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  • #1
    Alice Walker
    “Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”
    Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

  • #2
    Alice Walker
    “{T}here is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity.”
    Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

  • #3
    Toni Morrison
    “Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love a free man is never safe.”
    Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  • #4
    Toni Morrison
    “This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers. Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear, and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live. We are wrong, of course, but it doesn't matter. It's too late. At least on the edge of my town, among the garbage and the sunflowers of my town, it's much, much, much too late.”
    Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  • #5
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “Understand this if you understand nothing: it is a powerful thing to be seen”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

  • #6
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “The world in my head has been far more real than the one outside—maybe that’s the exact definition of madness, come to think of it.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

  • #7
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “But it is only a fool who does not know that freedom is paid for in old clotted blood, in fresh reapings of it, in renewed scarifications.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

  • #8
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “I held my breath, but it didn't feel like I was holding my breath, it felt like there should never have been breath. It felt like the entire concept of breath had been something I imagined. After all, my body was never meant to move like this. These lungs had to have been built for show. They should never have expanded and I should never have been alive.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

  • #9
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “The gods do not care. It is not them, after all, that will pay the cost.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater
    tags: cost, gods

  • #10
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “The worst part of embodiment is being unseen.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

  • #11
    Akwaeke Emezi
    “We came from somewhere—everything does. When the transition is made from spirit to flesh, the gates are meant to be closed. It’s a kindness. It would be cruel not to.”
    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater



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