Today, the world has suffered a great loss. Toni Morrison, a literary icon and one of the most decorated Black authors of all time, has passed away at age 88.
Through her classic novels like Beloved, Sula, Song Of Solomon and The Bluest Eye, Morrison has used her profound gift of language and storytelling to beautifully convey the power of Black love. The complexities of relationships were always so beautifully written through Morrison’s works. We’ll forever cherish her for not only the stories she gave the world, but the love gems that unfolded from them.
In celebration of her life and legacy, scroll through the gallery for Toni Morrison’s best love quotes.
"You're turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself."
- Song of Solomon
HAY-ON-WYE, WALES - MAY 27: Toni Morrison, Nobel prize winning novelist, at the Hay Festival on May 27, 2014 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
"You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn - by practice and careful contemplations - the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it."
(Original Caption) 12/23/85-Albany, New York: Novelist Toni Morrison discusses her venture into playwriting in Albany. Morrison has earned a reputation as one of America's best fiction writers with her four novels.
"Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison photographed in New York City in 1979. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
"Love is never any better than the lover."
- The Bluest Eye
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 2: Toni Morrison poses February 2, 2004 in her downtown Manhattan apartment in New York City. (Photo by Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images)
"Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don't, do you? And neither does he. You're turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him?"
- Song of Solomon
Pulitzer prize winning author, Toni Morrison, 77, is photographed in her New York apartment .Toni Morrison, in her New York apartment. (Photo by Timothy Fadek/Corbis via Getty Images)
"Whatever happens, whether you get rich or stay poor, ruin your health or live to old age, you always end up back where you started: hungry for the one thing everybody loses — young loving."
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 20: Toni Morrison attends the Carl Sandburg literary awards dinner at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum on October 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/FilmMagic)
"You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down."
- Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison, American writer, Milan, Italy, 23rd November 1994. (Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images)
"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another."
NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Author Maya Angelou with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison at party in honor of poet Rita Dove & Morrison, at Angelou's home; Winston-Salem. (Photo by Will McIntyre/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
“Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind.”
SLUG: ST/MORRISON2 DATE: 11/12/2003 NEG#: 149261 Toni Morrison book signing at Metropolitan AME Church in DC. PICTURED: Toni Morrision signs a book for one of the many fans who came to the event. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)