Quotes by Toni Morrison

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

"You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down."

"Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another."

"You think because he doesn't love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn't want you anymore that he is right -- that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don't. It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn't be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can't even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, beacuse the clouds let him; they don't wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can't own a human being. You can't lose what you don't own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don't, do you? And neither does he. You're turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself."

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


Books by Toni Morrison

  • Beminde
  • 347,779 ratings
  • July 2nd 2020
  • Beloved
  • 347,768 ratings
  • June 8th 2004 by Vintage

    (first published September 16th 1987)

  • The Bluest Eye
  • 190,185 ratings
  • September 6th 2005 by Plume

    (first published June 1st 1970)

  • Song of Solomon
  • 91,967 ratings
  • June 8th 2004 by Vintage

    (first published 1977)

  • Sula
  • 73,020 ratings
  • April 5th 2002 by Plume Books

    (first published 1973)

  • Gnade
  • 26,133 ratings
  • February 19th 2019
  • A Mercy
  • 26,133 ratings
  • November 11th 2008 by Knopf Publishing Group

    (first published 2008)

Toni Morrison
  • Toni Morrison

  • Date of birth: February 18, 1931
  • Died: August 05, 2019
  • Born: in Lorain, Ohio, The United States.

  • Description: Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

    Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye , Song of Solomon , and Beloved , which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. In 2001 she was named one of "The 30 Most Powerful Women in America" by Ladies' Home Journal.