02/18/2013 03:09 pm ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

Toni Morrison Birthday: Iconic Author Turns 82 Today

Happy birthday, Toni Morrison!

Over the years the legendary author, who turns 82 today, has made a monumental contribution to literature. From her debut novel "The Bluest Eye," in 1970 to "Song of Solomon," and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 novel "Beloved," Morrison has carved out a space for herself as one of the foremost black, female writers of her time.

As the first African American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature , Morrison talked about the power of language during her 1993 lecture.

In honor of her birthday, we've compiled eight of the author's compelling quotes. Her talent and skill with words shines through in each sentence.

Check out the quotes in the slideshow, and let us know your favorite in the comments section below.

Toni Morrison Quotes