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Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “We cry ’cause we slave. In night time we cry, we say we born and raised to be free people and now we slave. We doan know why we be bring ’way from our country to work lak dis. It strange to us. Everybody lookee at us strange. We want to talk wid de udder colored folkses but dey doan know whut we say. Some makee de fun at us.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “That which she silences or deletes, similarly, is all that her readership would draw upon to delimit or pigeonhole her life as a synecdoche of “the race problem,” an exceptional part standing for the debased whole.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “I am the kind of a woman that likes to move on mentally from point to point, and I like for my man to be there way ahead of me. Then if he is strong and honest, it goes on from there. Good looks are not essential, just extra added attraction.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “The sounds lulled Janie to soft slumber and she woke up with Tea Cake combing her hair.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “De wife she de eyes to de man’s soul. How kin I see now, when I ain’ gottee de eyes no mo’?”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes... Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Maybe if she had known some other way to try, she might have made his face different. But what the other way could be, she had no idea.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “I thought that when they said Atlantic Charter, that meant me and everybody in Africa and Asia and everywhere. But it seems like the Atlantic is an ocean that does not touch anywhere but North America and Europe.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Light came to me when I realized that I did not have to consider any racial group as a whole. God made them duck by duck and that was the only way I could see them.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “For what can excuse a man in the eyes of other men for lack of strength?”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Ah jus’ know dat God snatched me out de fire through you. And Ah loves yuh and feel glad.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “God was grumbling his thunder and playing the zig-zag lightning thru his fingers.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “When Janie looked out of her door she saw the drifting mists gathered in the west – that cloud field of the sky – to arm themselves with thunders and march forth against the world. Louder and higher and lower and wider the sound and motion spread, mounting, sinking, darking.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “She tore off the kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was there.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “He felt as empty as a post hole for he was none of the things he once had been. He was a man sitting on a rock. He had crossed over.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Uh woman by herself is uh pitiful thing,” she was told over and again.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Now, women forget all the things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “That which she chooses to reveal is the life of her imagination, as it sought to mold and interpret her environment.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Hurston’s mythic realism, lush and dense within a lyrical black idiom, seemed politically retrograde to the proponents of a social or critical realism.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “De first street lamp in uh colored town. Lift yo’ eyes and gaze on it. And when Ah touch de match tuh dat lamp-wick let de light penetrate inside of yuh, and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “You got me in de go-long.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “The myths she describes so accurately are in fact “alternative modes for perceiving reality,” and never just condescending depictions of the quaint.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Lot’s wife lookee back and turn to a pillar of salt and she be dere till Judgment Day. Poor Cudjo, I no lookee back. I pressee forward.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “To me, bitterness is the under-arm odor of wishful weakness. It is the graceless acknowledgment of defeat. I have no urge to make any concessions like that to the world as yet. I might be like that some day, but I doubt it. I am in the struggle with the sword in my hands, and I don’t intend to run until you run me. So why give off the smell of something dead under the house while I am still in there tussling with my sword in my hand?”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “There was no doubt that the town respected him and even admired him in a way. But any man who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate. So when speakers stood up when the occasion demanded and said “Our beloved Mayor,” it was one of those statements that everybody says but nobody actually believes like “God is everywhere.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “I was born in a Negro town.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “She had been getting ready for her journey to the horizons in search of people; it was important to all the world that she should find them and they find her. But she had been whipped like a cur dog, and run off down a back road after things.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Hurrying, dragging, falling, crying, calling out names hopefully and hopelessly.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “It is this urge that resonates in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Beloved, and in Walker’s depiction of Hurston as our prime symbol of “racial health – a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings, a sense that is lacking in so much black writing and literature.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Anyone who looked more white folkish than herself was better than she was in her criteria, therefore it was right that they should be cruel to her at times, just as she was cruel to those more negroid than herself in direct ratio to their negroness.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “People ugly from ignorance and broken from being poor.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “She must look on herself as the bell-cow, the other women were the gang.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “It was bad enough for white people, but when one of your own color could be so different: it put you in a wonder.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “The present was too urgent to let the past intrude.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “He ain’t kissin’ yo’ mouf when he carry on over yuh lak dat. He’s kissin’ yo’ foot and ’tain’t in uh man tuh kiss foot long. Mouf kissin’ is on uh equal and dat’s natural but when dey got to bow down tuh love, dey soon straightens up.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “She was too busy feeling grief to dress like grief.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Papa used to shake his head at this and say, “What’s de use of me taking my fist to a poor weakly thing like a woman? Anyhow, you got to submit yourself to ’em, so there ain’t no use in beating on ’em and then have to go back and beg ’em pardon.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “So I do not pray. I accept the means at my disposal for working out my destiny. It seems to me that I have been given a mind and will power for that very purpose.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Tain’t no trouble tuh say whut’s already so.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “You got de keys to de kingdom.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Looking, waiting, breathing short with impatience. Waiting for the world to be made.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “But nothin’ can stop you from wishin’.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “Their Eyes is a bold feminist novel, the first to be explicitly so in the Afro-American tradition.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “The town had a basketful of feelings good and bad about Joe’s positions and possessions, but none had the temerity to challenge him. They bowed down to him rather, because he was all of these things, and then again he was all of these things because the town bowed down.”
Zora Neale Hurston Quote: “All of the people took it up and sung it over and over until it was wrung dry, and no further innovations of tone and tempo were conceivable. Then they hushed and ate barbecue.”
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