Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Quote of the Day (Toni Morrison, on Why ‘There Is No Time for Despair’)

“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom. Like art.” —American novelist and Nobel Literature laureate Toni Morrison (1931-2019), “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” The Nation, Apr. 6, 2015

(Photo of Toni Morrison taken at a lecture at West Point Military Academy in March, 2013. Author of photo: West Point - The U.S. Military Academy.)

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