Zora Neale Hurston Quotes & Wallpapers

Zora Neale Hurston
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Among the thousand white persons, I am a dark rock surged upon, and overswept. Zora Neale Hurston

Gods always love the people who make 'em. Zora Neale Hurston

Tain't no use in you cryin' . . . But folks is meant to cry 'bout somethin' or other. Better leave things de way dey is. Youse young yet. No tellin' whut mout happen befo' you die. Zora Neale Hurston

Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear, and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Zora Neale Hurston

I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background........Beside the waters of the Hudson" I feel my race. Among the thousand white persons, I am a dark rock surged upon, and overswept, but through it all, I remain myself. When covered by the waters, I am; and the ebb but reveals me again." How It Feels to Be Colored Me Zora Neale Hurston

There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man's spice-box seasons his own food. Zora Neale Hurston

My head was full of misty fumes of doubt. Zora Neale Hurston

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

The monstropolous beast had left his bed. The two hundred miles a hour wind had loosed his chains. He seized hold of his dikes and ran forward until he met the quarters; uprooted them like grass and rushed on after his supposed-to-be conquerors, rolling the dikes, rolling the houses, rolling the people in the houses along with other timbers. The sea was walking the earth with a heavy heel. Zora Neale Hurston

When a man keeps beating me to the draw mentally, he begins to get glamorous. Zora Neale Hurston

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

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. Zora Neale Hurston

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. Zora Neale Hurston

A great state is a well-blended mash of something of all the people and all of none of the people. The liquor of statecraft is distilled from the mash you got. Zora Neale Hurston

But any man who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate. Zora Neale Hurston

I was born in a Negro town. Zora Neale Hurston

I am the kind of a woman that likes to move on mentally from point to point, and I like for my man to be there way ahead of me. Then if he is strong and honest, it goes on from there. Good looks are not essential, just extra added attraction. Zora Neale Hurston

It is a curious thing to be a woman in the Caribbean after you have been a woman in these United States. Zora Neale Hurston

From barren brown stems to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds to snowy virginity of bloom...It was like a flute song forgotten in another existence and remembered again. What? How? Why? This singing she heard that had nothing to do with her ears. The rose of the world was breathing out smell. It followed her through all her waking moments and caressed her in her sleep. Zora Neale Hurston

She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over. Zora Neale Hurston

Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men? The wide belt of the universe has no need for finger-rings. I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance. Zora Neale Hurston

The sun had become a light yellow yolk and was walking with red legs across the sky. Zora Neale Hurston

The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom and took to living in the parlor. Zora Neale Hurston

...she woke up in time to see the sun sending up spies ahead of him to mark out the road through the dark. He peeped up over the door sill of the world and made a little foolishness with red. Zora Neale Hurston

Now they got to look into me loving Tea Cake and see whether it was done right or not! They don't know if life is a mess of corn-meal dumplings, and if love is a bed-quilt! Zora Neale Hurston

I do not pray. . . . I do not expect God to single me out and grant me advantages over my fellow men. . . . Prayer seems to me a cry of weakness, and an attempt to avoid, by trickery, the rules of the game as laid down. I do not choose to admit weakness. I accept the challenge of responsibility. Zora Neale Hurston

To a haughty belly, kindness is hard to swallow and harder to digest. Zora Neale Hurston

Slogans can be worse than swords if they are only put in the right mouths. Zora Neale Hurston

Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches Zora Neale Hurston

I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads. Zora Neale Hurston

If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would get written at all. It might be better to ask yourself 'Why?"'afterwards than before There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you. Zora Neale Hurston

She's got those big black eyes with plenty shiny white in them that makes them shine like brand new money and she knows what God gave women eyelashes for, too. Her hair is not what you might call straight. It's negro hair, but it's got a kind of white flavor. Like the piece of string out of a ham. It's not ham at all, but it's been around ham and got the flavor. Zora Neale Hurston

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. Zora Neale Hurston

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 weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. Zora Neale Hurston

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein. Zora Neale Hurston

Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see. Zora Neale Hurston

There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought. Zora Neale Hurston

Mystery is the essence of divinity Zora Neale Hurston

No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep. Zora Neale Hurston

I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions. Zora Neale Hurston

It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams. Zora Neale Hurston

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

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. Zora Neale Hurston

Don't you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it's in the sea, and it's homesick, and bound to make its way home someday. Zora Neale Hurston

We must learn to be honest with ourselves, and know our shortcomings. We will acquire cohesion but we will pay dearly for being a slow pupil. Zora Neale Hurston

God took pattern after a pine tree and built you noble. Zora Neale Hurston

To me, bitterness is the under-arm odor of wishful weakness. It is the graceless acknowledgment of defeat. Zora Neale Hurston

To avoid the consequences of posterity the mulattos give the blacks a first class letting alone. There is a frantic stampede white-ward to escape from Jamaica's black mass. Zora Neale Hurston

Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey's back. Zora Neale Hurston

Such as I am, I am a precious gift. Zora Neale Hurston

Love, I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. Zora Neale Hurston

When we sing the blues, we're singin' out our hearts, we're singing out our feelings. Maybe we're hurt and just can't answer back, then we sing or maybe even hum the blues. Zora Neale Hurston

He was the average mortal. It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different. Zora Neale Hurston

I don't know any more about the future than you do. I hope that it will be full of work, because I have come to know by experience that work is the nearest thing to happiness that I can find. . . I want a busy life, a just mind and a timely death. Zora Neale Hurston

Night came walking through Egypt swishing her black dress. Zora Neale Hurston

When the people sat around on the porch and passed around the pictures of their thoughts for the others to look at and see, it was nice. The fact that the thought pictures were always crayon enlargements of life made it even nicer to listen to. Zora Neale Hurston

They bowed down to him rather, because he was all of these things, and then again he was all of these things because the town bowed down. Zora Neale Hurston

Now, suppose a Negro does something really magnificent, and I glory, not in the benefit to mankind, but in the fact that the doer was a Negro. Must I not also go hang my head in shame when a member of my race does something execrable? . . . The white race did not go into a laboratory and invent incandescent light. That was Edison. . . . If you are under the impression that every white man is an Edison, just look around a bit. Zora Neale Hurston

I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background. Zora Neale Hurston

I know that nothing is destructible; things merely change forms. Zora Neale Hurston

It seems like the first law of Nature is that everybody likes to receive things, but nobody likes to feel grateful. Zora Neale Hurston

The liquor of statecraft is distilled from the mash you got. Zora Neale Hurston

every heart has its graveyard. Zora Neale Hurston

you can't beat me and my prayers! Zora Neale Hurston

If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all. Zora Neale Hurston

Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston

She didn't read books so she didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop. Zora Neale Hurston

..she began to stand around the gate and expect things. What things? She didn't know exactly. Her breath was gusty and short. She knew things that nobody ever told her. For instance, the words of the trees and the wind. .. She knew the world was a stallion rolling in the blue pasture of ether. She knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making. Zora Neale Hurston

Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat! Zora Neale Hurston

It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion. Zora Neale Hurston



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