When You Dance with the Devil Quotes

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“To her mind, meanness was incompatible with purity, and meanness was the one word that, since her early childhood, she had always associated with her mother.”
“Her words stayed with him. For as long as he could remember, he had focused on himself, what he wanted, and how he’d get it.”
“But when he finally reached the pinnacle, his trophy ran like water through his fingers, and only then had he realized what was really important to him. Too late. Much too late.”
″ ‘Being black doesn’t mean being stupid.’ Lord, how good it felt to speak her mind. She was through with ‘yessing’ people.”
“She flashed him a smile. A flirtatious smile. The weapon of a woman who knew how to handle man.”
“If you don’t get out of that old house, you’ll waste away, a bitter woman like your mother and grandmother.”
“When they buried mama, they threw dirt on the last person who’s going to exploit me.”
“Sara, do this and Sara, do that. Sara, bring me this. Pick up that. Sara, come here. Sara, go there. Commands that she would never hear again, and that she would not miss.”
“I’m no worse than I ever was. This is just different.”
“The tears that finally streamed from her eyes were tears not of mourning but of relief, and tears for the dark unknown that lay ahead of her.”
“The empty void inside of her was a new experience, or maybe it had always been there, and she’d been so harassed, so put upon that she hadn’t had time for self-reflection.”
“Well, that’s all in the past. Tomorrow, I’ll start finding out what life is really like.”
“Her hood looks had never interested her; any effort she had made on her own behalf had been directed toward the simple matter of existing.”
“If I have to learn how other people live, I’d better start now.”
“He appreciated a business-like person, but the litany of regulations that rolled off the woman’s tongue made him nervous.”
“However, she needed a friend, any friend to whom she could feel close. At least she thought that was what she needed.”
“If Emma had ever smiled at her, Sara Jolene had not been looking. But Emma had been adept at mental torture.”
“She had avoided burying her mother beneath a blanket of white flowers for, to her, white symbolized purity, and nothing - not even death - would lead her to link Emma Tilman with purity.”
“Tears? She had no tears for Emma Tilman.”

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