61+ Famous Zora Neale Hurston Quotes About Life, Love

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes | Zora Neale Hurston January 7, 1891. She was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker.

She wrote fiction about contemporary issues in the Black community and became a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Her novels went relatively unrecognized by the literary world for decades. In 1975, author Alice Walker published an article, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston”, in the March issue of Ms. magazine that year, after then she came into limelight.

During a period of financial and medical difficulties, Hurston was forced to enter St. Lucie County Welfare Home, where she suffered a stroke. She died of hypertensive heart disease on January 28, 1960.


Zora Neale Hurston Quotes


“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

Zora Neale Hurston


“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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“I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I regret all of my books.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Gods always love the people who make em.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Gods always behave like the people who make them.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It’s no use of talking unless people understand what you say.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“When a man keeps beating me to the draw mentally, he begins to get glamorous.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Quotes From Zora Neale Hurston


“It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“No man may make another free.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“But for the national welfare, it is urgent to realize that the minorities do think, and think about something other than the race problem.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It’s a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Anybody depending on somebody else’s gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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“The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for their enormous and unconscious cruelty.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“People can be slave-ships in shoes.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“There is something about poverty that smells like death.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It costs you something to do good!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Bitterness is the coward’s revenge on the world for having been hurt.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Famous Zora Neale Hurston Quotes


“Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I made up my mind to keep my feelings to myself since they did not seem to matter to anyone else but me.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She didn’t read books so she didn’t know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It was the meanest moment of eternity.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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 a sword in my hands.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Famous Quotes By Zora Neale Hurston


“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes Images

“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Her old thoughts were going to come in handy now, but new words would have to be made and said to fit them.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Oh to be a pear tree – any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“You heard me. You ain’t blind.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It was not death she feared. It was misunderstanding.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“You’se something tuh make uh man forgit to git old and forgit tuh die.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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“It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She was saving up feelings for some man she had never seen.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston Famous Quotes


“And I can’t die easy thinking maybe the menfolks white or black is making a spit cup out of you. Have some sympathy for me. Put me down easy, Janie, I’m a cracked plate.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“He was the average mortal. It troubled him to get used to the world one way and then suddenly have it turn different.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“My head was full of misty fumes of doubt.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Mystery is the essence of divinity.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Look lak she been livin’ through uh hundred years in January without one day of spring.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“The sun had become a light yellow yolk and was walking with red legs across the sky.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Anytime you catch folks lying, they scared of something!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“There is two things everybody got to find out for their selves. They got to find out about love and they got to find out about living.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“People can be slave ships in shoes.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“One finds great comfort in good dinners”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Night came walking through Egypt swishing her black dress.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Famous Zora Neale Hurston Quotes About Life, Love


“It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Truth is a letter from courage!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“They bowed down to him rather, because he was all of these things, and then again he was all of these things because the town bowed down.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“So Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time and an orange time.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom and took to living in the parlor.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“You can’t beat me and my prayers!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Every morning the world flung itself over and exposed the town to the sun.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Every tub sits on its bottom.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I would like just a little of her sunshine to soak into my soul. I would like that a lot.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Lack of power and opportunity passes off too often for virtue.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Tea Cake, the son of the Evening Sun, had to die for loving her.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“It seemed to me that the human beings I met reacted pretty much the same to the same stimuli. Different idioms,yes. Circumstances and conditions having power to influence, yes. Inherent difference, no.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. They done ‘heard’ bout you just what they hope done happened.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Anybody depending on somebody else’s gods is depending on a fox not to eat chickens.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Random Zora Neale Hurston Quotes


“But any man who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“The varicolored cloud dust that the sun has stirred up in the sky was settling by slow degrees.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Now, women forget all the things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She tore off the kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was all there. She took careful stock of herself, then combed her hair and tied it back up again.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Common danger made common friends”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“For the first time she could see a man’s head naked of its skull. Saw the cunning thoughts race in and out through the caves and promontories of his mind long before they darted through the tunnel of his mouth.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Half Gods are worshipped with wine and Flowers. Real Gods require Blood.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“He Drifted off into sleep and Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston Quotes About Life


“It seems that tears and laughter, love and hate, make up the sum of life!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Perhaps I am just a coward who loves to laugh at life better than I do cry with it. But when I do get to crying, boy, I can roll a mean tear.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Being under my own roof, and my personality not invaded by others makes a lot of difference in my outlook on life and everything. Oh, to be once more alone in a house!”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston Quotes About Love


“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“He looked like the love thoughts of women.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Love, I find, is like singing.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“Please God, please suh, don’t let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah’m is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, Ah been so lonesome, and Ah been waitin’, Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“In the cool afternoon the fiend from hell specifically sent to lovers arrived at Janie’s ear. Doubt.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


“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.”

– Zora Neale Hurston


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