Toni Morrison Quotes (99 quotes)
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993 (2009 edition), Knopf - ISBN: 9780307538963
“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.”
Commencement address at Barnard College (May 1979) as quoted in Ms. magazine (September 1979)
“You marvel at the economy and this choice of words. How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon? After Sylvia Plath, what can you say?”
On British mystery writer Ruth Rendell, in The New York Times (6 October 2005)
The Bluest Eye (1969) First lines
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Born: February 18, 1931 (age 87)
Occupation: Novelist, writer
Bio: Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She also was commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005.
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“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.”