Toni Morrison by  Cathleen Antoine - Oil Paint and Mixed Media

Born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor. 

If you want to fly, you have to give up the thing that weighs you down 

So give up the love you lost,

opportunities you missed,

give up the burden of that long time grudge,

that old fear that always breaks your spirit

and keeps you locked up in perpetual failure,

gather up air under your wings and get ready to take off,

if you strongly desire success, then you must fly,

so get up and conquer the sky. 

~Toni Morrison