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.”
Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.
Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen…
Stare at it! For a long time… Read More
During WWII Muriel worked as a propagandist for the Political Intelligence Department for the British Foreign Office, but once the war was over she concentrated on her writing, in particular poetry and literary criticism.
Muriel considered her joining the Roman Catholic Church to be important in her development as a novelist as it apparently gave her an insight into the meaning of human existence. Her first novel was published in 1957, named The Comforters, and centred on a young woman who discovers she is a character in a novel (I have yet to read it but it sounds fascinating!).
Her most popular novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was published in 1961, which was adapted for stage and film in the 1960s, and for television in the 70s.
Muriel passed away on April 13th 2006, survived by her estranged son.
Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More
Internet celebrities swiftly became a normal part of this cyber world; once only singers, actors, and other artists rose to the heady heights of stardom, but now it seems a reachable goal for many, many more people (and animals) than before. Even TIME Magazine is categorising this newer celebrity culture, with their own list of ‘Most Influential Internet Stars…’
This new type of celebrity has created a new genre of book, which is great news for us Reading Addicts! We can now enjoy the likes of Esther the Wonder Pig, or British YouTube stars Amazing Phil and Dan Is Not On Fire in book form.
Here are a few of the best social media stars’ books around today. Enjoy!