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Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” Quotes (24 Quotes)


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  • Let me tell you something. A man ain't a goddamn ax. Chopping, hacking, busting every goddamn minute of the day. Things get to him. Things he can't chop down because they're inside.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Make a difference, does it? You stay the night here snake get you.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • No more running-from nothing. I will never run from another thing on this Earth. I took one journey and I paid for the ticket, but let me tell you something, Paul D. Garner: it cost too much!
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Not knowing it was hard; knowing it was harder.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")


  • She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it's not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it's gone, but the place--the picture of it--stays, and not just in my remory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head. I mean, even if I don't think if, even if I die, the picture of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • And wouldn't you know he'd be a singing man.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Clever, but schoolteacher beat him anyway to show him that definitions belonged to the definers - not the defined.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • The threads of malice creeping toward him from Beloved's side of the table were held harmless in the warmth of Sethe's smile.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship's, smooths and contains the rocker. It's an inside kind--wrapped tight like skin. Then there is the loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive. On its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one's own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")

  • He wants to put his story next to hers.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")


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