Toni Morrison Quotes


50 Toni Morrison quotes:



"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."
"Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network."
"I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, from the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people."
"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."
"I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons."
"I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it."
"My children are delightful people, whom I would love even if they weren't my children."
"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."
"Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth."
"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 don't write -ist novels."
"I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway."
"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."
"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."
"Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form."
"Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city."
"Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it."
"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another."
"I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort."
"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."



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