Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

American novelist, essayist, editor

Lived from: 1931-

Category: Media

Quotes: Toni Morrison

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    A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.
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    All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.
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    All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
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    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.
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    Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are.
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    Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
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    Black women have always been friends. I mean, if you didn't have each other you had nothing.
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    Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.
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    Don’t beg anybody for anything, especially love.
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    From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as something artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.
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    How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.
    Source: Paradise (1998)
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    I can't explain inspiration. A writer is either compelled to write or not. And if I waited for inspiration I wouldn't really be a writer.
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    I don't know whether the bird you are holding is dead or alive, but what I do know is that it is in your hands. It is in your hands.
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    I don't think one parent can raise a child. I don't think two parents can raise a child. You really need the whole village.
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    I dream a dream that dreams back at me.
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