Zora Neale Hurston

((1891-1960))

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

  • ''To me, bitterness is the under-arm odor of wishful weakness. It is the graceless acknowledgment of defeat.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 16, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
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  • ''There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every mans spice-box seasons his own food.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 5, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • ''I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 16, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • ''Love, I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 14, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • ''I was born in a Negro town.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 1, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • ''It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 4, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • ''Perhaps love is a compelling necessity imposed on man by God that has something to do with suffering''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Herodias, in The Woman in Gaul, unpublished during her lifetime; published in Zora Neale Hurston: The Complete Stories. Harper Collins (1995).
  • ''So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).
  • ''I am colored but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances except the fact that I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother's side was not an Indian chief.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," The World Tomorrow (May 1928).
  • ''I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.''
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African American author. How It Feels to be Colored Me (1928).

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