A legend, a leader, a storyteller and an icon. Toni Morrison’s impact on literature is . The day her passing was announced I saw tribute upon tribute from people who’m I admire from a distance and those I hold dear to my heart.

I sat thinking it’s time to slow down, reengage and pick up a piece of literature - the next book I’'ll hold in my hand, the next pages to touch my fingertips, the next collection of words I will see are going to be those of Toni Morrison.

Here are my favorite quotes:

  • You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

  • If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

  • Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.

  • At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.

Toni Morrison’s words were powerful, her speaking voice was magic. Toni Morrison inspired so many, she inspired those who inspired me. Her life was long and abundant, a magical story teller, a woman of the Civil Rights era, a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner, a black history icon a woman who’s words impacted people’s souls.

2 Toni Morrison tributes from 2 national treasures.

Oprah Winfrey:

"In the beginning was the Word," Winfrey wrote. "Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song…of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more."She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller," Winfrey continued. "She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work. She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!"

President Barack Obama:

"Time is no match for Toni Morrison," he wrote in a Facebook post. "In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will... Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful — a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page."

What are you favorite Toni Morrison books or quotes?

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