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Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” Quotes (11 Quotes)


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  • Milkman could hardly breathe. Hagar's voice scooped up what little pieces of heart he had left to call his own.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • Nothing could be taken for granted. Women who loved you tried to cut your throat, while women who didn't even know your name scrubbed your back. Witches could sound like Katharine Hepburn and your best friend could try to strangle you. Smack in the middle of an orchid there might be a blob of jello and inside a Mickey Mouse doll, a fixed and radiant star.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it's there, because it can't hurt, and because what difference does it make?
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • They hooted and laughed all the way back to the car, teasing Milkman, egging him on to tell more about how scared he was. And he told them. Laughing too, hard, loud, and long. Really laughing, and he found himself exhilarated by simply walking the earth. Walking it like he belonged on it; like his legs were stalks, tree trunks, a part of his body that extended down down down into the rock and soil, and were comfortable there--on the earth and on the place where he walked. And he did not limp.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • Where do you get the right to decide our lives? I'll tell you where. From that little hog's gut that hangs between your legs. Well, let me tell you something... you will need more than that. I don't know where you will get it or who will give it to you, but mark my words, you will need more than that.... You are a sad, pitiful, stupid, selfish, hateful man. I hope your little hog's gut stands you in good stead, and you take good care of it, because you don't have anything else.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")


  • You already alone. If you want more alone, I can knock you into the middle of next week, and leave you there.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • You have pissed your last in this house . . . and I don't make velvet roses anymore.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • Gimme hate, Lord,ö he whimpered. ôIÆll take hate any day. But donÆt give me love. I canÆt take no more love, Lord. I canÆt carry it...ItÆs too heavy. Jesus, you know, You know all about it. AinÆt it heavy? Jesus? AinÆt love heavy?
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • I wish IÆd a knowed more people. I would of loved æem all. If IÆd a knowed more, I would a loved more
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")

  • Listen, baby, people do funny things. Specially us. The cards are stacked against us and just trying to stay in the game, stay alive and in the game, makes us do funny things. Things we can't help. Things that make us hurt one another. We don't even know why.
    (Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon")


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