32 Jean Toomer Quotes from American Poet & Novelist

Jean Toomer was a popular personality in African-American literature.

Known for his literary work “Cane” Toomer was a poet, playwright and novelist who captured African-American life and culture.

He was brought up mostly by his mother and grandfather and he attended segregated schools and rejected racial classification.

His most widely popular work include “Blue Meridian.”

Jean Toomer Quotes

He later turned to spiritual teachings and lived as a recluse stopping his literary work in 1950 and passing away in 1967.

Here are the top quotes by Jean Toomer.

Best Jean Toomer Quotes


Her body was tortured with something it could not let out. ~ Jean Toomer.


Her own glowing is too rich a thing to let her feel the slimness of his diluted passion. ~ Jean Toomer.


We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. ~ Jean Toomer.


To understand a new idea, break an old habit. ~ Jean Toomer.


I am not less poet; I am more conscious of all that I am, am not, and might become. ~ Jean Toomer.

Men had always wanted her, this Karintha, even as a child, Karintha carrying beauty, perfect as dusk when the sun goes down. ~ Jean Toomer.

The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. ~ Jean Toomer.


Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads, Great, hollow, bell-like flowers ~ Jean Toomer.

It takes a well-spent lifetime, and perhaps more, to crystalize in us that for which we exist. ~ Jean Toomer.


Most novices picture themselves as masters – and are content with the picture. This is why there are so few masters. ~ Jean Toomer.

There is no such thing as happiness. Life bends joy and pain, beauty and ugliness, in such a way that no one may isolate them. No one should want to. Perfect joy, or perfect pain, with no contrasting element to define them, would mean a monotony of consciousness, would mean death. ~ Jean Toomer.

Famous Jean Toomer Quotes

Call them from their houses, and teach them to dream. ~ Jean Toomer.


Dripping rain like golden honey and the sweet earth flying from the thunder. ~ Jean Toomer.

If you have heard a Jewish cantor sing, if he has touched you and made your own sorrow seem trivial when compared with his, you will know my feeling when I follow the curves of her profile, like mobile rivers, to their common delta. ~ Jean Toomer.

Men are apt to idolize or fear that which they cannot understand, especially if it be a woman. ~ Jean Toomer.


We do not posses imagination enough to sense what we are missing. ~ Jean Toomer.

Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. ~ Jean Toomer.

O singers, resinous and soft your songs
Above the sacred whisper of the pines
Give virgin lips to cornfield concubines
Bring dreams of Christ to dusky cane-lipped throngs. ~ Jean Toomer.

Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own. ~ Jean Toomer.

Top Jean Toomer Quotes

We never know we are beings till we love. And then it is we know the powers and potentialities of human existence. ~ Jean Toomer.

Once a man has tasted creative action, then thereafter, no matter how safely he schools himself in patience, he is restive, acutely dissatisfied with anything else. He becomes as a lover to whom abstinence is intolerable. ~ Jean Toomer.


Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles. ~ Jean Toomer.

People mistake their limitations for high standards. ~ Jean Toomer.

We start with gifts. Merit comes from what we make of them. ~ Jean Toomer.

In a sick world, it is the first duty of the artist to get well. ~ Jean Toomer.


No eyes that have seen beauty ever lose their sight. ~ Jean Toomer.

O land and soil, red soil and sweet-gum tree,
So scant of grass, so profligate of pines ~ Jean Toomer.

Popular Jean Toomer Quotes

One may receive the information but miss the teaching. ~ Jean Toomer.

Whatever I believed, I did; I did with my whole heart and mind as far as possible to do so. ~ Jean Toomer.

Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. ~ Jean Toomer.


What’s beauty anyway but ugliness if it hurts you? ~ Jean Toomer.

Talk about it only enough to do it. Dream about it only enough to feel it. Think about it only enough to understand it. Contemplate it only enough to be it. ~ Jean Toomer.

So these were the 32 top quotes about Jean Toomer.

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