Toni Morrison


Quotations

  • ''All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Grace Notes, Epigram, section 1, by Rita Dove (1989).
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  • ''Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about "us"; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 42 (September 1979). From a May 1979 commencement address at Barnard College. Morrison was commenting on women's unkindness and unhelpfulness toward one another.
  • ''New York is the last true city.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931) U.S. (New York) novelist and essayist. As quoted in New York, p. 72 (December 21-28, 1992).
  • ''What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American novelist and essayist. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 74 (September 11, 1994).
  • ''Bit by bit ... she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American novelist and essayist. Beloved, part 1 (1987). Of the heroine, Sethe, twenty-eight days after she had escaped from slavery.
  • ''In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. novelist, editor. Guardian (London, Jan. 29, 1992).
  • ''Like any artist with no art form, she became dangerous.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. novelist, editor. Sula (1973).
  • ''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 (b. 1931), U.S. novelist, editor. Tar Baby, p. 245 (1981).

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