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18-02-1931

Toni Morrison, known for her novel, ‘The Bluest Eye’, which is about a black girl, who was made to feel so unattractive that all she wanted at her tender age was to be the owner of beautiful blue eyes. The book is set at a time when black wasn't beautiful. However, Morrison never harbored such inferiority complex and the book was more based on the desire of her classmate, who was then just 12-years-old. For Toni, who was born Chloe Wofford, the thought seemed ‘grotesquely self-loathing’. Since childhood, Morrison’s parents had taught her to respect herself for who she was. She lived in a neighborhood where, irrespective of color, all residents were poor and went to the same educational institution.

The matchless writer says that her attitude can be attributed partly to her mother—the kind of woman “who tore eviction notices off the door." On one occasion, when the family was surviving on relief, they received a bag of food that had insects inside. That very day, Morrison’s mother wrote to Franklin Roosevelt complaining about the incident, and the President sent the woman responsible for it, to their house.

The novelist also admires her father who taught her to stand up for herself when someone else humiliated her. One such day, when Toni had landed herself a job as a house maid, she came home in tears after being shouted at by her employer. While her mother asked her to leave the job, her father simply said, “Go to work, get your money and come home. You don't live there.” That taught this strong-willed writer a lesson that remained ingrained forever.

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

- Beloved , Toni Morrison

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves

- Toni Morrison

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

- Toni Morrison

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.

- Toni Morrison

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.

- Toni Morrison

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

- Beloved , Toni Morrison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

- Toni Morrison

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

- Toni Morrison

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

- Song of Solomon , Toni Morrison

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.

- Toni Morrison

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.

- Toni Morrison

There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

- Toni Morrison

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

- Toni Morrison

When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.

- Toni Morrison

Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.

- Toni Morrison

You marvel at the economy and this choice of words. How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon? After Sylvia Plath, what can you say?

- Toni Morrison

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