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Quotations From ZORA NEALE HURSTON


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  • I am colored but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances except the fact that I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother's side was not an Indian chief.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," The World Tomorrow (May 1928).

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  • The great belt on the wheel of Time slipped and eternity stood still.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "The Gilded Six Bits," Opportunity (1925), Spunk: The Selected Short Stories of Zora Neale Hurston (1988).

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  • Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Amram, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 2, J.B. Lippincott (1939).
  • Africa has her mouth on Moses.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Author's note, from Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 8.

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  • It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Dust Tracks on a Road, ch. 4, J.P. Lippincott (1942).

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  • It costs you something to do good!
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Moses, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 11, J.B. Lippincott (1939).
  • These, his images and happenings of the mind, scrambled from his lips and entertained the listeners for a day, then went to join the thousands of other dreams where they dwelt.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 6, J.B. Lippincott (1939).
  • If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Moses, in Moses Man of the Mountain, J.P. Lippincott (1939).
  • I dont see no way out but death and, Caleb, you are up against a hard game when you got to die to beat it.
    (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Amram, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 2, J.B. Lippincott (1939).

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  • But for the national welfare, it is urgent to realize that the minorities do think, and think about something other than the race problem.
    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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