standing outdoors

Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Can't nobody fly with all that shit. Wanna fly, you gotta give up the shit that weighs you down.

--Toni Morrison

blooming pink flower

Nowadays silence is looked on as odd and most of my race has forgotten the beauty of meaning much by saying little. Now tongues work all day by themselves with no help from the mind.

--Toni Morrison


white flower graphic wallpaper

Racism will disappear when it's no longer profitable, and no longer psychologically useful. And when that happens, it'll be gone. But at the moment, people make a lot of money off of it, pro and con.

--Toni Morrison

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Amy dragged her eyes over Sethe's face as though she would never give out so confidential a piece of information as that to a perfect stranger.

--Toni Morrison


red flowers under the blue sky

Carefully they replaced the soil and covered the entire grave with uprooted grass.
Neither one had spoken a word.

--Toni Morrison

castle surrounded fog

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

--Toni Morrison

sea during daytime

I know what every colored woman in this country is doing... Dying. Just like me. But the difference is they dying like a stump. Me, I'm going down like one of those redwoods. I sure did live in this world.

--Toni Morrison



bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

I can't explain inspiration. A writer is either compelled to write or not. And if I waited for inspiration I wouldn't really be a writer.

--Toni Morrison


person in black hoodie using laptop computer

We had dropped our seeds in our own little plot of black dirt just as Pecola's father had dropped his seeds in his own plot of black dirt. Our Innocence and faith were no more productive than his lust or despair.

--Toni Morrison

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I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, for the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people.

--Toni Morrison


person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

I like marriage. The idea.

--Toni Morrison

pink petaled flower on white surface

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about.

--Toni Morrison



rocky mountain

Slave life; freed life -- everyday was a test and a trial. Nothing could be counted on in a world where even you were a solution you were a problem.

--Toni Morrison

brown and white humming bird

She had not lived by the sea all those years, listened to the wharfman's songs all that time, to spend her life in the soundless cave of Elihue's mind.

--Toni Morrison

desert grassland

Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.

--Toni Morrison


three boys running on field

I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.

--Toni Morrison




Arizona landscape

Struggling through the work is extremely important--more important to me than publishing it.

--Toni Morrison

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Her passions were narrow but deep.

--Toni Morrison



red and white petaled flower close-up photography

Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God.

--Toni Morrison

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Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world. The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable.

--Toni Morrison

concert photos

God take what He would," she said. And He did, and He did, and He did and then gave her Halle who gave her freedom when it didn't mean a thing.

--Toni Morrison

lion on green grass during golden hour

You know, the kind who know Jesus by His first name, but out of politeness never use it even to His face.

--Toni Morrison


photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

One of my kids was born in 1968. There were going to be political difficulties, but they were never going to have that level of hatred and contempt that my brothers and my sister and myself were exposed to.

--Toni Morrison

green trees

It was my father who could do no wrong. So I didn't think of it as, oh, look, my father's a violent man.

--Toni Morrison

multicolored abstract painting

Birth, life, and death -- each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.

--Toni Morrison

city lights from hill

What's fair ain't necessarily right.

--Toni Morrison

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

We read about how Ajax and Achilles will die for each other, but very little about the friendship of women.

--Toni Morrison


gray concrete painted wall

It's been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it's about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion.

--Toni Morrison

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

--Toni Morrison

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen.

--Toni Morrison


yellow and white painted wall

I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.

--Toni Morrison

grey hlalway

Like Guitar in Son of Solomon, and Son in Tar Baby, he believed that harmony could never exist between the races.

--Toni Morrison

red flower in white background

Those white things have taken all I had or dreamed," she said, "and broke my heartstrings too. There is no bad luck in the world but whitefolks.

--Toni Morrison


black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Obama is creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom ... He is the man for this time.

--Toni Morrison

None

If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.

--Toni Morrison

white flower

Something that is loved is never lost.

--Toni Morrison


tan wallpaper

In time the whole family perked up like Sesame Street puppets, hoping that cheer, if worked at hard enough, could sugar the living and quiet the dead.

--Toni Morrison

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.

--Toni Morrison

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

Whatever happens, whether you get rich or stay poor, ruin your health or live to old age, you always end up back where you started: hungry for the one thing everybody loses -- young loving.

--Toni Morrison

pink and blue sky with moon

If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.

--Toni Morrison

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

She is not so afraid at night because she is the color of it.

--Toni Morrison


orange and white stone fragment

Beginning 'Beloved' with numerals rather than spelled out numbers, it was my intention to give the house an identity separate from the street or even the city.

--Toni Morrison

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Not knowing it was hard; knowing it was harder.

--Toni Morrison

pink flowers with white background

A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.

