Monday, February 21, 2011

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

"Beauty comes and goes. Strength, you keep forever."
"Old people are the strongest of all, for they have lived longer than all of us, and they have wisdom." (p.g. 19)

"You must learn to respect her," Papa said.
"But I do not respect her," I said.
Papa said, "Then you must learn to hide your disrespect. " (p.g.21)

"To gaze into another person's face is to do two things: to recognize their humanity, and to assert your own." (p.g. 29)