"Black people have always been used as a buffer in this country between powers to prevent class war."
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."Toni Morrison on Albert Einstein
"One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam."Toni Morrison on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."Toni Morrison on Albert Einstein
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."Toni Morrison on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills we shall never surrender."Toni Morrison on Winston Churchill
"You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone."
"Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form."
"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough."
"There is nothing of any consequence in education, in the economy, in city planning, in social policy that does not concern black people."
"Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us it is also about me and you. Just the two of us."