Toni Morrison Quotes


50 Toni Morrison quotes:



"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 get angry about things, then go on and work."
"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 think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort."
"I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway."
"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."
"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
"In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color."
"In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate."
"Make a difference about something other than yourselves."
"My children are delightful people, whom I would love even if they weren't my children."
"Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world. The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable."
"No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That's a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything."
"Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time."
"The body is ready to have babies. Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it, not after 40, when the income can handle it."
"The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book."
"There is nothing of any consequence in education, in the economy, in city planning, in social policy that does not concern black people."
"You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone."



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