Quotations About / On: BLACK

  • 41.
    By dying I wanted to maintain my honor, and hide a flame so black from the daylight!
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Phaedra, in Phaedra, act 1, sc. 3 (1677). Phaedra describes her horror at her own incestuous passion.)
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  • 42.
    Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow—red, yellow, brown, black and white—and we're all precious in God's sight.
    (Jesse Jackson (b. 1941), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Speech, July 16, 1984, Democratic National Convention, San Francisco. Quoted in The Harper Book of American Quotations, ed. Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich (1988). Jackson added, "My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.")
  • 43.
    Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
    (William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 3 (1987).)
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  • 44.
    Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
    (Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in David Ray Johnson, On Sex, Health and ESP, ch. 2, appendix to "Biographical Study," (1975).)
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  • 45.
    Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Emily Wilkes, in I'm Dying Laughing, ch. 1, Holt (1987). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
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  • 46.
    The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
    (James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, Nov. 4, 1971, in London.)
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  • 47.
    ... black progress and progress for women are inextricably linked in contemporary American politics, and ... each group suffers when it fails to grasp the dimensions of the other's struggle.
    (Margaret A. Burnham (b. 1944), African American author. Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power, ch. 13 (1992).)
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  • 48.
    [Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Meursault describes Paris to his fiancee, in The Stranger, p. 65, Gallimard (1942).)
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  • 49.
    Had middle class black women begun a movement in which they had labeled themselves "oppressed," no one would have taken them seriously.
    (bell hooks (b. 1955), African American author and educator. Feminist Theory, ch. 1 (1984). Referring to the fact that the contemporary Women's Liberation Movement was founded largely by well-educated, middle-class white women. Hooks, who was college educated but grew up in a poor African American Kentucky family, was a feminist.)
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  • 50.
    ... black women have always found that in the social order of things we're the least likely to be believed—by anyone.
    (Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General of the United States. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 18 (January 30, 1994). Reflecting on the treatment of Anita Hill, an African American attorney and law school professor who accused Judge Clarence Thomas, also African American and then a U. S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual harassment when she had worked for him some years earlier. Hill was ridiculed by several Senators during Thomas's confirmation hearings. Ultimately, Thomas was appointed to the Court.)
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