Quotation by Zora Neale Hurston

But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal.... No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
Zora Neale Hurston (1907–1960), U.S. author. (Essay first published 1928). "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," I Love Myself When I Am Laughing (1979).
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