The Sealy Challenge

#TheSealyChallenge Day 1:

The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison ✒️

Samah Fadil


Book cover of The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison on brick background with hummingbird bookmark inside

This is a collection of quotes pulled from Ms Morrison’s entire body of work. These short bits give us only a small glimpse of her genius pen. She loved to write about language and what it means to understand it (or not), and trying to find meaning in life. I find her pen to be very clear and to the point. Her words are urgent and poignant. She does not dwell in flowery language but weighs each word carefully. This collection explores themes of love, ownership, loneliness, womanhood, blackness and words. I truly loved this collection and definitely want to read more of the work these quotes are pulled from.

𝗠𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀:

“If writing is thinking and

discovery and selection and order and meaning,

it is also awe and reverence

and mystery and magic.”

“How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”

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Tomorrow’s book will be The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje!



Samah Fadil

I like to write and ask questions about politics, poetry, pop culture, power, philosophy, pen game, and various other P words. Not catered to the White Gaze™️.