Toni Morrison Quotes

Most popular Toni Morrison Quotes

If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.
— Toni Morrison
The function of freedom is to free somebody else.
— Toni Morrison

freedom slavery

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

aspiration

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.
— Toni Morrison
I write the way women have babies. You don't know it's going to be like that. If you did, there's no way you would go through with it.

why I write

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

women's rights

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

friendship

A cow stands in clover. When she is milked, that is her work; when she is merely eating, that is her play....  Not a handsome or elegant analogy, but it approximates for me the habit of reading—standing in a world of clover, the eating of which is occasionally utilitarian, usually nourishing.

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