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    If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: book  write  read 
     
    I am a writer and my faith in the world of art is intense, but not irrational, nor naïve - because art takes us and makes us take a journey beyond price, beyond cost, into bearing witness to the world as it is and as it should be. Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: beauty  world  journey  faith 
     
    Racism will disappear when it's no longer profitable, and no longer psychologically useful. And when that happens, it'll be gone. But at the moment, people make a lot of money off of it, pro and con.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: people  moment  gone  racism  money 
     
    Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.
    — Toni Morrison
    Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake - otherwise it just walks on in your door.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: awake  misery 
     
    Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
    — Toni Morrison
    I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge-even wisdom. Like art.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: failure  pain  world  chaos  wisdom 
     
    The writing is - I'm free from pain. It's the place where I live; it's where I have control; it's where nobody tells me what to do; it's where my imagination is fecund and I am really at my best. Nothing matters more in the world or in my body or anywhere when I'm writing.
    — Toni Morrison
    If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: book  write  read 
     
    I really want some meaning. It used to be easy to toss it off. Now it's harder and harder. You have to navigate just to find something that has nourishment. It's the absence of nourishment. What do you do in place of nourishment? It's usually junk. Either it's junk food or junk clothes or junk ideas.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: food  meaning  ideas 
     
    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
    tags: power  job  real  games 
     
    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
    tags: men  women  friends  right  mind 
     
    Risky, thought Paul D, very risky. For a used-to-be-slave woman to love anything that much was dangerous, especially if it was her children she had settled on to love. The best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit, so when they broke its back, or shoved it in a croaker sack, well, maybe you'd have a little love left over for the next one.
    — Toni Morrison
    Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: definition 
     
    I want to discourage you from choosing anything or making any decision simply because it is safe. Things of value seldom are
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: value  decision 
     
    The function of freedom is to free someone else.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: freedom 
     
    There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
    — 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
    tags: language 
     
    Don't beg anybody for anything, especially love.
    — Toni Morrison
    There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race - scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct... it has a social function, racism.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: human  racism  race 
     
    In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: time  artist 
     
    If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.
    — Toni Morrison
    Here I am not the one to throw out. No one steals my warmth and shoes because I am small. No one handles my backside. No one whinnies like sheep or goat because I drop in fear and weakness. No one screams at the sight of me. No one watches my body for how it is unseemly. With you my body is pleasure is safe is belonging. I can never not have you have me.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: fear  body  pleasure  weakness 
     
    So this is what insanity is. Not goofy behavior, but watching a sudden change in the world you used to know.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: world  insanity 
     
    No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That's a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: moment  black 
     
    Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: personal  right 
     
    But to find out the truth about how dreams die, one should never take the word of the dreamer.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: truth  die  dreams 
     
    The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: peace  thinking  mind  dance 
     
    Make a difference about something other than yourselves.
    — Toni Morrison
    Please don't settle for happiness. It's not good enough. Of course you deserve it, but if that's all you have in mind - happiness - I want to suggest to you that personal success devoid of meaningfulness, free of a steady commitment to social justice - that's more than a barren life. It's a trivial one.
    — Toni Morrison
    Her mind traveled crooked streets and aimless goat paths, arriving sometimes at profundity, other times at the revelations of a three-year-old. Throughout this fresh, if common, pursuit of knowledge, one conviction crowned her efforts: ...she knew there was nothing to fear.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: fear  time  mind  path 
     
    The race thing is sort of a misnomer. It's just the human race, right? That's it. The rest of it, and racism, is socially constructed. Nobody is born racist, no one. What happens is other things that are usually based on power, money, feeling good about yourself, or bad about yourself, those things play into hating other people for whatever reason.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: people  power  human  bad  racism  money  race 
     
    As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: power  trust  dreams 
     
    I tell my students there is such a thing as 'writer's block,' and they should respect it. You shouldn't write through it. It's blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven't got it right now.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: respect  right  write 
     
    When you first start writing-and I think it's true for a lot of beginning writers-you're scared to death that if you don't get that sentence right that minute it's never going to show up again. And it isn't. But it doesn't matter-another one will, and it'll probably be better. And I don't mind writing badly for a couple of days because I know I can fix it-and fix it again and again and again, and it will be better.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: death  true  right  mind  writing 
     
    In order to be as free as I possibly can, in my own imagination, I can't take positions that are closed. Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it, to open doors, sometimes, not even closing the book - leaving the endings open for reinterpretation, revisitation, a little ambiguity.
    — Toni Morrison
    If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: people  problem 
     
    A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: dreams 
     
    There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
    — Toni Morrison
    Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
    — Toni Morrison
    tags: self 
     
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    toni morrison
    Birth    : February 18, 1931
    Occupation  : Novelist