40 Toni Morrison Quotes That Will Motivate You

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40 Best Toni Morrison Quotes

1. “Anything dead coming back to life hurts.” – Toni Morrison

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2. “We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.” – Toni Morrison

3. “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” – Toni Morrison

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4. “Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.” – Toni Morrison

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5. “He wants to put his story next to hers.” – Toni Morrison

6. “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” – Toni Morrison

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7. “A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.” – Toni Morrison

8. “Something that is loved is never lost.” – Toni Morrison

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9. “Beauty was not simply something to behold it was something one could do.” – Toni Morrison

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10. “Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging.” – Toni Morrison

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11. “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” – Toni Morrison

12. “It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.” – Toni Morrison

13. “We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.” – Toni Morrison

14. “The presence of evil was something to be first recognized, then dealt with, survived, outwitted, triumphed over.” – Toni Morrison

15. “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” – Toni Morrison

16. “Everything depends on knowing how much,” she said, and “Good is knowing when to stop.” – Toni Morrison

17. “You don’t have to love me but you damn well have to respect me.” – Toni Morrison

18. “Today is always here,’ said Sethe. ‘Tomorrow, never.” – Toni Morrison

19. “No matter how hard we try to ignore it, the mind always knows truth and wants clarity.” – Toni Morrison

20. “Writing is really a way of thinking not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” – Toni Morrison

21. “There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.” – Toni Morrison

22. “What you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” – Toni Morrison

23. “What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want it?” – Toni Morrison

24. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

25. “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison

26. “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison

27. “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” – Toni Morrison

28. “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” – Toni Morrison

29. “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.” – Toni Morrison

30. “Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.” – Toni Morrison

31. “Love is never any better than the lover. ” – Toni Morrison

32. “A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.” – Toni Morrison

33. “Don’t ever think I fell for you or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.” – Toni Morrison

34. “The function of freedom is to free someone else.” – Toni Morrison

35. “Lonely was much better than alone.” – Toni Morrison

36. “I dream a dream that dreams back at me” – Toni Morrison

37. “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” – Toni Morrison

38. “And I am all the things I have ever loved scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.” – Toni Morrison

39. “You are your best thing” – Toni Morrison

40. “What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?” – Toni Morrison

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