“Oppressive language does more than represent violence: it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge, it limits knowledge.” ~ Toni Morrison (born February 18, 1931) [my italics]
Morrison is an award-winning American author and editor. She is perhaps most well known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved (1987). In 1993 she won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
According to Wikipedia, “In 1996 the National Endowment for the Humanities selected Morrison to give the Jefferson Lecture…. Her lecture, entitled ‘The Future of Time: Literature and Diminished Expectations,’ began with the aphorism ‘Time, it seems, has no future,’ and cautioned against misuse of history to diminish expectations of the future.”
[Source for quotation: Morrison is quoted in “Face the Fear: A Rallying Cry for Writers”, a fine article by Rachel Kadish, in Poets and Writers Magazine, Sept / Oct 2010 issue, page 32. Kadish is the author of the novels Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story (2006) and From a Sealed Room (1998). Poets and Writers Magazine is an essential magazine for poets and writers; highly recommended.]
[Source for biographical information: Wikipedia, accessed August 30, 2010].