Toni Morrison

What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want it?

Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.

It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love … You can’t own a human being.

Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live

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

You don’t have to love me but you damn well have to respect me.

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

You are your best thing.

I dream a dream that dreams back at me

Love is divine only and difficult always.