"What is all this running around after happiness? It's very American, and very boring. Why don't we just do something. constructive, something creative, and then if that makes us happy, fine. If it doesn't, at least we still have tilled the garden, baked the bread, took care of somebody who couldn't take care of themselves, written the book..."
and, about her book of a few years ago...
"The beloved, this is the corner of our soul that is reliable, that never betrays us, that is cherished by us, that we tend to cover up and hide and make into a personality."
by Toni Morrison, from a Washington Post article at Christmas, 1997.