It is difficult to name a more readable and interesting author of recent years in the United States than Toni Morrison. She was able to carry out an almost impossible plan, reaching out to the minds of everyone who read her novels and stories. This was the reason for receiving the Pulitzer Prize, but most of all she appreciated the recognition from her reader.

All her books were sorted into aphorisms during her lifetime. She herself did not understand her significance in illuminating American realism, believing that she only describes what she sees with her own eyes at the moment.

The Nobel Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom have never been her goal. Toni Morrison did what she liked. Many of her works are a kind of cry from the soul of the writer, her feeling of this world and attempt to correct something in it. That is why her books are very popular, and the readership is constantly growing.

It is hard to believe that her writing career once began for her in the simplest literary circle, where she expressed her dissatisfaction with modern American literature. She possessed an amazing intelligence and intelligence capable of assessing any global problem.

That is why she has often been an honorary professor at many US universities. Lectures, also full of interesting quotes, were read by Toni Morrison until her last day. You can check out her text legacy right now.

The most burning quotes by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison quotes

She could argue over the simplest things for an infinitely long and interesting time. It is hard to believe that we still have not thought of such an angle from which we can look at the world and our own life. Toni Morrison’s quotes open up a new world for us today.

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

“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”― Toni Morrison

“What a man leaves behind is what a man is.”― Toni Morrison

“Those white things have taken all I had or dreamed,” she said, “and broke my heartstrings too. There is no bad luck in the world but whitefolks.”

“You are your best thing.” – Toni Morrison

“If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have serious problem.” ― Toni Morrison

“I’m not entangled in shaping my work according to other people’s views of how I should have done it.”― Toni Morrison

“Some things you forget. Other things you never do.” – Toni Morrison

“Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.”― Toni Morrison

“It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”― Toni Morrison

“What you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”― Toni Morrison

“Good is knowing when to stop.”― Toni Morrison

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

“You got a life? Live it! Live the motherfuckin life!”― Toni Morrison

“What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want it?” – Toni Morrison

The most interesting quotes by Toni Morrison

She could argue over the simplest things for an infinitely long and interesting time. It is hard to believe that we still have not thought of such an angle from which we can look at the world and our own life. Toni Morrison’s quotes open up a new world for us today.

“You couldn’t learn age, but adulthood was there for all.”― Toni Morrison

“Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another – physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought.” – Toni Morrison

“I don’t think many people appreciate silence or realize that it is as close to music as you can get.”― Toni Morrison

“This is the it you’ve been looking for.”― Toni Morrison

“Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances.”― Toni Morrison

“It may even be that some of us know what it is like to be actually hated—hated for things we have no control over and cannot change.”― Toni Morrison

“Anger…it’s a paralyzing emotion…you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless…” – Toni Morrison

“Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.” – Toni Morrison

“Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don’t try to write through it, to force it. Many do but that won’t work. Just wait, it will come.”― Toni Morrison

“Can’t nobody fly with all that shit. Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”― Toni Morrison

“The human body is robust. It can gather strength when it’s in mortal danger.”― Toni Morrison

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

“You’re turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can’t value you more than you value yourself.” – Toni Morrison

“Death is a sure thing but life is just as certain. Problem is you can’t know in advance.”― Toni Morrison

“Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him.” – Toni Morrison

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

Wise quotes by Toni Morrison

We can endlessly wonder where she could have accumulated such a huge amount of wisdom. Not the best fate arranged for Tony the perfect storm, shattering her dreams on the rocks of trials.

“Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, stupid people love stupidly, weak people love weakly . . .”― Toni Morrison

“I sold my elegant blackness to all those childhood ghosts and now they pay me for it.”― 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

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

“I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can’t teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.”― Toni Morrison

“I want to feel what I feel. Even if it’s not happiness.”― Toni Morrison

“When am I happy and when am I sad and what is the difference? What do I need to know to stay alive? What is true in the world?”― Toni Morrison

“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

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

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.”― Toni Morrison

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

“I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.”― Toni Morrison

“Birth, life, and death― each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.”

“Correct what you can; learn from what you can’t.”― Toni Morrison

“A good man is a good thing, but there is nothing in the world better than a good woman. She can be your mother, your wife, your girlfriend, your sister, or somebody you work next to. Don’t matter. You find one, stay there. You see a scary one, make tracks.”― Toni Morrison

Deep quotes by Toni Morrison

Deep Toni Morrison Quotes

Each phrase of her characters has a multidimensional structure. We can interpret these quotes in different ways, accumulating our life experience, going through certain pleasant and unpleasant events. But all of her works are unambiguously outside of space and time.

