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“Freeing yourself was one thing, declaring ownership of that released self was another”

Toni Morrison, Beloved Quotes

“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all”

Toni Morrison

“She is a good friend of my mind. She gather me, guy. The pieces I am, she gather them and provide back to me in all the best order”

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“Sugary food, crazy conversations loaded with half sentences, musings and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding might ever be”

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“Definitions come from the definers, not the specified”

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“You are your best thing”

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“There is a solitude that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees prepared, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and includes the rocker. It’s a within kind– covered tight like skin. Then there is the loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive. On its own. A dry and spreading out thing that makes the noise of one’s own feet going appear to come from a far-off location”

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“He wishes to put his story next to hers”

Toni Morrison

“Me and you, we got more the other day than anyone. We require some type of tomorrow”

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“In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, chuckles; flesh that dances on bare feet in yard. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not like your flesh. They abhor it. They do not enjoy your eyes; they ‘d simply as soon choose em out. No more do they enjoy the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not like your hands. Those they just use, connect, bind, slice off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face ’cause they don’t enjoy that either. You got to like it, you! And no, they ain’t in love with your mouth. Yonder, out there, they will see it damaged and break it once again. What you say out of it they will not heed. What you shriek from it they do not hear. What you take into it to nourish your body they will nab away and give you leavins rather. No, they don’t love your mouth. You got to like it. This is flesh I’m discussing here. Flesh that requires to be liked. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that require support; shoulders that require arms, strong arms I’m telling you. And O my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So like your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. and all your inside parts that they ‘d just as quickly slop for hogs, you got to love them. The dark, dark liver– like it, love it and the beat and beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize”

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“If they put an iron circle your neck I will bite it away”

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“Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a home burns down, it’s gone, however the place– the picture of it– stays, and not simply in my remory, however out there, on the planet. What I keep in mind is a photo drifting around out there outdoors my head. I imply, even if I don’t think if, even if I pass away, the photo of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened”

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“Something that is loved is never lost”

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“They motivated you to put some of your weight in their hands and quickly as you felt how light and lovely it was, they studied your scars and adversities.”

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“Let me inform you something. A male ain’t a goddamn ax. Slicing, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can’t chop down due to the fact that they’re inside”

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“Not understanding it was hard; knowing it was harder”

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“He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you desire my opinion-‘
‘I don’t,’ She stated. ‘I have my own”

Toni Morrison

“Today is always here,’ said Sethe. ‘Tomorrow, never ever”

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“Was it hard? I hope she didn’t pass away hard.’

Sethe shook her head. ‘Soft as cream. Being alive was the difficult part”

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“Risky, thought Paul D, extremely risky. For a used-to-be-slave female to love anything that much threatened, particularly if it was her children she had actually chosen to enjoy. The very best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit, so when they broke its back, or pushed it in a croaker sack, well, perhaps you ‘d have a little love left over for the next one”

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“He leans over and takes her hand. With the other he touches her face. ‘You your best thing, Sethe. You are.’ His holding fingers are holding hers.

‘Me? Me?”

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“She is a good friend of my mind. She collect me, male. The pieces I am, she gather them and provide back to me in all the ideal order. It’s great, you understand, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind”

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“No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers prepared for, there was no accounting for the manner in which easy happiness might shake you”

Toni Morrison

“It never ever looked as horrible as it was and it made her wonder if hell was a quite place too. Fire and brimstone all right, however concealed in lacy groves”

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“You looking excellent” Devil’s confusion. He lets me look good long as I feel bad”

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“Whatever depends upon understanding how much,” she stated, and “Excellent is knowing when to stop”

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“In Ohio seasons are theatrical. Each one enters like a prima donna, persuaded its performance is the factor the world has individuals in it”

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“You got 2 feet, Sethe, not four” he stated, and right then a forest sprang up in between them; tactless and peaceful”

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“You your best thing, Sethe. You are”

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“Dive, if you want to, ’cause I’ll catch you, woman. I’ll capture you “fore you fall. Go as far inside as you require to, I’ll hold your ankles. Ensure you return out. I’m not saying this since I need a place to remain. That’s the last thing I require. I told you, I’m a strolling man, however I been heading in this instructions for 7 years. Strolling all around this location. Upstate, downstate, east, west; I been in territory ain’t got no name, never staying nowhere long. However when I got here and sat out there on the porch, waiting for you, well, I understood it wasn’t the place I was heading toward; it was you. We can make a life, lady. A life”

