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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "They sat on the boarding house porch and saw the sun plunge into the same crack in the earth from which the night emerged."

They sat on the boarding house porch and saw the sun plunge into the same crack in the earth from which the night emerged.




Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Love I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much."

Love I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. They done 'heard' bout you just what they hope done happened."

An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. They done 'heard' bout you just what they hope done happened.




Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "No, I do not weep at the world. I'm too busy sharpening my oyster knife."

No, I do not weep at the world. I'm too busy sharpening my oyster knife.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore."

Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "They bowed down to him rather, because he was all of these things, and then again he was all of these things because the town bowed down."

They bowed down to him rather, because he was all of these things, and then again he was all of these things because the town bowed down.




Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Once you wake up thought in a man you can never put it to sleep again."

Once you wake up thought in a man you can never put it to sleep again.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "The sun, the hero of every day, the impersonal old man that beams as brightly on death as on birth, came up every morning and raced across the blue dome and dipped into the sea of fire every evening."

The sun, the hero of every day, the impersonal old man that beams as brightly on death as on birth, came up every morning and raced across the blue dome and dipped into the sea of fire every evening.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor."

The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Tain't no use in you cryin' . . . But folks is meant to cry 'bout somethin' or other. Better leave things de way dey is. Youse young yet. No tellin' whut mout happen befo' you die."

Tain't no use in you cryin' . . . But folks is meant to cry 'bout somethin' or other. Better leave things de way dey is. Youse young yet. No tellin' whut mout happen befo' you die.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Please God, please suh, don't let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah'm is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, Ah been so lonesome, and Ah been waitin', Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time."

Please God, please suh, don't let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah'm is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, Ah been so lonesome, and Ah been waitin', Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time.




Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Pheoby's hungry listening helped Janie to tell her story."

Pheoby's hungry listening helped Janie to tell her story.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Lack of power and opportunity passes off too often for virtue."

Lack of power and opportunity passes off too often for virtue.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful."

It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Perhaps I am just a coward who loves to laugh at life better than I do cry with it. But when I do get to crying, boy, I can roll a mean tear."

Perhaps I am just a coward who loves to laugh at life better than I do cry with it. But when I do get to crying, boy, I can roll a mean tear.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different."

It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Grown people know that they do not always know the way of things, and even if they think they know, they do not know where and how they got the proof."

Grown people know that they do not always know the way of things, and even if they think they know, they do not know where and how they got the proof.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Now, women forget all the things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly."

Now, women forget all the things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep."

No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Janie knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making."

Janie knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it."

It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It was the meanest moment of eternity."

It was the meanest moment of eternity.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell."

The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Nanny's words made Janie's kiss across the gatepost seem like a manure pile after a rain"

Nanny's words made Janie's kiss across the gatepost seem like a manure pile after a rain



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Women forget all the things they don't want to remember and remember everything they don't want to forget."

Women forget all the things they don't want to remember and remember everything they don't want to forget.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it's some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don't know nothin' but what we see."

Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it's some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don't know nothin' but what we see.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them."

There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs. It was mass cruelty. A mood come alive. Words walking without master..."

They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs. It was mass cruelty. A mood come alive. Words walking without master...



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it."

If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "He was the average mortal. It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different."

He was the average mortal. It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "I want a busy life a just mind and a timely death."

I want a busy life a just mind and a timely death.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "...you got tuh go there tuh know there."

...you got tuh go there tuh know there.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "People ugly from ignorance and broken from being poor."

People ugly from ignorance and broken from being poor.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow."

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "No man may make another free."

No man may make another free.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships."

Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."

No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "And I can't die easy thinking maybe the menfolks white or black is making a spit cup out of you. Have some sympathy for me. Put me down easy, Janie, I'm a cracked plate."

And I can't die easy thinking maybe the menfolks white or black is making a spit cup out of you. Have some sympathy for me. Put me down easy, Janie, I'm a cracked plate.




Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day."

So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams."

It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners."

When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "It's a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing."

It's a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it."

A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.



Zora Neale Hurston Quotes: "So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter."

So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.