Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall Quotes for Inspiration

Within the space of days, we lost two beloved authors: Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall. To memorialize them and remember them, we have curated quotes by both. You can use them for personal inspiration or to share with your social networks.


A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, for better or worse, he calls home, and do what he can to change things there.

Paule Marshall


My very first lessons in the art of telling stories took place in the kitchen . . . my mother and three or four of her friends. . . told stories. . .with effortless art and technique. They were natural-born storytellers in the oral tradition.

Paule Marshall


Once a great wrong has been done, it never dies. People speak the words of peace, but their hearts do not forgive. Generations perform ceremonies of reconciliation but there is no end.

Paule Marshall


I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom. Like art.

Toni Morrison


If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.

Toni Morrison


A friend gathers all the pieces and gives them back in the right order.

Toni Morrison


Do you have favorite books by either author? Share them with your followers and ask for theirs. There is something comforting about knowing someone else shares an interest too. 


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