November 15, 2016

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”

“Ah done been in sorrow’s kitchen and Ah done licked out all de pots. Ah done died in grief and been buried in de bitter waters, and Ah done rose agin from de dead lak Lazarus.”

“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.”

“Anybody depending on somebody else’s gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.”

“But for the national welfare, it is urgent to realize that the minorities do think, and think about something other than the race problem.”

“De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”

“Gods always behave like the people who make them.”

“Gods always love the people who make em.”

“Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”

“Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil.”

“I am colored but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances except the fact that I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother’s side was not an Indian chief.”

“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 weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

“I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump.”

“I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

“I have a strong suspicion… that much that passes for constant love is a golded-up moment walking in its sleep.”

“I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.”

“I want a busy life, a just mind and a timely death.”

“If you haven’t got it, you can’t show it. If you have got it, you can’t hide it.”

“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.”

“It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.”

“It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser.”

“It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.”

“It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.”

“It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.”

“It’s a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing.”

“It’s no use of talking unless people understand what you say.”

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

“Love, I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.”

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”

“No man may make another free.”

“No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.”

“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural.”

“Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

“People can be slave-ships in shoes.”

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.”

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.”

“So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.”

“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”

“Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!”

“The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for their enormous and unconscious cruelty.”

“The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.”

“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.”

“The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time. They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”

“There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”

“There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.”

“There is something about poverty that smells like death.”

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”

“When a man keeps beating me to the draw mentally, he begins to get glamorous.”

“When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.”