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“Paul D did not answer since she didn’t expect or desire him to, but he did understand what she suggested. Listening to the doves in Alfred, Georgia, and having neither the ideal nor the approval to enjoy it due to the fact that because place mist, doves, sunlight, copper dirt, moon– whatever belonged to the men who had the weapons. Little men, a few of them, big males too, every one of whom he might snap like a twig if he wished to. Male who understood that their manhood lay in their weapons and were not even embarrassed by the understanding that without fox would laugh at them. And these “men” who made even vixen laugh could, if you let them, stop you from hearing doves or loving moonlight. So you protected yourself and liked small. Picked the smallest stars out of the sky to own; lay down with head twisted in order to see the loved one over the rim of the trench before you slept. Stole shy looks at her between the trees at chain-up. Glass blades, salamanders, spiders, woodpeckers, beetles, a kingdom of ants. Anything bigger would not do. A lady, a child, a sibling– a huge love like that would split you wide open in Alfred, Georgia. He understood precisely what she implied: to get to a place where you could enjoy anything you picked– not to need permission for desire– well now, THAT was liberty”

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“I used to believe to believe it was my rememory. You understand. Some things you forget. Other things you never ever do. However it’s not. Places, locations are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place– the image of it– stays, and not simply in my rememory, but out there, on the planet. What I keep in mind is an image floating around out there outside my head. I imply, even if I don’t think it, even if I pass away, the photo of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the location where it happened”

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“Sorting daylight liquifies the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light”

Toni Morrison

“There is no misfortune on the planet however whitefolks”

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“However her brain was not interested in the future. Filled with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, not to mention plan for, the next day”

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“Lay my head on the railway line. Train occurred; pacify my mind. “

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“… reality was she understood more about them than she learnt about herself, having never had the map to discover what she resembled.

Could she sing? (Was it good to hear when she did?) Was she pretty? Was she a good friend? Could she have been a loving mom? A loyal wife? Have I got a sister and does she prefer me? If my mom knew me would she like me?”

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“The very best thing she was, was her children”

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“Down by the stream in back of 124 her footprints come and go, come and go. They are so familiar. Should a child, an adult place his feet in them, they will fit. Take them out and they vanish once again as though no one ever strolled there.
By and by all trace is gone, and what is forgotten is not only the footprints but the water too and what it is down there. The rest is weather. Not the breath of the disremembered and unaccounted for, however wind in the eaves, or spring ice thawing too quickly. Just weather condition. Certainly no clamor for a kiss”

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“Unless carefree, mom love was a killer”

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“Clever, but schoolteacher beat him anyhow to reveal him that meanings came from the definers– not the specified”

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“It’s gon na harm, now” stated Amy. “anything dead coming back to life harms”

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“Unfortunate as it was that she did not understand where her kids were buried or what they appeared like if alive, reality was she understood more about them than she learnt about herself, having never had the map to find what she resembled.

Could she sing? (Was it great to hear when she did?) Was she pretty? Was she a good friend? Could she have been a caring mother? A devoted spouse? Have I got a sis and does she favor me? If my mom knew me would she like me?”

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“It’s gon na harm, now,” said Amy. “Anything dead coming back to life harms”

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“I do not care what she is. Grown don’t imply a thing to a mom. A kid is a kid. They grow, older, but grown? What’s that expected to imply? In my heart it don’t mean a thing”

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“She is a pal of my mind. She collect me, guy. The pieces I am she gather them and give them back to me in all the best order. It’s good, you know, when you got a lady who is a buddy of your mind”

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“You your own finest thing, Sethe. You are”

Toni Morrison

“No more running-from nothing. I will never ever run from another thing on this Earth. I took one journey and I paid for the ticket, but let me tell you something, Paul D. Garner: it cost excessive!”

