– Toni Morrison
Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
Make a difference about something other than yourselves.
You are your best thing.
I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.
When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.
I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can’t teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.
A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.
Everything depends on knowing how much,” she said, and “Good is knowing when to stop.
Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
Love is never any better than the lover.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone.
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.
The function of freedom is to free someone else.
It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.
Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.
My children are delightful people, whom I would love even if they weren’t my children.
Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.
I get angry about things, then go on and work.
No matter how hard we try to ignore it, the mind always knows truth and wants clarity.
Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers.
Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?
There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.