Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison American writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Found 28 thoughts of Toni Morrison

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

Toni Morrison

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about.

Toni Morrison

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

There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

Toni Morrison

I don't write -ist novels.

Toni Morrison

No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That's a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.

Toni Morrison

I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.

Toni Morrison

She is a friend of my mind... The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.

Toni Morrison

You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone.

Toni Morrison

Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader.

Toni Morrison

I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.

Toni Morrison

Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth.

Toni Morrison

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

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

Toni Morrison

A lot of black people believe that Jews in this country have become white. They behave like white people rather than Jewish people.

Toni Morrison

Black people have always been used as a buffer in this country between powers to prevent class war.

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

I'm just trying to look at something without blinking.

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers.

Toni Morrison

In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color.

Toni Morrison

I get angry about things, then go on and work.

Toni Morrison

Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world. The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable.

Toni Morrison

There is nothing of any consequence in education, in the economy, in city planning, in social policy that does not concern black people.

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