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. "It's simple. You read books—to learn facts—to get grades—to pass the course—to get a degree. That's all—it has nothing to do with thoughts."
"I also see that everybody thinks it's all right for mama to be a tyrant. But all the tyranny in the world will never put a God in the heavens."
"I will go home and much of what I will have to say will seem strange to the people of my village... But I will teach and work and things will happen, slowly and swiftly. At times it will seem that nothing changes at all... and then again... the sudden dramatic events which make history leap into the future. And then quiet again.
"But you've got to admit that a man, right or wrong, has the right to want to have the neighborhood he lives in a certain kind of way."
"So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life—now it's money. I guess the world do change..."
"Here I am a giant—surrounded by ants! Ants who can't even understand what it is the giant is talking about."
"He we go! A lecture on the African past! ...Let's face it, baby, your heritage is nothing but a bunch of raggedy-assed spirituals and some grass huts."
"I wanted to cure. It used to be so important to me. I wanted to cure. It used to matter. I used to care."
"If there are two things we, as a people, have got to overcome, one is the Klu Klux Klan—and the other is Mrs. Johnson."
Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning - because that ain't the time at all. It's when he's at his lowest and can't believe in hisself 'cause the world done whipped him so!
"He said everybody ought to learn how to sit down and hate each other with good Christian fellowship.
."Walter Lee say colored people ain't never going to start getting ahead till they start gambling on some different kinds of things in the world—investments and things. ... He needs this chance."
"Something eating you up like a crazy man. Something more than me not giving you this money. The past few years I been watching it happen to you. You get all nervous acting and kind of wild in the eyes—"
"Sometimes it's like I can see the future stretched out in front of me—just plain as day. The future, Mama. Hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me—a big, looming blank space—full of nothing. Just waiting for me. But it don't have to be."
"Who the hell told you you have to be a doctor? If you so crazy 'bout messing 'round with sick people—then go be a nurse like other women—or just get married and be quiet..."
"I'm just tired of hearing about God all the time. What has He got to do with anything. Does He pay tuition? ... It's just that I get tired of Him getting credit for all the things the human race achieves through its own stubbornneffort. There simply is no blasted God—there is only man and it is he whomakes miracles!"
"You're a nice looking girl...all over. That's all you need honey, forget the atmosphere. Guys aren't going to go for the atmosphere—they're going to go for what they see. Be glad for that."
"...We come from people who had a lot of pride. I mean—we are very proud people. And that's my sister over there and she's going to be a doctor—and we are very proud-- ... And he have all thought about your offer ... and we have decided to move into our house because me father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that's all we got to say about that. We don't want your money."
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