Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931 she is better to known to us as Toni Morrison American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. The author of over a dozen novels, short stories, children’s fiction, no fiction books, and several plays she regularly appears in our polls and on our pages as a recommended writer.
With her best known novels being The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved which are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters Toni is Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award, and Nobel Prize in Literature winner.
We think she is an author who should be on everyone’s bookshelf and these beautiful Toni Morrison quotes will show you why.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
“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”
“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.”
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”
“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was”
“If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”
“In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.”
“Don’t beg anybody for anything, especially love.”
“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.”
That famous quote from one of Wilde’s best know plays, “A Woman of No Importance”, is just one you can hear in a brand new series of his works that are being performed at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Read More
Emily was a very bright young woman, and studied hard, but was plagued by morose thoughts of death. After a close friend died of typhus, Emily’s troubling thoughts of death deepened commenting a couple of years later: “it seemed to me I should die too if I could not be permitted to watch over her or even look at her face.”
As a young woman, Emily dove into poetry, reading Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, finding influence in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and work by William Shakespeare.
From Gwendolyn Brooks, to Ernest Hemingway, to Shel Silverstein.
Chicago is known for producing notable writers and has now become home to the American Writer’s Museum, which opened in May this year. Read More