Melvin B. Tolson: Why’d you come back?
Henry Lowe: School’s the only place you can read all day. Except prison.
Grandmother: Listen. I don’t like to preach, but here’s some advice. You’ll meet a lot of jerks in life. If they hurt you, remember it’s because they’re stupid. Don’t react to their cruelty. There’s nothing worse than bitterness and revenge. Keep your dignity and be true to yourself.
Petey Greene (over the P.A.): Yo, I was reading my court papers the other day, y’all. They say, “Ralph Waldo ‘Petey’ Greene versus the United States of America.” I say, “Goddamn! No wonder I’m up in this motherfucker!” So I’m gonna dedicate this next one to my baby. Man, she gonna be up here in a minute, and this gal, Lord have mercy, she’s fine as frog’s hair, yeah. So while this is playing, I want y’all to think about the one y’all love. And I’m talking about the one sends you them pictures, man, not the cat in the next bunk.
Milo Hughes: [laughs]
Dewey Hughes: I guess you’re pretty hard up for entertainment around here.
Milo Hughes: Yeah, man. This is prison.
Ashoke Ganguli: The camera! It is in the car. All this and no picture, huh? We just have to remember it then. Huh? Will you remember this day, Gogol?
Gogol: How long do I have to remember it?
Ashoke Ganguli: Ah, remember it always. Remember that you and I made the journey and went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.
Sadie: Look, Anna, what we do is really simple. We reclaim public space for women.
Anna: Why, though?
Shulamith: Because it’s important. Most people don’t realize how important it is. You may or may not have noticed that the public arena is entirely dominated by phallocentric imagery, chauvinistic political leaders, male fantasies of women. Most women aren’t even aware how much it affects them.
Juan: Do you know what my earliest memories are? Medical examinations. I thought I was so horrible when I was born that I had to have five operations before my first birthday. That’s what they call “normalization.” It’s not surgery. It’s castration. Making her afraid of her own body is the worst thing you can do to your child.
Patrick Kenzie: So what kind of name is Bressant?
Detective Remy Bressant: It’s the kind they give you in Lousiana.
Patrick Kenzie: Oh yeah? Thought you were from here.
Detective Remy Bressant: Well, it all depends on how you look at it. I mean, you might think that you’re more from here than me, for example. But I’ve been living here longer than you been alive. So who’s right?
Patrick Kenzie: I’ll mull it over.