Thursday, February 18, 2010

Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston

 Zora Neal Hurston
African American author, folklorist and anthropologist
1891-1960



"Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me."
~ Zora Neale Hurston


 


"THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD belongs in the same category with [the works of] William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, that of enduring American literature."
     - Saturday Review


Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.
-from Their Eyes Were Watching God 


"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."
     - Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen
 





"It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion."
 ~Zora Neale Hurston



3 comments:

  1. She sounds rather wonderful. And a friend of Countee Cullen? I must find that book. Thank you for the introdiction.

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  2. Thanks for this inspiring post!

    Aloha, Friend


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  3. "It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion."

    An apt comment for our times as well, wouldn't you say?

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