The Best Quotes from Beloved by Toni Morrison

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The Best Quotes from <i>Beloved</i> by Toni Morrison

Author Toni Morrison wrote powerful books for decades, from 1970’s The Bluest Eye to this year’s The Source of Self-Regard. But she’s best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, which follows a former slave named Sethe and her family in 1873 Ohio.

With the news of Morrison’s passing, we want to remember the most compelling quotes from the Nobel Prize-winner’s novel.

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“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

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“He wants to put his story next to hers.”

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“He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion—’

‘I don’t,’ She said. ‘I have my own.’”

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“Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”

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“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”

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“Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.”

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“You your own best thing, Sethe. You are.”

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