Toni Morrison Quotes

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Categories: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
its-been-mentioned-or-suggested-that-paradise-will-not-be-well-studied-because-its-about-this-unimportant-intellectual-topic-which-is-religion
black-literature-is-taught-as-sociology-as-tolerance-not-as-a-serious-rigorous-art-form
at-some-point-in-life-the-worlds-beauty-becomes-enough-you-dont-need-to-photograph-paint-or-even-remember-it-it-is-enough
i-dont-think-a-female-running-a-house-is-a-problem-a-broken-family-its-perceived-as-one-because-of-the-notion-that-a-head-is-a-man
all-water-has-a-perfect-memory-and-is-forever-trying-to-get-back-to-where-it-was
as-you-enter-positions-of-trust-and-power-dream-a-little-before-you-think
the-ability-of-writers-to-imagine-what-is-not-the-self-to-familiarize-the-strange-and-mystify-the-familiar-is-the-test-of-their-power
beloved-you-are-my-sister-you-are-my-daughter-you-are-my-face-you-are-me
love-is-or-it-aint-thin-love-aint-love-at-all
when-there-is-pain-there-are-no-words-all-pain-is-the-same
if-youre-going-to-hold-someone-down-youre-going-to-have-to-hold-on-by-the-other-end-of-the-chain-you-are-confined-by-your-own-repression
there-is-really-nothing-more-to-sayexcept-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
sweet-crazy-conversations-full-of-half-sentences-daydreams-and-misunderstandings-are-more-thrilling-than-understanding-could-ever-be
a-sister-can-be-seen-as-someone-who-is-both-ourselves-and-very-much-not-ourselves-a-special-kind-of-double
the-loneliest-woman-in-the-world-is-the-woman-without-a-close-woman-friend
if-theres-a-book-you-really-want-to-read-but-it-hasnt-been-written-yet-then-you-must-write-it
a-sister-can-be-seen-as-someone-who-is-both-ourselves-much-not-ourselves-special-kind-double
intimacy-is-extremely-important-to-me-i-want-it-to-be-extremely-important-to-readers-toni-morrison
movements-toward-freedom-selfrespect-that-comes-from-something-other-than-what-people-think-is-their-most-important-feature-toni-morrison
let-your-face-speak-whats-in-your-heart-toni-morrison
let-your-face-speak-whats-in-your-heart-when-my-kids-walk-in-room-my-face-says-im-glad-to-see-them-toni-morrison
anger-its-paralyzing-emotion-you-cant-get-anything-done-toni-morrison
i-have-wonderful-pleasure-finishing-book-closing-it-and-i-dont-read-them-later-toni-morrison
sweet-crazy-conversations-full-half-sentences-daydreams-misunderstandings-more-thrilling-than-understanding-could-ever-be-toni-morrison
from-my-point-view-your-life-is-already-miracle-chance-waiting-for-you-to-shape-its-destiny-toni-morrison
your-life-is-already-artfulwaiting-just-waiting-for-you-to-make-it-art-toni-morrison
all-important-things-are-hard-toni-morrison
when-you-stiffen-you-know-that-whatever-you-stiffen-about-is-important-the-stuff-is-important-fear-itself-is-information-toni-morrison
was-it-hard-i-hope-she-didnt-die-hard-sethe-shook-her-head-soft-as-cream-being-alive-was-hard-part-toni-morrison
its-gonna-hurt-now-said-amy-anything-dead-coming-back-to-life-hurts-toni-morrison
you-your-own-best-thing-sethe-you-are-toni-morrison
its-bad-word-belong-especially-when-you-put-it-with-somebody-you-love-you-cant-own-human-being-toni-morrison
freeing-yourself-was-one-thing-claiming-ownership-that-freed-self-was-another-toni-morrison
What do you know about somebody not being good enough for somebody else? And since when did you care whether Corinthians stood up or fell down? You've been laughing at us all your life. Corinthians. Mama. Me. Using us, ordering us, and judging us: how we cook your food; how we keep your house. But now, all of a sudden, you have Corinthians' welfare at heart and break her up from a man you don't approve of. Who are you to approve or disapprove anybody or anything? I was breathing air in the world thirteen years before your lungs were even formed. Corinthians, twelve... but now you know what's best for the very woman who wiped the dribble from your chin because you were too young to know how to spit. Our girlhood was spent like a found nickel on you. When you slept, we were quiet; when you were hungry, we cooked; when you wanted to play, we entertained you; and when you got grown enough to know the difference between a woman and a two-toned Ford, everything in this house stopped for you. You have yet to... move a fleck of your dirt from one place to another. And to this day, you have never asked one of us if we were tired, or sad, or wanted a cup of coffee... Where do you get the RIGHT to decide our lives?... I'll tell you where. From that hog's gut that hangs down between your legs... I didn't go to college because of him. Because I was afraid of what he might do to Mama. You think because you hit him once that we all believe you were protecting her. Taking her side. It's a lie. You were taking over, letting us know you had the right to tell her and all of us what to do... I don't make roses anymore, and you have pissed your last in this house.

