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  • When a man keeps beating me to the draw mentally, he begins to get glamorous.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 14, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • I am her friend, and her tongue is in my mouth. I can speak her sentiments for her, though Ethel Waters can do very well indeed in speaking for herself.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 12, J.P. Lippincott (1942).

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  • I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 14, J.P. Lippincott (1942).

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  • I regret all of my books.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 11, J.P. Lippincott (1942).
  • Like the dead-seeming, cold rocks, I have memories within that came out of the material that went to make me. Time and place have had their say.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 1, J.P. Lippincott (1942).

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  • Ethical and cultural desegregation. It is a contradiction in terms to scream race pride and equality while at the same time spurning Negro teachers and self-association.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "Court Order Can't Make Races Mix," Orlando Sentinel (August 11, 1955).

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  • The whole matter revolves around the self-respect of my people. How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "Court Order Can't Make Races Mix," Orlando Sentinel (August 11, 1955).

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  • The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Caleb, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 10, J.B. Lippincott (1939).

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  • It certainly is hard, Amram, getting use to being a slave.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Caleb, in Moses Man of the Mountain, J.B. Lippincott (1939).
  • I have been amazed by the Anglo-Saxon's lack of curiosity about the internal lives and emotions of the Negroes, and for that matter, any non-Anglo-Saxon peoples within our borders, above the class of unskilled labor.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "What White Publishers Won't Print," Negro Digest (April 1950).
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