Inspirational Toni Morrison Quotes

Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Below is a list of some Inspirational Toni Morrison Quotes.

Toni Morrison Quotes
Toni Morrison Quotes

Toni Morrison Quotes

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

“You are your best thing.”
― Toni Morrison

“Something that is loved is never lost.”
― Toni Morrison

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

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

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

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

“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

“You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own.”
― Toni Morrison

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

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

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done.”
― Toni Morrison

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

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

“Lonely was much better than alone.”
― Toni Morrison

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

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

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

“Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe.”
― Toni Morrison

“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

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

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

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

“She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
― Toni Morrison

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

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

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

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

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

“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.”
― Toni Morrison

“There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.”
― Toni Morrison quotes

“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

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

“It was a fine cry – loud and long – but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”
― Toni Morrison

“Pain. I seem to have an affection, a kind of sweettooth for it. Bolts of lightning, little rivulets of thunder.
And I the eye of the storm.”
― Toni Morrison

“You think because he doesn’t love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn’t want you anymore that he is right — that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don’t. It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn’t be like that.”
― Toni Morrison

“Know the function, 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.”
― Toni Morrison

Leave a Reply