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Toni Morrison Quotes

Anger… it’s a paralyzing emotion… you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless… it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers — and I need clarity, in order to write — and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever. I can feel melancholy, and I can feel full of regret, but anger is something that is useful to the people who watch it… it’s not useful to me.

Interview with Don Swaim (1987)

 

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. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.

Tar Baby (1981)

 

It was not a miracle. Bestowed by God. It was a mercy. Offered by a human. I stayed on my knees. In the dust where my heart will remain each night and every day until you understand what I know and long to tell you: to be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

 

Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace they could imagine. That if they could not see it, they would not have it.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

…to get to a place where you could love anything you chose—not to need permission for desire—well now, that was freedom.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

“She is a friend of my 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.”

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

Nowadays silence is looked on as odd and most of my race has forgotten the beauty of meaning much by saying little.

Love by Toni Morrison

 

Hate does that. Burns off everything but itself, so whatever your grievance is, your face looks just like your enemy’s.

Love (Morrison, Toni) by Toni Morrison

 

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.

Paradise by Toni Morrison

 

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.

Paradise by Toni Morrison

 

Let me tell you right now the one important thing you’ll ever need to know: Own things. And let the things you own own other things. Then you’ll own yourself and other people too.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

 

You think dark is just one color, but it ain’t. There’re five or six kinds of black. Some silky, some woolly. Some just empty. Some like fingers. And it don’t stay still. It moves and changes from one kind of black to another. Saying something is pitch black is like saying something is green.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

 

A daughter is a woman that cares about where she come from and takes care of them that took care of her.

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

 

Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

 

Misery colored by the greens and blues in my mother’s voice took all of the grief out of the words and left me with a conviction that pain was not only endurable, it was sweet.      

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) by Toni Morrison

 

Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. She forgot lust and simple caring for.

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) by Toni Morrison

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