Odin James: My life is over, that’s it. But while all ya’ll are out here livin’ yours, sitting around talking about the nigger that lost it back in high school, you make sure you tell them the truth. You tell them I loved that girl! I did! But I got played! He twisted my head up. He fucked it up. I ain’t no different than none of ya’ll. My mom’s ain’t no crack head. I wasn’t no gang banger. It wasn’t some hood rat drug dealer that tripped me up. It was this white, prep school motherfucker standing right there! You tell them where I’m from. . .didn’t make me do this.
Chenille: You and Derek act like it don’t bother people to see you together. Like it don’t hurt people to see.
Sara: Well, we like each other. What is the big damn deal? It’s me and him, not us and other people.
Chenille: Black people, Sara. Black women. Derek’s about something. He’s smart. He’s motivated. He’s for real. He’s not gonna make babies and not take care of them, or run the streets messing up his life. He’s gonna make something of himself. And here you come — white, so you gotta be right — and take one of the few decent men we have left after jail, drugs and drive-by. That is what Nikki meant about you up in our world.
Sara: There’s only one world, Chenille.
Chenille: That’s what they teach you. We know different.
Lucy: “They perched in silence. ‘How can we be so diff. . diff…diff. . .” I don’t know that word.
Sam: Yes, you do. That’s the word that starts with a “D.”
Lucy: I’m tired.
Sam: I don’t believe you.
Lucy: Are you calling me a liar?
Sam: Yes. I think you have to read the word.
Sam: Yeah, you have to read that word.
Sam: Yeah. Here it is. There’s the picture where they’re all perched. Now read the word.
Lucy: No! I won’t read the word!
Sam: I’m your father and I’m telling you to read the word. I can tell you to because I’m your father.
Lucy: I’m stupid.
Sam: You are not stupid.
Lucy: Yes, I am.
Sam: You are not stupid, because you can read that word.
Lucy: I don’t want to read it if you can’t.
Sam: No, because it makes me happy. It makes me happy hearing you read. Yeah. It makes me happy when you’re reading.
Lucy: “They perched in silence for a long time. ‘How can we be so different and feel so much alike?’
mused Flitter. ‘How can we feel so different and be so much alike?’ wondered Pip. ‘I think this is quite a mystery.”‘
Sam: Keep going.
Eli: [On the answering machine] Hi, this is Eli, leave a message.
Brett: Eli, are you there? Buddy? Hello, hello. That’s right, there’s an X-Files marathon on. I cannot believe I’m friends with a Trekkie. It’s pathetic.
Eli: Okay, I am not a Trekkie. You got that? I just like The X-Files. I believe the truth is out there. Don’t you?
Rahul Chadha: I just fell from grace.
Saroj Rai: My darling, you have to be standing up in order to be able to fall. I mean, if you keep sitting on your ass, nothing’s gonna happen. “Only brave warriors fall off their horses in battle. How can kneeling cowards know what a fall is?” Listen sweetheart, the main thing is, you have to fight the battle.