Toni Morrison
you-have-pissed-your-last-in-this-house-i-dont-make-velvet-roses-anymore-toni-morrison
she-missed-without-knowing-what-she-missed-paints-crayons-toni-morrison
i-want-to-feel-what-i-feel-whats-mine-even-if-its-not-happiness-whatever-that-means-because-youre-all-youve-got-toni-morrison
if-you-surrendered-to-air-you-could-ride-it-toni-morrison
in-this-country-american-means-white-everybody-else-has-to-hyphenate-toni-morrison
you-are-my-shaper-my-world-as-well-it-is-done-no-need-to-choose-toni-morrison
if-i-hadnt-trained-lula-ann-properly-she-wouldnt-have-known-to-always-cross-street-avoid-white-boys-toni-morrison
she-was-fierce-in-presence-death-heroic-even-as-she-was-at-no-other-time-its-threat-gave-her-direction-clarity-audacity-toni-morrison
like-any-artist-without-art-form-she-became-dangerous-toni-morrison
And when spring comes to the City people notice one another in the road; notice the strangers with whom they share aisles and tables and the space where intimate garments are laundered. going in and out, in and out the same door, they handle the handle; on trolleys and park benches they settle thighs on a seat in which hundreds have done it too. Copper coins dropped in the palm have been swallowed by children and tested by gypsies, but it's still money and people smile at that. It's the time of year when the City urges contradiction most, encouraging you to buy street food when you have no appetite at all; giving you a taste for a single room occupied by you alone as well as a craving to share it with someone you passed in the street. Really there is no contradiction-rather it's a condition; the range of what an artful City can do. What can beat bricks warming up to the sun? The return of awnings. The removal of blankets from horses' backs. Tar softens under the heel and the darkness under bridges changes from gloom to cooling shade. After a light rain, when the leaves have come, tree limbs are like wet fingers playing in woolly green hair. Motor cars become black jet boxes gliding behind hoodlights weakened by mist. On sidewalks turned to satin figures move shoulder first, the crowns of their heads angled shields against the light buckshot that the raindrops are. The faces of children glimpsed at windows appear to be crying, but it is the glass pane dripping that makes it seem so.

Toni Morrison
and-when-spring-comes-to-city-people-notice-one-another-in-road-notice-strangers-with-whom-they-share-aisles-tables-space-where-intimate-garments-are-laundered-going-in-out-in-ou
she-is-friend-my-mind-she-gather-me-man-the-pieces-i-am-she-gather-them-give-them-back-to-me-in-all-right-order-toni-morrison
dont-ever-think-i-fell-for-you-fell-over-you-i-didnt-fall-in-love-i-rose-in-it-toni-morrison
Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something or someplace you want or you believe it has to do with how your body responds to another body like robins or bison or maybe you believe love is how forces or nature or luck is benign to you in particular not maiming or killing you but if so doing it for your own good. Love is none of that. There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. 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. You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn - by practice and careful contemplations - the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God-carefully. And if you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges: the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it. How do you know you have graduated? You don't. What you do know is that you are human and therefore educable, and therefore capable of learning how to learn, and therefore interesting to God, who is interested only in Himself which is to say He is interested only in love. Do you understand me? God is not interested in you. He is interested in love and the bliss it brings to those who understand and share the interest. Couples that enter the sacrament of marriage and are not prepared to go the distance or are not willing to get right with the real love of God cannot thrive. They may cleave together like robins or gulls or anything else that mates for life. But if they eschew this mighty course, at the moment when all are judged for the disposition of their eternal lives, their cleaving won't mean a thing. God bless the pure and holy. Amen.

Toni Morrison
let-me-tell-you-about-love-that-silly-word-you-believe-is-about-whether-you-like-somebody-whether-somebody-likes-you-whether-you-can-put-up-with-somebody-in-order-to-get-somethin
if-they-put-iron-circle-around-your-neck-i-will-bite-it-away-toni-morrison