Some of my favorite Toni Morrison quotes

Last Update: June 24, 2014


On writing.......

"There's a difference between writing for a living and writing for
life. If you write for a living, you make enormous compromises....
If you write for life, you'll work hard; you'll do what's honest,
not what pays."

"People say to write about what you know. I'm here to tell you, no one wants to read that, cos you don't know anything. So write about something you don't know. And don't be scared, ever.”

On feelings....

"I want to feel what I feel. What's mine. Even if it's not happiness, whatever that means. Because you're all you've got.”

On the oddity of love....

"Wicked People Love Wickedly, Violent People Love Violently, Weak People Love Weakly, Stupid People Love Stupidly, But The Love Of A Free Man Is Never Safe...”

On being a trail blazer....

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

On the oddity of life....

"How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”

"We never shape the world . . . the world shapes us.”

On facial expression....

"Let your face speak what's in your heart.”

On loving yourself....

“You your best thing.”

"He can't value you more than you value yourself.”

I hope you find a quote here that touches your heart - maybe a smile, maybe a tear, maybe a loud laugh, maybe just a sigh. Hopefully a feeling that leaves you motivated and in a better mood for the day ahead.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Onyeka

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byrona Premium
Great post! Having had three books published I know what you're talking about!
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onyekachi Premium
Thanks Byron! Glad you enjoyed reading it. How is your website building coming up?
Onyeka
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Rick Jantz Premium
Hi. This was great. I want to add that when you "write for life" your readers will see your passion and honesty. That helps them connect not only with you but, more importantly, the vision of what you're writing. Thanks for sharing.
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onyekachi Premium
Thanks for reading Rick. You are right. Our writing portrays more than the words we've written. Readers can tell when you write from the heart.
Take care.
Onyeka
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Funmine Premium
These quotes are really thought provoking. The one on facial expression is very intriguing. I think that tells us to stop pretending.

Hey Onyeka, you did a good job pulling all these together.
Be well.
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onyekachi Premium
Thanks Ade. I'm glad you found one that speaks to you. I enjoy quotes a lot and some of hers are my favorite.
Take care.
Onyeka
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Mixa Premium
Да, написано все правельно,
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onyekachi Premium
According to Google translates, this means
Yes, it is written all pravelno (true test).

Hi Mixa, thanks for commenting!
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Trialynn Premium
These are some beautiful statements!
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onyekachi Premium
Thanks! Have a super Thrilling Tuesday!
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