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Toni Morrison
“She had been looking all along for a friend, and it took her a while to discover that a lover was not a comrade and could never be - for a woman. And that no one would ever be that version of herself which she sought to reach out to and touch with an ungloved hand. There was only her own mood and whim, and if that was all there was, she decided to turn the naked hand toward it, discover it and let others become as intimate with their own selves as she was.”
Toni Morrison, Sula

Anaïs Nin
“Innocence was gone from all our acts. Our habitual state of rebellion became a serious political crime.”
Anaïs Nin, A Spy in the House of Love

Anaïs Nin
“Everything could undergo conversion except the artists. How can you convert disorganizers of past and present order, the chronic dissenters, those dispossessed of the present anyway, the atom bomb throwers of the mind, of the emotions, seeking to generate new forces and a new order of mind out of continuous upheavals?”
Anaïs Nin, A Spy in the House of Love

Toni Morrison
“Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.”
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Michelle Alexander
“Those of us who hope to be their allies should not be surprised, if and when this day comes, that when those who have been locked up and locked out finally have to chance to speak and truly be heard, what we hear is rage. The rage may frighten us; it may remind us of riots, uprisings and buildings aflame. We may be tempted to control it or douse it with buckets of doubt, dismay or disbelief. But we should do no such thing. Instead, when a young man who was born in the ghetto and who knows little of life beyond the walls of his prison cell and the invisible cage that has become his life, turns to us in bewilderment and rage, we should do nothing more than look him in the eye and tell him the truth.”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness