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On Doing Language by Toni Morrison

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

-- Toni Morrison (1993 Nobel Prize Winner Lecture)

Toni was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. This quote is from her acceptance speech. The Nobel Prize site used to have the full lecture on it, but I can't find it. Hence the link to wikiquote which has a bunch of other good stuff on it