Zora Neale Hurston Quotes
Brief author info: Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960) American novelist and short story writer; one of best-known African American writers of her time; known for capturing the black experience; one of first writers to incorporate folk images and speech; considered spiritual ancestor of contemporary African American women writers.
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I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a low-down dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world-I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun'. We might not land on the sun but at least we would get off the ground.
You have no idea, sir, how difficult it is to be the victim of benevolence.
Silence is all the genius a fool has.
There is something about poverty that smells like death. Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season and rotting around the feet; impulses smothered too long in the fetid air of underground caves.
Here is the secret of inspiration: tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.