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Zora Neale Hurston Quotes and Sayings

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Trees and plants always look like the people they live with,
somehow.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Related topics: Gardening

Gods always behave like the people who make them.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Gods always love the people who make em.
- Zora Neale Hurston

 

I regret all of my books.
- Zora Neale Hurston

I did not just fall in love.
I made a parachute jump.
- Zora Neale Hurston

When one is too old for love, one finds great comfort in good dinners.
- Zora Neale Hurston

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Research is formalized curiosity.
It is poking and prying with a purpose.
- 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 sword in my hands.
- 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

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

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

It's a funny thing, the less people have to live for,
the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing.
- Zora Neale Hurston

It is one of the blessings of this world that few people
see visions and dream dreams.
- Zora Neale Hurston

The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
- Zora Neale Hurston

The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for
their enormous and unconscious cruelty.
- Zora Neale Hurston

I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
- Zora Neale Hurston

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

No man may make another free.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person.
That is natural.
- Zora Neale Hurston

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

Those that don't got it, can't show it.
Those that got it, can't hide it.
- 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

When a man keeps beating me to the draw mentally,
he begins to get glamorous.
- Zora Neale Hurston

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
- Zora Neale Hurston

Sweat, sweat, sweat!
Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!
- Zora Neale Hurston

The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.
- Zora Neale Hurston

It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser.
- Zora Neale Hurston

People can be slave-ships in shoes.
- Zora Neale Hurston

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

Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending
on a fox not to eat chickens.
- Zora Neale Hurston

So the brother in black offers to these United States
the source of courage that endures,
and laughter.
- Zora Neale Hurston

It's no use of talking unless people understand what you say.
- 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

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

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

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am sure that if you plant the trees back again,
it will do nothing but good.
- Michael Fish

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the
way they have to live than other things do.
- Willa Cather

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
- Dave Barry

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
- John Muir

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more
roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

A man has made at least a start on discovering the
meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under
which he knows full well he will never sit.
- D. Elton Trueblood

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
- David Douglas

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
- Hal Borland

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
then names the streets after them.
- Bill Vaughan

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare,
and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
- Anton Chekhov

I am not bound for any public place,
but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees,
and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
- Wendell Berry

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
- Moliere

He plants trees to benefit another generation.
- Caecilius Statius

The trees in Siberia are miles apart,
that is why the dogs are so fast.
- Bob Hope

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles,
watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
- David Letterman

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls,
if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
- Dogen Zenji

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing
of children that they miss the glory of parenthood,
just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.
- Marcelene Cox

Your soul is a dark forest.
But the trees are of a particular species,
they are genealogical trees.
- Marcel Proust


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