Zora Neale Hurston Quotes



Best 25 Their Eyes Were Watching God Quotes by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God Quotes

“All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion.

It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“He looked like the love thoughts of women.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“It was the meanest moment of eternity.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“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.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“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.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“She starched and ironed her face, forming it into just what people wanted to see.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered.

But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“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.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“The morning air was like a new dress. That made her feel the apron tied around her waist. She untied it and flung it on a low bush beside the road and walked on, picking flowers and making a bouquet.

From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything.”

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“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.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“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.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“When God had made The Man, he made him out of stuff that sung all the time and glittered all over. Some angels got jealous and chopped him into millions of pieces, but still he glittered and hummed.

So they beat him down to nothing but sparks but each little spark had a shine and a song. So they covered each one over with mud. And the lonesomeness in the sparks make them hunt for one another.”

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“I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it.”


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