quotes tagged with 'morrison'

Everybody remembers the first time they were taught that part of the human race was Other. That's a trauma. It's as though I told you that your left hand is not part of your body.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It seemed to me that the humiliation was key to what the experience was like.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The book was not about the instituion -- Slavery with a capital S. It was about these anonymous people called slaves. What they do to keep on, how they make a life, what they're willing to risk, however long it lasts, in order to relate to one another -- that was incredible to me.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I thought this has got to be the least read of all the books I'd written because it is about something that the characters don't want to remember, I don't want to remember, black people don't want to remember, white people don't want to remember. I mean, it's national amnesia.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I had this terribly reluctance about dwelling on that era. Then I realized I didn't know anything about it, really. And I was overwhelmed by how long it was. Suddenly the time --300 years-- began to drown me.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

becoming an American is based on an attitude: an exclusion of me. It wasn't negetive to them -- it was unifying. When they got off the boat, the second word they learned was "nigger".

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Still, like water, I remember where I was before I was "straightened out".

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like that: remembering where we were, what valley we ran through, what the banks were like, the light that was there and the route back to our original place.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

First of all, I must trust my own recollections. I must also depend on the recollections of others. Thus memory weighs heavily in what i write, in how I begin and in what I find to be significant.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

In shaping the experience [of slavery] to make it palatable to those who were in a position to alleviate it, they were silent about many things, and they "forgot" many other things. There was a careful selection of the instances that they would record and a careful rendering of those that they chose to describe.

Author: Toni Morrison, Source: The Site of MemorySaved by highflyingbabe in memory black morrison 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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