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“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

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“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

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“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

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“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.”

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”
[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

“Love is never any better than the lover. ”
― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.”
― Toni Morrison, Sula

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

Thank you to Goodreads for providing these quotes.

www.tonimorrisonsociety.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Morrison

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