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quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison



quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: My world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison


quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: 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? with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: Good editors are really the third eye. Cool. Dispassionate. They don't love you or your work. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison






quote by Toni Morrison: Which was what love was: unmotivated respect. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

Which was what love was: unmotivated respect.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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



quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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






quote by Toni Morrison: The best hiding place was love. Thus the conversion from pristine sadism to fabricated hatred, to fraudulent love. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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


quote by Toni Morrison: We're all surrounded by what I call faux language, fake language of commerce, of news media. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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



quote by Toni Morrison: Lay my head on the railroad line. Train come along; pacify my mind. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison


quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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


quote by Toni Morrison: The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison


quote by Toni Morrison: Unpersecuted, unjailed, unharrassed writers are trouble for the ignorant bully, the sly racist, and the predators feeding off the world's resources. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison





quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

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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.


quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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



quote by Toni Morrison: I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer -- its dust and lowering skies. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison

quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: I didn't fall in love, I rose in it. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: I dream a dream that dreams back at me. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

I dream a dream that dreams back at me.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: I always know the ending; that's where I start. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Let your face speak what's in your heart. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

Let your face speak what's in your heart.

--Toni Morrison

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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.



quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: Something that is loved is never lost. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

Something that is loved is never lost.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: All important things are hard. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

All important things are hard.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: You are your best thing. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

You are your best thing.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

quote by Toni Morrison: 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. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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


quote by Toni Morrison: Black women were armed, black women were dangerous and the less money they had the deadlier the weapon they chose. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: A blessing she was reckless enough to take for granted, lean on, as though Sweet Home was one... A bigger fool never lived. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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
quote by Toni Morrison: Rainwater held on to pine needles for dear life and Beloved could not take her eyes off Sethe. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: You know, the kind who know Jesus by His first name, but out of politeness never use it even to His face. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Carefully they replaced the soil and covered the entire grave with uprooted grass.
Neither one had spoken a word. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: So you protected yourself and loved small. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

So you protected yourself and loved small.

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: Violet learned then what she had forgotten until this moment: that laughter is serious. More complicated, more serious than tears. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison
quote by Toni Morrison: It's gonna hurt, now, said Amy. anything dead coming back to life hurts. with background image: photo of author Toni Morrison with quote

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

--Toni Morrison

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