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    I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: death  mind 
     
    Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: people  ocean 
     
    Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: wishes 
     
    I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: sorrow 
     
    It is a curious thing to be a woman in the Caribbean after you have been a woman in these United States.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: women 
     
    I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    If you haven't got it, you can't show it. If you have got it, you can't hide it.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    Bitterness is the coward's revenge on the world for having been hurt.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: world  hurt  revenge 
     
    Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves. It fails to register depression with me.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: depression  fail 
     
    Gods always behave like the people who make them.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: people  god 
     
    I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: reality  illusion 
     
    All my skinfolk ain't kinfolk.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: soul 
     
    If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: pain 
     
    Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: pleasure 
     
    He looked like the love thoughts of women.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: women  thoughts 
     
    No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: people 
     
    I love myself when I am laughing.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    Ethical and cultural desegregation. It is a contradiction in terms to scream race pride and equality while at the same time spurning Negro teachers and self-association.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: time  equality  race  pride 
     
    The sun, the hero of every day, the impersonal old man that beams as brightly on death as on birth, came up every morning.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: death  men  hero  birth 
     
    It is easy to be hopeful in the day when you can see the things you wish on.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: wishes 
     
    I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: world 
     
    A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: time 
     
    It's no use of talking unless people understand what you say.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: people 
     
    If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: abuse 
     
    You got to go there to know there.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    you can't beat me and my prayers!
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: work  pray 
     
    I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: time  race 
     
    The inference is, that God has restated the superiority of the West. God always does like that when a thousand white people surround one dark one. Dark people are always "bad" when they do not admit the Divine Plan like that. A certain Javanese man who sticks up for Indonesian Independence is very lowdown by the papers, and suspected of being a Japanese puppet.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: men  people  dark  divine  god  independence 
     
    She often spoke to falling seeds and said, "Ah hope you fall on soft ground," because she had heard seeds saying that to each other as they passed. The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off. She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: thoughts  mind 
     
    I do not pray. . . . I do not expect God to single me out and grant me advantages over my fellow men. . . . Prayer seems to me a cry of weakness, and an attempt to avoid, by trickery, the rules of the game as laid down. I do not choose to admit weakness. I accept the challenge of responsibility.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: peace  world  soul 
     
    Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey's back.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: wisdom  learning  book 
     
    Don't you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it's in the sea, and it's homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: journey  water 
     
    It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: nature 
     
    There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.
    — Zora Neale Hurston
    tags: human 
     
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    zora neale hurston
    Birth    : January 7, 1891
    Death  : January 28, 1960
    Occupation  : Anthropologist