Our 10 Favorite Quotes from Her and Her Titles

To honor Toni Morrison who has turned 84 years old today, we’ve put together a list of our favorite inspirational quotes from the first African American Nobel Prize winner in literature.


  1. Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another (Beloved)
  2. Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined
  3. You are your best thing (Beloved)
  4. As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think
  5. Lonely was much better than feeling alone (The Bluest Eye)
  6. What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want (Jazz)
  7. I am a controversial figure, My friends either dislike me or hate me
  8. I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art
  9. I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it
  10. She is a friend of mine…The pieces I am, she gathered them and gave them back to me in all the right order

Check out this 2008 inspirational video from Visionary Project on her motivation for writing.

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