10 Essential Things Zora Neale Hurston Said

thechanelmuse:

Zora Neale Hurston is the literary gift that keeps giving. Arguably one the best writers of her time, of any time, she is remembered commonly as one of the preeminent writers of the Harlem Renaissance. She has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker and Toni Cade Bambara. She was a founder of FIRE!! magazine in 1926.

Hurston was almost lost to time, however. That is until author Alice Walker went looking for her grave and subsequently revived Hurston in the public imagination through her 1975 essay for Ms. magazine, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston.” 

There is still so much, however, unknown about the life behind Hurston’s powerful voice. Most of what we know comes from her autobiography “Dust Tracks on a Road” and her semi-autobiographical master novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” From those works, Hurston has left us with powerful commentary on life. Here are a few of my favorites quotes.

1. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

2. “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

3. “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.”

4. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

5. “If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.”

6. “Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”

7. “It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.”

8. “Gods always behave like the people who make them.”

9. “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.”

10. “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.”

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maarnayeri:

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence." - Coretta Scott King
Famed author, Civil Rights trailblazer and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King passed on this day, January 30th, eight years ago in 2006, at the age of 78. May she rest in power and may her legacy and contributions never be forgotten.
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maarnayeri:

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence." - Coretta Scott King
Famed author, Civil Rights trailblazer and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King passed on this day, January 30th, eight years ago in 2006, at the age of 78. May she rest in power and may her legacy and contributions never be forgotten.
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maarnayeri:

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence." - Coretta Scott King
Famed author, Civil Rights trailblazer and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King passed on this day, January 30th, eight years ago in 2006, at the age of 78. May she rest in power and may her legacy and contributions never be forgotten.
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maarnayeri:

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence." - Coretta Scott King
Famed author, Civil Rights trailblazer and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King passed on this day, January 30th, eight years ago in 2006, at the age of 78. May she rest in power and may her legacy and contributions never be forgotten.
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maarnayeri:

I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence." - Coretta Scott King

Famed author, Civil Rights trailblazer and widow of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King passed on this day, January 30th, eight years ago in 2006, at the age of 78. May she rest in power and may her legacy and contributions never be forgotten.

art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
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art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."
 Lou Reed
  

But the raven, never flitting
still is sitting silent sitting
above a painting silent painting
of the forever silenced whore
and his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon’s that is dreaming
and the lamplight over him
streaming throws his shadow to the floor
I love she who hates me more
I love she who hates me more
and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow
nevermore…

   
(previous)
Zoom Info

art-and-fury:

Lorenzo Mattotti illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

"This is the work for the imagination; therefore I have included only audio clues, as this version is meant to be heard in the mind."

Lou Reed

  

But the raven, never flitting

still is sitting silent sitting

above a painting silent painting

of the forever silenced whore

and his eyes have all the seeming

of a demon’s that is dreaming

and the lamplight over him

streaming throws his shadow to the floor

I love she who hates me more

I love she who hates me more

and my soul shall not be lifted from that shadow

nevermore…

   

(previous)