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Zora Neale Hurston, an African American author and anthropologist, is best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She grew up during the Harlem Renaissance in Florida. Her father was a preacher and she had a comfortable upbringing with plenty of books to read. At the age of 20, Zora moved to New York City to attend Barnard College. With no money or prospects, she took various jobs at times including working as a maid in order to get by. Eventually she got married but divorced soon after due to her husband’s infidelity. This led her back down south where she spent most of her life writing about what people told her from their point of view rather than from an outsider.
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About Zora Neale Hurston

birth of the author

January 7, 1891

death of the author

January 28, 1960

occupation of the author

Folklorist, Anthropologist, Ethnographer, Short Story Writer, Filmmaker And More.

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Howard University, Barnard College, Columbia University

date of the author

C. 1925 – 1950

movement of the author

Literary Movement:
The Harlem Renaissance

award of the author

Notable Works:
Their Eyes Were Watching God


If it was so honorable and glorious to be black, why was it the yellow–skinned people among us had so much prestige? — Zora Neale Hurston

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


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Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it’s some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don’t know nothin’ but what we see. — Zora Neale Hurston

Night came walking through Egypt swishing her black dress. — Zora Neale Hurston

night came walking through egypt swishing her black dress Zora Neale Hurston quote

And I can’t die easy thinking maybe the menfolks white or black is making a spit cup out of you. Have some sympathy for me. Put me down easy, Janie, I’m a cracked plate. — Zora Neale Hurston

To avoid the consequences of posterity the mulattos give the blacks a first class letting alone. There is a frantic stampede white–ward to escape from Jamaica’s black mass. — Zora Neale Hurston

I was born in a Negro town. — Zora Neale Hurston


I love myself when I am laughing. — Zora Neale Hurston

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

i love myself when i am laughing Zora Neale Hurston quote

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

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

Love, i find, is like singing. everybody can do it enough to impress themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. — Zora Neale Hurston

A woman robbed of her love is more terrible than an army with banners. — Zora Neale Hurston

I note that the Africa loves to depict the grace of reptiles. — Zora Neale Hurston

gods always love the people who make em Zora Neale Hurston quote

It seems that tears and laughter, love and hate, make up the sum of life! — Zora Neale Hurston

She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman. — Zora Neale Hurston

He looked like the love thoughts of women. — Zora Neale Hurston

What were Zora Neale Hurston’s contributions?

Zora Neale Hurston was a scholar whose ethnographic research made her a pioneer writer of “folk fiction” about the black South, making her a prominent writer in the Harlem Renaissance.


Now they got to look into me loving Tea Cake and see whether it was done right or not! They don’t know if life is a mess of corn–meal dumplings, and if love is a bed–quilt! — Zora Neale Hurston

Perhaps I am just a coward who loves to laugh at life better than I do cry with it. But when I do get to crying, boy, I can roll a mean tear. — Zora Neale Hurston

when one is too old for love one finds great comfort in good dinners Zora Neale Hurston quote

I have a strong suspicion . that much that passes for constant love is a golded–up moment walking in its sleep. — 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

Janie looked down on him and felt a self–crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place. — Zora Neale Hurston

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

You have no idea, sir, how difficult it is to be the victim of benevolence. — Zora Neale Hurston

a woman robbed of her love is more terrible than an army with banners Zora Neale Hurston quote

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


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

Don’t you love nobody better’n you do yo’self. Do, you’ll be dying befo’ yo’ time is out. — Zora Neale Hurston

So Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time and an orange time. — Zora Neale Hurston

Please God, please suh, don’t let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah’m is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, Ah been so lonesome, and Ah been waitin’, Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time. — Zora Neale Hurston

a thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it Zora Neale Hurston quote

I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads. — Zora Neale Hurston

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Ethical and cultural desegregation. It is a contradiction in terms to scream race pride and equality while at the same time spurning Negro teachers and self–association. — Zora Neale Hurston

She woke up in time to see the sun sending up spies ahead of him to mark out the road through the dark. He peeped up over the door sill of the world and made a little foolishness with red. — Zora Neale Hurston

Like the dead–seeming, cold rocks, I have memories within that came out of the material that went to make me. Time and place have had their say. — Zora Neale Hurston

It was the meanest moment of eternity. — Zora Neale Hurston

so janie waited a bloom time and a green time and an orange time Zora Neale Hurston quote

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

But as de old folk always say, Ah’m born but Ah ain’t dead. No tellin’ whut Ah’m liable tuh do yet. — Zora Neale Hurston


I want a busy lIfe, a just mInd, and a tImely death. — Zora Neale Hurston

She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her. — Zora Neale Hurston

Most things are born in the mothering darkness and most things die. Darkness is the womb of creation, my boy. But the sun with his seven horns of flame is the father of life. — Zora Neale Hurston

i want a busy life a just mind and a timely death Zora Neale Hurston quote

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. — Zora Neale Hurston

Life, inexhaustible, goes on. And we do too. Carrying our wounds and our medicines as we go. — Zora Neale Hurston

Everybody is two beings: one lives and flourishes in the daylight and stands guard. The other being walks and howls at night. — Zora Neale Hurston

So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see. — Zora Neale Hurston

Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches — Zora Neale Hurston

she had waited all her life for something and it had killed her when it found her Zora Neale Hurston quote


I been through living for years. I just ain’t dead yet. — Zora Neale Hurston

There are two things everybody got to find out for themselves. They got to find out about love and they got to find out about living. — Zora Neale Hurston

Folklore is the boiled–down juice, or pot–likker, of human living. — Zora Neale Hurston

Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil. — Zora Neale Hurston

The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom and took to living in the parlor. — Zora Neale Hurston

i been through living for years i just ain t dead yet Zora Neale Hurston quote

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