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.
- Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another (Beloved)
- Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined
- You are your best thing (Beloved)
- As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think
- Lonely was much better than feeling alone (The Bluest Eye)
- What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want (Jazz)
- I am a controversial figure, My friends either dislike me or hate me
- I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art
- I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it
- 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.