Toni Morrison Quotes 39 Powerful Quotes for Love & Life.

It’s important to keep continuing to read, listen, and learn as much as you can while you are young. Not only because it will help shape who you are as a person and give you new ideas, but also because it’s the perfect time to do it. When you’re young, the world seems so big and there are so many possibilities waiting for you. You have the rest of your life ahead of you, and reading is one way to truly open your mind. Reading allows us to explore new worlds, meet new people, and see things from their perspective in a way that we might not be able to do in real life. Toni Morrison is an author known for her complex characters and intricate plots filled with mystery and symbolism. Here are 27 Toni Morrison quotes about books that will inspire you to read more:

Quotes By Toni Morrison

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

2) “Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”

3) “We live in the world… the whole world. Separating us, isolating us, that’s always been their weapon. Isolation kills generations.”

4) “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

5) “Oppressive language does more than represent violence, it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge, it limits knowledge.”

6) “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” – toni morrison Quotes

7) “I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.” – Toni Morrison

8) “Let me tell you something. A man ain’t a goddamn ax. Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can’t chop down because they’re inside.”

9) “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

10) “Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”

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11) “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.” – toni morrison Quotes

12) “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.”

13) “I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

14) “Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.”

15) A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.

16) Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.

17) “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.”

18) “The very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.”

19) “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”

 20) “How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”

Toni Morrison Quotes Freeing Yourself 

21) “I think there’s data, and then there’s information that comes from data. And then there’s knowledge that comes from information. And then, after knowledge, there is wisdom. I am interested in how to get from data to wisdom.”

22) There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how

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

24) “And I am all the things I have ever loved: scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.”

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

26) “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

27) “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

28) “I think one of the reasons I’m so thrilled with writing is because it is an act of reading for me at the same time, which is why my revisions are so sustained.” – Toni Morrison

29) “Books are a form of political action. Bookss are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”

30) “And I am all the things I have ever loved: scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.”

Tony Morrison Quotes 

31) “She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”

32) “But to find out the truth about how dreams die, one should never take the word of the dreamer.”

33) “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” 

34) “If you take racism away from certain people – I mean vitriolic racism as well as the sort of social racist – if you take that away, they may have to face something really terrible – misery, self-misery, and deep pain about who they are.”

36) “Home is memory, home is your history, home is where you work. Some people want to abandon it and become truly local. But the questions are all there.” – toni morrison Quotes

37) “There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct… it has a social function, racism.”

38) “I’m interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.”

39) “Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”

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