Celebrating one of America's greatest writers on her 128th birthday.
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891.
An acclaimed researcher, anthropologist, and writer, she was a paramount voice of her generation, and her words resonate powerfully today. The author of four novels, including Their Eyes Were Watching God, her work is associated closely with the Harlem Renaissance, and her research—focused on Haitian Voodoo and Southern African American folklore—was fundamental to shaping modern anthropological perspectives.
She was widely dismissed by the literary establishment of her time, but today she's recognized as one of the greatest writers in American history.
Happy birthday to the greatest writer I’ve ever read, Zora Neale Hurston. Zora died penniless, blackballed from a l… https://t.co/vT5Pt5t82W— Evette Dionne 🏁 (@Evette Dionne 🏁)1578411399.0
In celebration of this amazing woman, here are some of her many extraordinary quotes.
1. "I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands."
2. "Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me."
3. "I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
4. "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."
5. "I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all."
6. "Prayer seems to me a cry of weakness, and an attempt to avoid, by trickery, the rules of the game as laid down. I do not choose to admit weakness. I accept the challenge of responsibility."
7. "If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."
8. "It is hard to apply oneself to study when there is no money to pay for food and lodging. I almost never explain these things when folks are asking me why I don't do this or that."
9. "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her."
10. "Colonialism and race is at the bottom of the whole thing. So long as we support England and France in their colonial policies in Asia, so long shall our young men die over there."
11. "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein."
12. "She didn't read books so she didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop."
13. "Everybody has some special road of thought along which they travel when they are alone to themselves. And his road of thought is what makes every man what he is."
14. "There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought."
15. "Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil."
16. "I love myself when I am laughing. And then again when I am looking mean and impressive."
17. "Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
18. "It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams."
19. "Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow."
20. "...It grew upon me that I ought to walk out to the horizon and see what the end of the world was like."
21. "It's no use of talking unless people understand what you say."
22. "Anytime you catch folks lying, they scared of something!"
23. "I have known the joy and pain of friendship. I have served and been served. I have made some good enemies for which I am not a bit sorry. I have loved unselfishly, and I have fondled hatred with the red-hot tongs of Hell. That's living."
24. "There is no single face in nature, because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man's spice-box seasons his own food."
25. "Grown people know that they do not always know the way of things, and even if they think they know, they do not know where and how they got the proof."
26. "My sense of humor will always stand in the way of my seeing myself, my family, my race or my nation as the whole intent of the universe."
27. "Mystery is the essence of divinity."
28. "It seems to me to be true that heavens are placed in the sky because it is the unreachable. The unreachable and therefore the unknowable always seems divine--hence, religion. People need religion because the great masses fear life and its consequences. Its responsibilities weigh heavy. Feeling a weakness in the face of great forces, men seek an alliance with omnipotence to bolster up their feeling of weakness, even though the omnipotence they rely upon is a creature of their own minds. It gives them a feeling of security."
29. "Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men? The wide belt of the universe has no need for finger-rings. I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance."
30. "The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell."
31. "There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them."
32. "No man may make another free."
33. "There is two things everybody got to find out for theirselves. They got to find out about love and they got to find out about living."
34. "Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore."
35. "If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would get written at all. It might be better to ask yourself 'Why?' afterward than before … There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
On Zora Neale Hurston's birthday, we present to you: The ZORA Canon: 100 Best Books by African American Women Autho… https://t.co/9IX5uQCSZm— Vanessa K. De Luca (@Vanessa K. De Luca)1578401338.0
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Aside from being a nice guy who donates to charity, respects women, and maybe fights crime, here are Keanu's best roles of all time.
Keanu Reeves is definitively America's sweetheart.
In this age of slimy men and toxic masculinity finally being reckoned with, Reeves is a breath of wholesome, well-intentioned, accessibly handsome fresh air. As we've noted before, "The craziest thing about Keanu Reeves' amazingness is that he's really not so 'amazing' at all; he's just a genuinely decent person, which makes him stand out amidst the wasteland of egoism, greed, and selfishness that makes up most of celebrity culture."
But has his real-life persona, which has celebrated almost excessively in recent media, overshadowed his excellence in acting? Sure, he's a great guy, but what about his many achievements in film and television? Shouldn't he get credit for the magnificent depth of character acting he's capable of? For the extraordinary scope of human experience he's portrayed?
In honor of Keanu the actor, the artist, and the visionary, we've listed his 5 best roles of all time. Because, yeah, we get it, he's a pure, excellent human being. But after all, he is an actor: a good one.
5. Me And Will
In this film, Keanu stretches his creative reach by playing a wholesome, deeply lovable, and pure man, which is to say that he plays himself.
4. Side By Side
In this film, Keanu plays a wholesome, deeply lovable, and pure man: himself.
3. Ellie Parker
In this film, Keanu once again plays a wholesome, deeply lovable, and pure man (himself).
In this film, Keanu plays a man who is wholesome, deeply lovable, and pure. Who? Himself.
1. Always Be My Maybe
In this film, Keanu gives a brilliant performance as a wholesome, deeply lovable, and pure actor. Specifically? Oh right, he plays himself.
Keanu Reeves Stops A ROBBERY! www.youtube.com
There's an entire genre of YouTube videos that consists of nothing but news bloopers, and they're equal parts hilarious and panic-inducing.
"Right after the break, we're going to interview Erik Weihenmayer, who climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, but he's gay—I mean, he's gay, excuse me, he's blind."
Back in the early 2000's a young news anchor in New Mexico had a slip of the tongue on live TV that has enterred the annals of news blooper history.
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Cynthia Izaguirre had just gotten done reporting on a separate story discussing activism for gay rights, and was setting up a segment with the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, and her thoughts got twisted on the way to her mouth, resulting in a 14-second clip that would live on in infamy.