Inspirational Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an African-American author. Below is a list of some Inspirational Zora Neale Hurston Quotes.

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes
Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“I have known the joy and pain of friendship. I have served and been served. I have made some good enemies for which I am not a bit sorry. I have loved unselfishly, and I have fondled hatred with the red-hot tongs of Hell. That’s living.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“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

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

“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

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

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“Bitterness is the coward’s revenge on the world for having been hurt.”
― Zora Neale Hurston quotes

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“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.”
― Zora Neale Hurston

“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

“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

4 Comments


  1. I think the “eyes were watching god” one is familiar, is there a book by the same name? I think we had to read it in high school but it’s all so long ago.

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  2. “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”
    ― Zora Neale Hurston

    A powerful quote. One of my favourite of the bunch.

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