This is the birth month of Zora Neale Hurston, a Harlem Renaissance era novelist, short story writer, essayist, sociologist, and all around bold and original woman. Stories about Zora Neale Hurston’s laugh, look, and sharp tongue are legendary. So get a little Zora in your life today and channel all the boldness you can handle from these ten quotes.
“Mama exhorted her children
at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’
We might not land on the sun,
but at least we would get off the ground.”
“I do not weep at the world
I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
“I love myself when I am laughing. . .
and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.”
“I will fight for my country,
but I will not lie for her.”
“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.”