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Ntozake Shange Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Ntozake Shange
  1. #1
    “And this is for Colored girls who have considered suicide, but are moving to the ends of their own rainbows.”
  2. #2
    “Ever since I realized there waz someone callt/
    a colored girl an evil woman a bitch or a nag/
    i been tryin not to be that & leave bitterness/
    in somebody else’s cup...”
  3. #3
    “somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff
    not my poems or a dance i gave up in the street
    but somenody almost walked off wid alla my stuff
    like a kleptomaniac workin hard and forgettin while stealin
    this is mine
    this aint yr stuff
    now why dont you put me back and let me hang out in my own self...”
  4. #4
    “its been so many years and
    there
    he was at the concert and he looked the same way he’s always looked
    and then he looked at me the same way he’s always looked
    and then his arm was around me
    and we walked the same way
    we’s always walked
    and i fell into his arms
    and we fell into the bed.”
  5. #5
    “i usedta live in the world
    really be in the world
    free & sweet talkin
    good mornin & thank-you & nice day
    uh huh
    i cant now
    i cant be nice to nobody
    nice is such a rip-off
    regular beauty & a smile in the street
    is just a set-up”
  6. #6
    “one thing I don’t need
    is any more apologies
    i got sorry greetin me at my front door
    you can keep yrs
    i don’t know what to do wit em
    they don’t open doors
    or bring the sun back
    they don’t make me happy
    or get a mornin paper
    didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
    cuz a sorry.”
  1. #7
    “i usedta live in the world
    then i moved to HARLEM
    & my universe is now six blocks”
  2. #8
    “Being alive and being a woman is all I got but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet”
  3. #9
    “i loved you on purpose
    i was open on purpose
    i still crave vulnerability & close talk
    & i’m not even sorry bout you bein sorry
    you can carry all the guilt & grime ya wanna
    just dont give it to me
    i cant use another sorry
    next time
    you should admit
    you’re mean/ low-down/ triflin/ & no count straight out
    steada bein sorry alla the time
    enjoy bein yrself”
  4. #10
    “but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical
    dilemma/ i havent conquered yet/ do you see the point
    my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender/ my love is too delicate to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too delicate to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too beautiful to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too sanctified to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too magic to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too saturday nite to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too complicated to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too music to have thrown back on my face”
  5. #12
    ″...somebody almost walke off wid alla my stuff
    and didnt care enuf to send a not home sayin
    i waz late fo my solo conversation
    or two sizes too small for my own tacky skirts
    what can anybody do wit somethin of no value on
    a open market
    did you getta dime for my things
    hey man
    where are you goin wid alla my stuff
    this is a woman’s trip and i need my stuff
    to ohh and ahh abt
    daddy
    i gotta mainline nmber
    from my own shit
    now wontchu put me back
    and let me play this duet
    wit this silver ring in my nose...”

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  1. #13
    “without any assistance or guidance from you
    i have loved you assiduously for 8 months 2 wks & a day
    i have been stood up four times
    i’ve left 7 packages on yr doorstep
    forty poems 2 plants & 3 handmade notecards i left
    town so i cd send to you have been no help to me
    on my job
    you call at 3:00 in the mornin on weekdays
    so i cd drive 27 1/2 miles cross the bay before i go to work
    charmin charmin
    but you are of no assistance
    i want you to know
    this waz an experiment
    to see how selifsh i cd be
    if i wd really carry on to snare a possible lover
    if i waz capable of debasin my self for the love of another
    if i cd stand not being wanted
    when i wanted to be wanted
    & i cannot
    so
    with no further assistance & no guidance from you
    i am endin this affair
    this note is attached to a plant
    i’ve been waterin since the day i met you
    you may water it
    yr damn self”
  2. #14
    “i’m only human, & inadequacy is what makes us human, & if we was perfect we wdnt have nothin to strive for, so you might as well go on & forgive me pretty baby, cause i’m sorry”
  3. #15
    “The stage is in darkness. Harsh music is heard as dim blue lights come up. One after another, seven women run onto the stage from each of the exits. They all freeze in postures of distress. The follow spot picks up the lady in brown. She comes to life and looks around at the other ladies. All of the others are still. She walks over to the lady in red and calls to her. They lady in red makes no response.”
  4. #16
    “somebody/ anybody
    sing a black girl’s song
    bring her out
    to know herself
    to know you
    but sing her rhythms
    carin/ struggle/ hard times
    sing her song of life
    she’s been dead so long
    closed in silence so long
    she doesn’t know the sound
    of her own voice
    her infinite beauty
    she’s half-notes scattered
    without rhythm/ no tune
    sing her sighs
    sing the song of her possibilities
    sing a righteous gospel
    let her be born
    let her be born
    & handled warmly.”
  5. #17
    “i am really colored & really sad sometimes & you hurt me
    more than i ever danced outta/ i am ready to die like a lily in the
    desert/ & i cdnt let you in on it cuz i didnt know/ here
    is what i have/ poems/ big thighs/ lil tits/ &
    so much love/ will you take it from me this one time/
    please this is for you”
  6. #18
    “Dark phrases of womanhood of never havin been a girl half-notes scattered without rhythm/no tune distraught laughter fallin over a black girl’s shoulder it’s funny/it’s hysterical the melody-lesslness of her dance don’t tell nobody don’t tell a soul she’s a dancin on beer cans and shingles
    this must be the spook house another song with no singers lyrics/ no voices and interrupted solos unseen performances
    are we ghouls? children of horror? the joke?...”
  7. #19
    “its not that i dont love him
    not that i never love him
    its just been so many years.”
  8. #20
    ″...don’t tell nobody don’t tell a soul
    are we animals? have we gone crazy?
    i can’t hear anythin but maddening screams
    and the soft strains of death
    and promised me
    you promised me...
    somebody/anybody
    sing a black girl’s song
    bring her out
    to know herself
    to know you
    but sing her rhythms
    carin/ struggle/ hard times
    sing her song of life
    she’s been dead so long
    closed in silence so long
    she doesn’t know the sound
    of her own voice
    her infinite beauty
    she’s half-notes scattered
    without rhythm/ no tune
    sing her sighs
    sing the songs of her possibilities
    sing a righteous gospel
    let her be born
    and handled warmly.”
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