ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston was an author, an anthropologist, a filmmaker, a Voodoo priestess, an inspiration. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from her. For more information and resources please check out my post on her hometown Eatonville, Florida. Enjoy these words from our wise ForeMama!

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.

Zora Neale Hurston


Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston

I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.

Zora Neale Hurston


Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at the sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

― Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road


They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.

― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God


You can’t beat me and my prayers!

-Zora Neale Hurston , Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings

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