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10 October 2014
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It sounded old. Deserve. Old and tired and beaten to death. Deserve. Now it seemed to him that he was always saying or thinking that he didn’t deserve some bad luck, or some bad treatment from others. He’d told Guitar that he didn’t ‘deserve’ his family’s dependence, hatred, or whatever. That he didn’t even ‘deserve’ to hear all the misery and mutual accusations his parents unloaded on him. Nor did he ‘deserve’ Hagar’s vengeance. But why shouldn’t his parents tell him their personal problems? If not him, then who? And if a stranger could try to kill him, surely Hagar, who knew him and whom he’d thrown away like a wad of chewing gum after the flavor was gone—she had a right to try to kill him too.

Apparently he though he deserved only to be loved—from a distance, though—and given what he wanted. And in return he would be…what? Pleasant? Generous? Maybe all he was really saying was: I am not responsible for your pain; share your happiness with me but not your unhappiness.

— Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon 
19 October 2013
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I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

— Toni Morrison
10 August 2013
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If I come to a place where I am unsure, I have the characters to go to for reassurance.

06 June 2013
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Toni Morrison. You know I can’t get enough of her. Check out this death passage, Sula, page 149. (Sorry for the spoiler.)

07 July 2012
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30 March 2012
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Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

15 December 2011

It was not death or dying that frightened him, but the unexpectedness of both.

— Toni Morrison, Sula
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