“I want to feel what I feel. What’s mine. Even if it’s not happiness, whatever that means. Because you’re all you’ve got.”― Toni Morrison

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”

“Pain was greedy; it demanded all of her attention.”― Toni Morrison

“She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”

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

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

“Race is the least reliable information you can have about someone. It’s real information, but it tells you next to nothing.”― Toni Morrison

“I get angry about things, then go on and work.”― 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 are about to find out what it takes, how the world is, how it works and how it changes when you are a parent. Good luck and God help the child.”― Toni Morrison

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

“The presence of evil was something to be first recognized, then dealt with, survived, outwitted, triumphed over.” – Toni Morrison

“Let your face speak what’s in your heart.”― Toni Morrison

“There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind–wrapped tight like skin.” – Toni Morrison

Amazing quotes by Toni Morrison

She, being a Nobel Prize laureate, has repeatedly been modest in interviews. It’s hard to believe that this writer could have possessed such tremendous wisdom, revealed in the pages of her books and scripts.

“Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind.” – Toni Morrison

“We never shape the world…the world shapes us.”― Toni Morrison

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

“When fear rules, obedience is the only survival choice.”― Toni Morrison

“The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.”― Toni Morrison

“How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”― Toni Morrison

“For a long time now he knew that anything could appear to be something else, and probably was.”― Toni Morrison

“I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” – Toni Morrison

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

“When I woke up I reminded myself that freedom is never free. You have to fight for it. Work for it and make sure you are able to handle it. Now.”― Toni Morrison

“No more running-from nothing. I will never run from another thing on this Earth. I took one journey and I paid for the ticket, but let me tell you something, Paul D. Garner: it cost too much!”― Toni Morrison

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison

“Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” – 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

Capacious quotes by Toni Morrison

“Let me tell you something. A man ain’t a goddamn ax. Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can’t chop down because they’re inside.” – Toni Morrison

“A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.”― Toni Morrison

“Hate does that. Burns off everything but itself, so whatever your grievance is, your face looks just like your enemy’s.”― Toni Morrison

“Make up a story…For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light.” – Toni Morrison

“Nothing could be counted on in a world where even when you were a solution you were a problem.”― Toni Morrison

“Love is never any better than the lover. 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

“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this.”― Toni Morrison

“Anything dead coming back to life hurts.” – Toni Morrison

“Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created.”

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

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

“To get to a place where you could love anything you chose – not to need permission for desire – well now that was freedom.” – Toni Morrison

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

“No gasp at a miracle that is truly miraculous because the magic lies in the fact that you knew it was there for you all along.”― Toni Morrison

“I always know the ending; that’s where I start.”― Toni Morrrison

Final Hot Ten Quotes by Toni Morrison

Wise Toni Morrison Quotes

Toni Morrison was able to personify American reality. Everything was shown as it really is, without embellishing what ordinary US residents face every day.

“Somewhere inside you is that free person I’m talking about. Locate her and let her do some good in the world.”― Toni Morrison

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

“Don’t let anybody, anybody convince you this is the way the world is and therefore must be. It must be the way it ought to be.”― Toni Morrison

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. ‘” – Toni Morrison

“You just can’t mishandle creatures and expect success.”― Toni Morrison

“Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you?” – Toni Morrison

“Like friendship, hatred needed more than physical intimacy; it wanted creativity and hard work to sustain itself.”― Toni Morrison

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

“When good people take you in and treat you good, you ought to try to be good back.”― Toni Morrison

“We will be judged by how well we love.”― Toni Morrison

More than just a writer

America was becoming what it is now before her eyes, from the Great Depression to a huge number of significant events. In all these days, she could not remain indifferent, transferring all these emotional experiences to her characters. What Toni Morrison left behind will guide young people around the world for years to come.

Her criticism of American reality has repeatedly provoked outrage in the highest political circles. But this only meant that her messages reached their goal. Toni Morrison is a real ambassador of his time, a great thinker with many quotes and just a caring person. The realism of her aphorisms can even scare you with its accuracy, volume and truth. Get ready for this.