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For nearly five decades, Toni Morrison, born Chloe Wofford, has gifted the world with unyielding insight and beautifully strung stories of life in America, racism, women, and love in the form of many award-winning novels, short stories, and essays.

Since the publication of her first novel, The Bluest Eye, at age 39, Morrison has been a beacon for literati worldwide — the Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner is both a staple in college English courses and on the bookshelves of our homes, making Morrison an uncontested artist in her space, in society, and in culture.

And for that, we honor her. On Morrison’s 84th birthday, we thank her for the wisdom and words she’s provided the world for generations to come. Check out some of our favorite Morrison quotes below.

We’re sure they’ll change your life.

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16 Toni Morrison Quotes To Live By (PHOTOS)
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