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Zora Neale Hurston


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  • ''Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus' listenin' tuh you, Janie. Ah ain't satisfied wid mahself no mo'.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Phoeby, in Their Eyes Were Watching God, ch. 20, J.P. Lippincott (1937).
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  • ''He wuz uh man, and nobody knowed 'im but God.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Ch. 26. Preacher, in Johah's Gourd Vine, J.P. Lippincott (1934).
  • ''Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Seraph on the Suwanee, ch. 1, Scribners (1948).
  • ''Finally she grew quiet, and after that, coherent thought. With this, stalked through her a cold, bloody rage. Hours of this, a period of introspection, a space of retrospection, then a mixture of both. Out of this an awful calm.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat."
  • ''She had brought love to the union and he had brought a longing after the flesh.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat."
  • ''There's plenty men dat takes a wife lak dey do a joint uh sugar-cane. It's round, juicy an' sweet when dey gits it. But de squeeze an' grind, squeeze an' grind an' wring tell dey wring every drop uh pleasure dat's in 'em out. When dey's satisfied dat dey is wrung dry, dey treats dem jes lak dey do a cane-chew. Dey throws 'em away. Dey knows whut dey is doin' while dey is at it, an hates theirselves fuh it but they keeps on hangin' after huh tell she's empty. Den dey hates huh fuh bein' a cane-chew an' in de way.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat."
  • ''Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat."
  • ''Mah sweat is done paid for this house and Ah reckon Ah kin keep on sweatin' in it.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat."
  • ''The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for their enormous and unconscious cruelty.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 7, Lippincott, 1938.
  • ''It is a curious thing to be a woman in the Caribbean after you have been a woman in these United States.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 5, J.P. Lippincott (1938).

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