Quotations From GERALD EARLY

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  • 1.
    Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and praise becomes a meaningless narcotic to soothe egoistic distemper.
    Gerald Early (b. 1952), U.S. author. repr. In The Best American Essays, 1991, ed. Joyce Carol Oates (1991). "Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant," Kenyon Review (1991).

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    "Do you like being a parent—you know, being a father, having children and all?" Linnet once asked me. "Yes," I said, after a moment. "It's like dancing with a partner. It takes a lot of effort to do it well. But when it's done well it's a beautiful thing to see."
    Gerald Early (20th century), U.S. writer, specialist in African-American Studies. Daughters, preface (1994).

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  • 3.
    I cannot be soft because it will make her soft, I thought, and soft black children cannot survive in this world. I do not know if this is true, but it was (and is) for me an undying truism.
    Gerald Early (20th century), U.S. writer, specialist in African-American Studies. Daughters, part 1 (1994).

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