Barack Obama said of her:
Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.
Truly, there is a little less beauty in the world today with her passing. For me, personally, as a writer, never did her words ring more true than her oft quoted words:
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
You will be deeply missed, Ms. Morrison, but your words live on. Words to live by now and always.