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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes on God (7 Quotes)


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  • All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.
    (Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God")

  • Please God, please suh, don't let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah'm is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, Ah been so lonesome, and Ah been waitin', Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time.
    (Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God")

  • She couldn't make him look just like any other man to her. He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom - a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung above him. He was a glance from God.
    (Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God")

  • Somebody got to think for women and chillun and cows. I god, they sho don't think none theirselves… When Ah see one thing Ah understands ten. You see ten things and don't understand one.
    (Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God")

  • Gods always love the people who make em.
    (Zora Neale Hurston)


  • Gods always behave like the people who make them.
    (Zora Neale Hurston)

  • Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.
    (Zora Neale Hurston)


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