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Toni Morrison Quotes

Toni Morrison Quote: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”
Toni Morrison 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: “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “The function of freedom is to free someone else.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “You are your best thing.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Don’t beg anybody for anything, especially love.”
Toni Morrison 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: “Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “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.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Make a difference about something other than yourselves.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “All important things are hard.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “All art is knowing when to stop.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.”
Toni Morrison 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: “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Long before I was a success, my parents made me feel like I could be one.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “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 Quote: “Something that is loved is never lost.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge-even wisdom. Like art.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Can’t nothing heal without pain, you know.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Sexist language, racist language, theistic language – all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.”
Toni Morrison 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: “Let your face speak what’s in your heart.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “When they fall in love with a city, it is for forever and it is like forever.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “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 Quote: “I dream a dream that dreams back at me.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “I always know the ending; that’s where I start.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Clever, but schoolteacher beat him anyway to show him that definitions belonged to the definers – not the defined.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who are you and what you mean.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Shallow believers prefer a shallow God.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Women’s rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “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 Quote: “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “Freedom is choosing your responsibility. It’s not having no responsibilitie s; it’s choosing the ones you want.”
Toni Morrison Quote: “She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”
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