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“And they beat. The ladies for having understood them and no more, no more; the kids for having actually been them however never ever again. They killed a manager so typically therefore completely they had to bring him back to life to pulp him one more time. Tasting hot mealcake amongst evergreen, they beat it away. Singing love tunes to Mr. Death, they smashed his head. More than the rest, they killed the flirt whom folks called Life for leading them on. Making them believe the next daybreak would be worth it; that another stroke of time would do it at last. Only when she was dead would they be safe. The successful ones– the ones who had actually been there sufficient years to have maimed, mutilated, perhaps even buried her– watched the others who were still in her cock-teasing hug, caring and looking forward; remembering and looking back”

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“Whitepeople believed that whatever the good manners, under every dark skin was a jungle. Swift unnavigable waters, swinging shrieking baboons, sleeping snakes, red gums prepared for their sweet white blood. In such a way, he believed, they were right. The more coloredpeople spent their strength trying to convince them how mild they were, how clever and caring, how human, the more they utilized themselves up to encourage whites of something Negroes believed might not be questioned, the much deeper and more tangled the jungle grew within. However it wasn’t the jungle blacks brought with them to this location from the other (habitable) place. It was the jungle whitefolks planted in them. And it grew. It spread. In, through and after life, it spread, up until it got into the whites who had made it. Touched them every one. Altered and altered them. Made them bloody, silly, even worse than even they wanted to be, so frightened were they of the jungle they had actually made. The screaming baboon lived under their own white skin; the red gums were their own”

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“This here Sethe discussed love like any other lady; talked about infant clothes like any other lady, but what she suggested could cleave the bone. This here Sethe talked about security with a handsaw. This here new Sethe didn’t understand where the world stopped and she began. Suddenly he saw what Stamp Paid wanted him to see: more crucial than what Sethe had actually done was what she claimed. It frightened him”

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“No gasp at a miracle that is really incredible because the magic lies in the truth that you understood it was there for you all along”

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“No one enjoyed her and she would not have liked it if they had, she considered love a severe disability”

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“Kneeling in the keeping room where she usually went to talk-think it was clear why Baby Suggs was so starved for color. There was’t any other than for 2 orange squares in a quilt that made the absence shout. The walls of the room were slate-colored, the flooring earth-brown, the wood dresser the color of itself, drapes white, and the controling function, the quilt over an iron cot, was made up of scraps of blue serge, black, brown and gray wool– the full variety of the dark and the silenced that thrift and modesty enabled. Because sober field, two patches of orange looked wild– like life in the raw”

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“And in all those escapes he might not assist being amazed by the appeal of this land that was not his. He his in its breast, fingered its earth for food, holds on to its banks to lap water and tried not to like it. On nights when the sky was individual, weak with the weight of its own stars, he made himself not like it. Its graveyards and its low-lying rivers. Or just a home– solitary under a chinaberry tree; maybe a mule connected and the light hitting its conceal so. Anything could stir him and he strove not to like it”

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“She did not inform them to tidy up their lives, or go and sin no more. She did not inform them they were the blessed of the earth, its acquiring meek, or its glory-bound pure. She told them that the only grace they might have is the grace they might envision. That if they could not see it, they might not have it”

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“Mister was enabled to be and remain what he was. But I wasn’t enabled to be and stay what I was […] School teacher changed me. I was something else which something else was less than a chicken sitting in the sun on a tub. (Paul D.)”

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“Individuals who die bad do not remain in the ground”

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“In attempting to make the servant experience intimate, I hoped the sense of things being both under control and out of control would be persuasive throughout; that the order and quietitude of every day life would be violently interfered with by the mayhem of the clingy dead; that the herculean effort to forget would be threatened by memory desperate to stay alive. To render enslavement as a personal experience, language should first get out of the method”

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“Well, feel this, why do not you? Feel how it feels to have a bed to sleep in and somebody there not stressing you to death about what you got to do every day to deserve it. Feel how that feels. And if that don’t get it, feel how it feels to be a colored woman wandering the roads with anything God made liable to jump on you. Feel that”

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“Those white things have taken all I had or dreamed” she said, “and broke my heartstrings too. There is no misfortune on the planet but whitefolks”

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“Precious, she my daughter. She my own. See. She come back to me of her own free choice and I don’t need to describe a thing”

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“Come see” I was believing. “Be the last thing you behold”

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