The Best Love Quotes From African American Literature

March 20, 2014  |  

Reading fiction can be so refreshing and uplifting, especially if the writer can evoke emotion in the reader. African American literature spawns some of the best quotes about love and relationships, like these.

best love quotes“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”

~~~Toni Morrison, Jazz


"nikki_giovanni"“Some say we are responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us.”

~~~Nikki Giovanni

 

"Toni Morrison"“There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. 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. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God. “

~~~Toni Morrison, Paradise

 

"James Baldwin"“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

~~~ James Baldwin

 

"Zadie Smith"“The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.”

~~~ Zadie Smith, On Beauty

 

Terry McMillan“Back then I confused passions and orgasms with love. It took me years to realize the two weren’t synonymous.”

~~~Terry McMillan, Getting to Happy

 

"bell hooks"“To return to love, to get the love we always wanted but never had, to have the love we want but are not prepared to give, we seek romantic relationships. We believe these relationships, more than any other, will rescue and redeem us. True love does have the power to redeem but only if we are ready for redemption. Love saves us only if we want to be saved.”

~~~Bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

 

Octavia Butler pf“Paradise is one’s own place, One’s own people, One’s own world, Knowing and known,
Perhaps even Loving and loved.”

~~~Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

 

"Octavia Butler"“Kindness eases change, Love quiets fear.”

~~~Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

 

"Lucille Clifton"“The leaves believe such letting go is love, such love is faith, such faith is grace, such grace is God.
I agree with the leaves.”

~~~Lucille Clifton, “the lesson of the falling leaves”

 

langston“We love because it’s the only true adventure.”

~~~Langston Hughes

 

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“I found God in myself, and I loved her, I loved her fiercely.”

~~~Ntozake Shange

 

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“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”

~~~ Alice Walker

 

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“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”

~~~Maya Angelou

 

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“No. Don’t never go looking for love girl. Just wait. It’ll come. Like the rain fallin’ from the heaven, it’ll come. Just don’t never give up on love.”

~~~Sonia Sanchez

 

 

 

 

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  • Maggie

    I love this list b/c it also gives some people ideas on new books to read and gives more awareness of black female authors.

  • HoneyDipp

    Who doesn’t love LOVE?!?!