This post is part of our Toni Morrison Reading Day: a celebration of one of our favorite authors on the occasion of her new novel, Home. Check out the rest right here.
I collected these during my recent re-read of her novels, with a couple assists from Jeff. Please add your favorites in the comments–we’d love to see ‘em.
“Love is never any better than the lover.” (The Bluest Eye)
“…the oldest and most devastating pain there is: not the pain of childhood, but the remembrance of it.” (Sula)
“What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?” (Song of Solomon)
“To get to a place where you could love anything you chose–not to need permission for desire–well now, that was freedom.” (Beloved)
“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.” (Beloved)
“Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God.’ (Paradise)
“How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.” (Paradise)