Toni Morrison Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old toni morrison quotes, toni morrison sayings, and toni morrison proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done.     

Toni Morrison

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.      

Toni Morrison

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.     

Toni Morrison

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.     

Toni Morrison

To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.     

Toni Morrison

I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.     

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves a special kind of double.     

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.     

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh— that weighs you down.     

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.     

Toni Morrison

Race is the least reliable information you can have about someone. It's real information, but it tells you next to nothing.     

Toni Morrison

Liberation means you don't have to be silenced.     

Toni Morrison

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

Toni Morrison

Our ancestors are an ever widening circle of hope.     

Toni Morrison

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.     

Toni Morrison

Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.     

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All he did from freshman year through sophomore was react -- sneer, laugh, dismiss, find fault, demean -- a young man's version of critical thinking.     

Toni Morrison

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.     

Toni Morrison

Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty....A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes. His outrage grew and felt like power. For the first time he honestly wished he could work miracles.     

Toni Morrison

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.     

Toni Morrison

All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.     

Toni Morrison

The isolation, the separateness, is always a part of any utopia.     

Toni Morrison

The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who are you and what you mean.     

Toni Morrison

The formula for creative writing in high school or college is write what you know.     

Toni Morrison

They were not holding hands, but their shadows were.     

Toni Morrison