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Rest in Peace Toni Morrison

Pippin posted 8/8/2019 13:14 PM

I'm re-reading BELOVED in memory. Anyone else?

In the meantime, some of her quotes are remarkable, even without the context:

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down. (Song of Solomon)

Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it. (Jazz)

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. (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. (Beloved)

ďGimme hate, Lord,Ē he whimpered. ďIíll take hate any day. But donít give me love. I canít take no more love, Lord. I canít carry it...Itís too heavy. Jesus, you know, you know all about it. Ainít it heavy? Jesus? Ainít love heavy?Ē (Song of Solomon)

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.

Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling ó I don't think it's any of that ó it's helpless ... it's absence of control ó and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers ... and anger doesn't provide any of that ó I have no use for it whatsoever. (interview)

You think because he doesn't love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn't want you anymore that he is right -- that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don't. It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn't be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can't even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don't wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can't own a human being. You can't lose what you don't own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don't, do you? And neither does he. You're turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself.

minusone posted 8/9/2019 18:11 PM

Powerful. Inspiring. Heartfelt. Toni Morrison will be missed.

minusone posted 8/9/2019 18:12 PM


[This message edited by minusone at 6:13 PM, August 9th (Friday)]

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