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Toni Morrison Quotes: "If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down."

If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.




Toni Morrison Quotes: "The function of freedom is to free someone else."

The function of freedom is to free someone else.




Toni Morrison Quotes: "Don’t beg anybody for anything, especially love."

Don’t beg anybody for anything, especially love.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

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



Toni Morrison Quotes: "In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent."

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.




Toni Morrison Quotes: "All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was."

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge."

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double."

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art."

Your life is already artful-waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.




Toni Morrison Quotes: "The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one."

The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another."

Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake - otherwise it just walks on in your door."

Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake - otherwise it just walks on in your door.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man."

I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."

Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form."

Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough."

At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind."

Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all."

Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "I want to discourage you from choosing anything or making any decision simply because it is safe. Things of value seldom are"

I want to discourage you from choosing anything or making any decision simply because it is safe. Things of value seldom are



Toni Morrison Quotes: "I dream a dream that dreams back at me."

I dream a dream that dreams back at me.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in."

All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Love is never any better than the lover."

Love is never any better than the lover.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "You are your best thing"

You are your best thing



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "It was a fine cry - loud and long - but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow."

It was a fine cry - loud and long - but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are."

Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "There is an incredible amount of magic and feistiness in black men that nobody has been able to wipe out. But everybody has tried."

There is an incredible amount of magic and feistiness in black men that nobody has been able to wipe out. But everybody has tried.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Make a difference about something other than yourselves."

Make a difference about something other than yourselves.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Birth, life, and death― each took place on the hidden side of a leaf."

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



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time."

Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else’s child, do your eyes light up? That’s what they’re looking for."

When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else’s child, do your eyes light up? That’s what they’re looking for.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it."

Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "A friend gathers all the pieces and gives them back in the right order."

A friend gathers all the pieces and gives them back in the right order.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas."

Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the stems of milkweed and thought about ants and peach pits and death and where the world went when I closed my eyes."

Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the stems of milkweed and thought about ants and peach pits and death and where the world went when I closed my eyes.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think."

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate."

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



Toni Morrison Quotes: "All important things are hard."

All important things are hard.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression."

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "It was becoming a habit-this concentration on things behind him. Almost as though there were no future to be had. *Milkman*"

It was becoming a habit-this concentration on things behind him. Almost as though there were no future to be had. *Milkman*



Toni Morrison Quotes: "Freedom is choosing your responsibility. It's not having no responsibilitie s; it's choosing the ones you want."

Freedom is choosing your responsibility. It's not having no responsibilitie s; it's choosing the ones you want.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them."

What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.



Toni Morrison Quotes: "We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom."

We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.