"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Toni Morrison on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Toni Morrison on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Toni Morrison on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Toni Morrison on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Toni Morrison on Booker T. Washington
"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."