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I wrote what I felt I had to write, and I'm willing to put my own sanity and my reputation behind it.
tags: write
— Gloria Naylor
I realize at one point, that I was being followed, and then I began to see the surveillance that was going past the road on my house. And so, these cars began to surveil me. People began to follow me around, and it did, it was very disrupting to think that your privacy was being violated, and for no reason that I could come up with.
tags: people past
— Gloria Naylor
Lord keep her safe since you can't keep her sane.
— Gloria Naylor
Home. It's being new and old all rolled into one. Measuring your new against old friends, old ways, old places, Knowing that as long as the old survives, you can keep changing as much as you want without the nightmare of waking up to a total stranger.
tags: friends knowing
— Gloria Naylor
The last time you're doing something - knowing you're doing it for the last - makes it even more alive than the first.
tags: time knowing
— Gloria Naylor
Why do I write? The truth, the unvarnished truth, is that I haven't a clue.
tags: truth
— Gloria Naylor
Six months of looking for a job had made me an expert at picking out the people who, like me, were hurrying up to wait - in somebody's outer anything for a chance to make it through their inner doors to prove that you could type two words a minute, or not drool on your blouse while answering difficult questions about your middle initial and date of birth.
tags: chance people job questions birth
— Gloria Naylor
It's as if I've arrived in a place where it's all spirit and no body - an overwhelming sense of calm . . . I actually began to feel blessed.
tags: body blessed spirit
— Gloria Naylor
Contempt mates well with pity.
— Gloria Naylor
The music in his laughter had a way of rounding off the missing notes in her soul.
tags: laughter soul music missing
— Gloria Naylor
Spoiled. That's all it's about - can't live without this, can't live without that. You can live without anything you weren't born with, and you can make it through on even half of that.
tags: live
— Gloria Naylor
Once I unlocked the mystery of the alphabet that led to words, a multitude of words connecting me to the world, there was no stopping me.
tags: world mystery
— Gloria Naylor
She could walk through a lightning storm without being touched; grab a bolt of lightning in the palm of her hand; use the heat of lightning to start the kindling going under her medicine pot. She turned the moon into salve, the stars into swaddling cloth, and healed the wounds of every creature walking up on two or down on four.
tags: star medicine moon
— Gloria Naylor
That's one of the privileges of old age - you can give plenty of advice 'cause most folks think that's all you got left anyway.
tags: advice age
— Gloria Naylor
In a contest between new technology and old ways of life, it is the traditional rhythms that will hold. Traditional societies make up more than two-thirds of the world, the two-thirds that will not be going online to "save" time but will remain wedded to the knowledge that if the bus doesn't come that day, it will come someday. After all, there is nothing but time.
tags: time society world technology
— Gloria Naylor
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go... And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
tags: time friends silence timing
— Gloria Naylor
You can't teach talent. You can't put in what God left out - but you can teach confidence.
tags: talent god confidence
— Gloria Naylor
We get so caught up in what a man isn't. It's what he is that counts.
tags: men
— Gloria Naylor
I don't want to write without a sense of drama, without passion, or without both eyes open to the world around me.
tags: world drama eyes write passion
— Gloria Naylor
One should be able to return to the first sentence of a novel and find the resonances of the entire work.
tags: work novel
— Gloria Naylor
a star dies in heaven every time you snatch away someone's dream.
tags: time star die dreams heaven
— Gloria Naylor
Words themselves are innocuous; it is the consensus that gives them true power.
tags: power true
— Gloria Naylor
A loud voice is not always angry; a soft voice not always to be dismissed; and a well-placed silence can be the indisputable last word.
tags: silence
— Gloria Naylor
There is a problem in America. An Irish or Polish American can write a story and it's an American story. When a Black American writes a story, it's called a Black story. I take exception to that. Every artist has articulated to his own experience. The problem is that some people do not see Blacks as Americans.
tags: people experience problem america stories write artist american black
— Gloria Naylor
I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.
tags: believe
— Gloria Naylor
Not only is your story worth telling, but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song.
tags: song stories worth
— Gloria Naylor
The intelligence community, for the most part, has no accountability at all; to the Congress, to us the American people, and so they feel that they above the law.
tags: people law community intelligence american congress
— Gloria Naylor
They all trying to say something with music that you can't say with plain talk. There ain't really no words for love or pain. And the way I see it, only fools go around trying to talk their love or talk their pain. So the smart people make music and you can kinda hear about it without them saying anything.
tags: smart people pain saying music fools
— Gloria Naylor
A myth is more powerful - and more lasting - than reality.
tags: reality powerful
— Gloria Naylor
Life is accepting what is and working from that.
— Gloria Naylor
There's something hypocritical about a city that keeps half of its population underground half of the time; you can start believing that there's much more space than there really is-to live, to work.
tags: work live space
— Gloria Naylor
Time is a funny thing. I was always puzzled with the way a single day could stretch itself out to the point of eternity in your mind, all while years melted down into the fraction of a second.
tags: time funny eternity mind year
— Gloria Naylor
The right woman is the one you can live with, not the one in your head.
tags: women live right
— Gloria Naylor
Self-consciousness is really a form of egotism.
— Gloria Naylor
black isn't beautiful and it isn't ugly - black is! It's not kinky hair and it's not straight hair - it just is.
tags: beautiful black
— Gloria Naylor
gloria naylor
Birth    : January 25, 1950
Death  : September 28, 2016
Occupation  : Novelist