Knowledge is power!

Things Fall Apart

 

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
Chinua Achebe

 

 


The Rats and The Cat

 

Who shall bell the cat?

The Rats and The Cats
Aesop

 

 

 


 

I know why the caged bird sings

 

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
Maya Angelou

 

 

 


 

Blues for Mr. Charlie

 

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
James Baldwin

 

 


White Teeth

 

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.

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

 

 


Breath, Eyes, Memory

 

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
Edwidge Danticat

 

 

 


The Count of Monte Cristo

 

 

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
Alexander Dumas

 

 


Invisible Man

 

 

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

Invisible Man
Ralph (Waldo) Emerson

 

 


 

Makes me Wanna Holler

 

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
Nathan McCall

 

 

 


 

Song of Solomon

 

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Song of Solomon Pt. 1
Toni Morrison

 

 

 


The Confessions of Nat Turner

 

 

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

 

 


The Color Purple

 

If a mule could tell folks how it’s treated, it would.

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

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