Literary Birthday – 7 January – Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was born 7 January 1891 and died 28 January 1960.


  1. Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
  2. I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death.
  3. 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.
  4. There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
  5. I am not tragically coloured. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
  6. Research is formalised curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
  7. It is one of the blessings of this world that few people see visions and dream dreams.
  8. An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.
  9. 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.
  10. Gods always behave like the people who make them.
  11. Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil.
  12. 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.
  13. Bitterness is the coward’s revenge on the world for having been hurt.

Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston’s four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th January 2015