Though she was born 125 years ago, Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy continues to resonate today. A celebrated writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Hurston was best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. While it stunned readers after its 1937 publication with its tale featuring a strong, black female protagonist, Their Eyes is now widely recognized as a 20th-century literary classic.
In honor of Hurston’s birthday, we’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes from Their Eyes in this gallery. Enjoy browsing Hurston’s words of wisdom, and pick up the book for more inspiration.