Zora Neale Hurston is the literary gift that keeps giving. Arguably one the best writers of her time, of any time, she is remembered commonly as one of the preeminent writers of the Harlem Renaissance. She has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker and Toni Cade Bambara. She was a founder of FIRE!! magazine in 1926.
Hurston was almost lost to time, however. That is until author Alice Walker went looking for her grave and subsequently revived Hurston in the public imagination through her 1975 essay for Ms. magazine, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston.”
There is still so much, however, unknown about the life behind Hurston’s powerful voice. Most of what we know comes from her autobiography “Dust Tracks on a Road” and her semi-autobiographical master novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” From those works, Hurston has left us with powerful commentary on life. Here are a few of my favorites quotes.
1. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”