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“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“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.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“I have known the joy and pain of friendship. I have served and been served. I have made some good enemies for which I am not a bit sorry. I have loved unselfishly, and I have fondled hatred with the red-hot tongs of Hell. That's living.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“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. 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.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
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“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“When God had made The Man, he made him out of stuff that sung all the time and glittered all over. Some angels got jealous and chopped him into millions of pieces, but still he glittered and hummed. So they beat him down to nothing but sparks but each little spark had a shine and a song. So they covered each one over with mud. And the lonesomeness in the sparks make them hunt for one another.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Bitterness is the coward's revenge on the world for having been hurt.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.”
Zora Neale Hurston, I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader
“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on. But it was night, it stayed night. Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel 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.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”
Zora Neale Hurston
“She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“I made up my mind to keep my feelings to myself since they did not seem to matter to anyone else but me.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
“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 lowdown 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.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.”
Zora Neale Hurston

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