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Quotes

Toni Morrison's Love presents the reader with a wide range of perspectives from the very different characters in the story. One of the central dichotomies in the novel is the split between men and women. I'll mention some quotes here from different characters that provide different points of view and some other quotes that are Morrison's descriptions of the characters.

This is said by Sandler to his grandson Romen after he finds out that Romen and Junior probably had sex; it's a telling commentary on how many men see women:

"A woman is an important somebody and sometimes you win the triple crown: good food, good sex, and good talk. Most men settle for any one, happy as a clam if they get two."

This is the narrator, L, talking about the nature of love or infatuation:

"Young people, Lord. Do they still call it infatuation? That magic ax that chops away the world in one blow, leaving only the couple standing there trembling? Whatever they call it, it leaps over anything, takes the biggest chair, the largest slice, rules the ground wherever it walks, from a mansion to a swamp, and its selfishness is its beauty."

In this quote, we read about Heed, Bill's second wife:

"Heed’s own story was dyed in colors restored to their original clarity in bubbly water. She would have to figure out a way to prevent Junior’s presence from erasing what her skin knew first in seafoam."

It's an excellent example of Morrison's poetic language, reminiscent almost of Imagistic poetry.

This is L reflecting on the rift between Heed and Christine; Heed and Christine are the same age and were best friends until Bill Cosey, Christine's grandfather, took Heed as his second wife:

"Heed and Christine were the kind of children who can’t take back love, or park it. When that’s the case, separation cuts to the bone. And if the breakup is plundered, too, squeezed for a glimpse of blood, shed for the child’s own good, then it can ruin a mind. And if, on top of that, they are made to hate each other, it can kill a life way before it tries to live."