Quote by Zora Neale Hurston
I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.
This quote by Zora Neale Hurston highlights the duality of life experiences. It suggests that the speaker has endured significant hardships ("Sorrow's kitchen") and come out of it, having overcome various struggles ("licked out all the pots"). The second part of the quote depicts a contrasting image of standing triumphantly on a mountaintop, adorned with rainbows, and equipped with both the gentle beauty of a harp and the strength of a sword. It symbolizes the speaker's ability to navigate through life's challenges, transforming their pain into resilience and finding joy amidst adversity.
...the staff at my university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later all of Boston were behaving strangely towards me. ...I started to see crypto-communists everywhere. ...I started to think I was a man of great religious importance, and to hear voices all the time. I began to hear something like telephone calls in my head, from people opposed to my ideas. ...The delirium was like a dream from which I seemed never to awake.
Was it possible to love a man who made you feel ridiculous? Of course [.....], love was complicated, that was all. Or was love simple, and marriage was complicated? In seventeen years of marriage David had often left her feeling frustrated, and furious, and disgusted, yes - but he had also made her feel beautiful, and protected, and loved. And oh, what she would give to feel loved right now.