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My Top 5 Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

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Charlotte Page-Sinclair is the protagonist of my upcoming story The Lavish Northrup Hall. As I've stated in a previous blog post, I have an old soul. So when the idea of writing about a witty, sophisticated and educated black woman scholar in 1920's England popped in my head, I jumped on it. I must say, it isn't easy to create a character. Essentially, you're making a person out of thin air. If you want them to be compelling then you have to come up with a backstory, flaws and quirks as well as motives and desires. 

As an anthropologist, I wanted to pay homage to my work and the works of the late Zora Neale Hurston. She is the primary inspiration behind Charlotte Page Sinclair, who is also an anthropologist and folklorist studying under the  tutelage of a well respected college professor. Charlotte, in a similar manner, is a central figure in a political and social movement in Harlem as well. I consider her witty, spunky and fun. Hurston's quotes are so rejuvenating to me. Perhaps  it is because I'm writer and anthropologist still evolving in my craft. So... here are my top 5 Zora Neale Hurston quotes that gets me up in the morning.

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
— Zora Neale Hurston
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
— Zora Neale Hurston
Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.
— Zora Neale Hurston
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
— Zora Neale Hurston
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

Bonus Quote:

I did not just fall in love. I made a parachute jump.
— Zora Neale Hurston