Toni Morrison Quotes In English

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Toni Morrison Quotes In English

Hello, Welcome in a collection of thoughts and quotes by Toni Morrison on books, writing, burdens, freedom, flying, empowerment, self, emotion, love, insanity, art and story. Our team gives you some quotes about Toni Morrison. She was born on February 18, 1931, Lorain, OH.Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison, 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 brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She died in August 5, 2019, Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division, New York, NY.

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

  • “He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion-‘ ‘I don’t, ‘ She said. ‘I have my own.”

  • “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.”

  • “I wish I’d a knowed more people. I would of loved ‘em all. If I’d a knowed more, I would a loved more.”

  • “Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the stems of milkweed and thought about ants and peach pits and death and where the world went when I closed my eyes.”

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  • “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

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

  • “There in the center of that silence was not eternity but the death of time and a loneliness so profound the word itself had no meaning.”

  • “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”

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

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  • “When you gone to get married? You need to have some babies. It’ll settle you.’ ‘I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.”

  • “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.”

  • “But the picking out, the choosing. Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it. I saw you and made up my mind. My mind.”

  • “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”

  • “Everything depends on knowing how much,” she said, and “Good is knowing when to stop.”

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  • “Was it hard? I hope she didn’t die hard.’ Sethe shook her head. ‘Soft as cream. Being alive was the hard part.”

  • “It never looked as terrible as it was and it made her wonder if hell was a pretty place too. Fire and brimstone all right, but hidden in lacy groves.”

  • “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”

  • “But to find out the truth about how dreams die, one should never take the word of the dreamer.”

  • “It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love … You can’t own a human being.”

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  • “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.”

  • “Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”

  • “She is a friend of my 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.”

  • “Today is always here,’ said Sethe. ‘Tomorrow, never.”

  • “And I am all the things I have ever loved: scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.”

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

  • “If you surrender to the wind you can ride it.”

  • “The presence of evil was something to be first recognized, then dealt with, survived, outwitted, triumphed over.”

  • “Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”

  • “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.”

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  • “We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.”

  • “She learned the intricacy of loneliness: the horror of color, the roar of soundlessness and the menace of familiar objects lying still.”

  • “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”

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

  • “You looked at me then like you knew me, and I thought it really was Eden, and I couldn’t take your eyes in because I was loving the hoof marks on your cheeks.”

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  • “What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want it?”

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

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

  • “You looking good.” “Devil’s confusion. He lets me look good long as I feel bad.”

  • “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.”

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  • “You are your best thing.”

  • “He leans over and takes her hand. With the other he touches her face. ‘You your best thing, Sethe. You are.’ His holding fingers are holding hers.‘Me?”

  • “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.”

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

  • “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.”

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  • “In Ohio seasons are theatrical. Each one enters like a prima donna, convinced its performance is the reason the world has people in it.”

  • “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.”

  • “Lonely, ain’t it? Yes, but my lonely is mine. Now your lonely is somebody else’s. Made by somebody else and handed to you. Ain’t that something? A secondhand lonely.”

  • “…the change was adjustment without improvement.”

  • “They encouraged you to put some of your weight in their hands and soon as you felt how light and lovely it was, they studied your scars and tribulations…”

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

  • “Something that is loved is never lost.”

  • “To get to a place where you could love anything you chose–not to need permission for desire–well now _that_ was freedom.”

  • “Love is never any better than the lover.”

  • “Not knowing it was hard; knowing it was harder.”

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  • “I dream a dream that dreams back at me.”

  • “The function of freedom is to free someone else.”

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

  • “For me, Art is the restoration of order. It may discuss all sort of terrible things, but there must be satisfaction at the end. A little bit of hunger, but also satisfaction.”

  • “Love is divine only and difficult always.”

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

  • “Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging.”

  • “I had only one desire: to dismember it. To see of what it was made, to discover the dearness, to find the beauty, the desirability that had escaped me, but apparently only me.”

  • “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”

  • “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.”

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  • “All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in. [Conversation with Elizabeth Farnsworth, PBS NewsHour, March 9, 1998]”

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

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

  • “Anything dead coming back to life hurts.”

  • “He wants to put his story next to hers.”

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  • “If they put an iron circle around your neck I will bite it away”

  • “Lonely was much better than alone.”

  • “It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.”

  • “A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.”

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

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

  • “You been gone too long, Sula. Not too long, but maybe too far.”

  • “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.”

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

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

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  • “Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love a free man is never safe.”

  • “The real hell of Hell is that it is forever.’ Sula said that. She said doing anything forever and ever was hell.”

  • “Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live.”

  • “O Lord, Sula,” she cried, “girl, girl, girlgirlgirl.” It was a fine cry—loud and long—but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”

  • “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?”

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  • “Say make me, remake me. You are free to do it and I am free to let you because look, look. Look where your hands are. Now.”

  • “Perhaps that’s what all human relationships boil down to: Would you save my life? or would you take it?”

  • “How come it can’t fly no better than a chicken?” “Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

  • “You your best thing, Sethe. You are.”

  • “I write the way women have babies. You don’t know it’s going to be like that. If you did, there’s no way you would go through with it.”

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  • “How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”

  • “You got two feet, Sethe, not four.” he said, and right then a forest sprang up between them; tactless and quiet.”

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

  • “You don’t have to love me but you damn well have to respect me.”

  • “Now he knew why he loved her so. Without ever leaving the ground, she could fly. ‘There must be another one like you,’ he whispered to her. ‘There’s got to be at least one more woman like you.”

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  • “For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”

  • “The loss pressed down on her chest and came up into her throat. it was a fine cry — loud and long — but it had no bottom and no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”

  • “No matter how hard we try to ignore it, the mind always knows truth and wants clarity.”

  • “Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.”

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