Quotes from Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston ·  219 pages

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“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“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 same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. 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, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on. But it was night, it stayed night. Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“It was the meanest moment of eternity.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“Of course he wasn't dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“...she starched and ironed her face, forming it into just what people wanted to see...”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“He looked like the love thoughts of women.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from 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!”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“..she began to stand around the gate and expect things. What things? She didn't know exactly. Her breath was gusty and short. She knew things that nobody ever told her. For instance, the words of the trees and the wind. .. She knew the world was a stallion rolling in the blue pasture of ether. She knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making. ”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


“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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God


About the author

Zora Neale Hurston
Born place: in Notasulga, Alabama, The United States
Born date January 7, 1891
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