A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
Things Fall Apart
Who shall bell the cat?
The Rats and The Cats
If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.
I know why the caged bird sings
I do not wish to see Negroes become the equal of their murderers. I wish us to become equal to ourselves. To become a people so free in themselves that they will have no need to – fear – others – and have no need to murder others.
Blues for Mr. Charlie
But surely to tell these tall tales and others like them would be to spread the myth, the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.
Tante Atie once said love is like rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you’re not careful it will drown you.
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Never forget that until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words – “wait and hope.”
The Count of Monte Cristo
When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
Ralph (Waldo) Emerson
A lot of young brothers… were so fed up with the white man they were willing to risk prison, and even death, to get away from him.
Makes Me Wanna Holler
Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Song of Solomon Pt. 1
You have asked me to give a history of the motives which induced me to undertake the late insurrection, as you call it. – To do so I must go back to the days of my infancy, and even before I was born.
The Confessions of Nat Turner
If a mule could tell folks how it’s treated, it would.
The Color Purple