--Toni Morrison

landscape photography of mountain

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.

--Toni Morrison


paper

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

--Toni Morrison

photo of gray elephant on grass

The human body is robust. It can gather strength when it's in mortal danger.

--Toni Morrison

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Our ancestors are an ever widening circle of hope.

--Toni Morrison




yellow sunflower in close up photography

The hopelessness that comes from knowing too little and feeling too much (so brittle, so dry he is in danger of the reverse: feeling nothing and knowing everything).

--Toni Morrison

pink and white roses on white surface

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway.

--Toni Morrison

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

I sold my elegant blackness to all those childhood ghosts and now they pay me for it.

--Toni Morrison

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?

--Toni Morrison


photo of clear sky full of stars

The screams of a hurt woman were indistinguishable from everyday traffic.

--Toni Morrison


silhouette of mountain during golden hour

Language can never 'pin down' slavery, genocide, war. Nor should it yearn for the arrogance to be able to do so. Its force, its felicity, is in its reach toward the ineffable.

--Toni Morrison

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Make a difference about something other than yourselves.

--Toni Morrison

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

So you protected yourself and loved small.

--Toni Morrison

None

He fell for an eighteen-year old girl with one of those deepdown spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going.

--Toni Morrison


empty seashore near high-rise building

Writing is really a way of thinking -- not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.

--Toni Morrison

silhouette of off-road car

I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer -- its dust and lowering skies.

--Toni Morrison

blue and white abstract painting

I'm a writer in the world. I translate the confusion that I might feel, the dread that I know I feel, moving towards some other place, moving away from puny language, from all that dread into some other kind of language.

--Toni Morrison




woman standing on sunflower field

You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down.

--Toni Morrison

two clown fishes underwater

No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.

--Toni Morrison

raging waves through shores

There is no civilization that did not begin with art, Whether it was drawing a line in the sand, painting a cave or dancing.

--Toni Morrison



pink

Home is memory, home is your history, home is where you work. Some people want to abandon it and become truly local. But the questions are all there.

--Toni Morrison

blue sky with white clouds

Maybe it hadn't been a community, but it had been a place. Now there weren't any places left, just separate houses with separate televisions and separate televisions and less and less dropping by.

--Toni Morrison


cloudy sky

Lay my head on the railroad line. Train come along; pacify my mind.

--Toni Morrison

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

I don't believe any real artists have ever been non-political. They may have been insensitive to this particular plight or insensitive to that, but they were political, because that's what an artist is-a politician.

--Toni Morrison

couple kissing under gray clouds

He wants to put his story next to hers.

--Toni Morrison

Arizona landscape

My first-born. All I can remember of her is how she loved the burned bottom of bread. Can you beat that? Eight children and that's all I remember.

--Toni Morrison

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Would it be all right? Would it be all right to go ahead and feel? Go ahead and count on something?

--Toni Morrison

silhouette of trees during sunset

The seeds of destruction lie in the definition of "chosen-ness" and can easily blossom into bigotry. It's not inevitable but it needs constant care to avoid.

--Toni Morrison


bird in the sky

A blessing she was reckless enough to take for granted, lean on, as though Sweet Home was one... A bigger fool never lived.

--Toni Morrison

pink rose flower

The habit of getting up early, which I had formed when the children were young, now became my choice. I am not very bright or very witty or very inventive after the sun goes down.

--Toni Morrison


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

I don't work. I keep telling people I'm unemployed. And I don't wash dishes, and I don't wash clothes, and I don't clean my house. Somebody else does that.

--Toni Morrison


blue, yellow, and purple starry sky during nighttime

Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.

--Toni Morrison







black mountain under blue sky during night time

No gasp at a miracle that is truly miraculous because the magic lies in the fact that you knew it was there for you all along.

--Toni Morrison

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.

--Toni Morrison





silhouette photo of mountain during night time

When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else's child, do your eyes light up? That's what they're looking for.

--Toni Morrison


red textile in close up photography

Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are.

--Toni Morrison

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.

--Toni Morrison

person holding flowers

I get angry about things, then go on and work.

--Toni Morrison


yellow flower

Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.

--Toni Morrison

grassland landscape

Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth.

--Toni Morrison

man and woman kissing

The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.

--Toni Morrison



grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book.

--Toni Morrison

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

When am I happy and when am I sad and what is the difference? What do I need to know to stay alive? What is true in the world?

--Toni Morrison

body of water photo

When I went into the publishing industry, many women talked about the difficulty they had in persuading their families to let them go to college. They educated the boys, and the girls had to struggle.

--Toni Morrison

ice berg

There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race -- scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct... it has a social function, racism.

--Toni Morrison

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