The literary world recently lost one of the greatest. “Toni Morrison was a gift to the world. Her writing will forever stand as an exemplar of excellence, excavating the human existence and the complexities of American life,” says Barbershop Books Founder, Alvin Irby.
Author, book editor, and professor Toni Morrison died at the age of 88. The Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner was a beacon in African-American culture. Her words and literary elements will live on.
In remembrance of her legacy, below are some of our favorite quotes that remind us of her unique ability to inspire and motivate us all:
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
“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.”
“Something that is loved is never lost.”
“The presence of evil was something to be first recognized, then dealt with, survived, outwitted, triumphed over.”
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