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    I'm really incredibly stubborn - you can ask my ex-husband. I think when you tell me 'no', if it's something I really want, I'm just going to push harder.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    The first book you write because of the way it makes you feel. The second one you can't help but wonder how it's going to make the reader feel.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: wonder  help  book  write 
     
    I sit in my little office and I feel like I've got all my readers staring at me.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    When I grew older and awkward, when my parents divorced and life had gone all to hell, Demetrie stood me at the wardrobe mirror and told me over and over, 'You are beautiful. You are smart. You are important.' It was an incredible gift to give a child who thinks nothing of herself.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    That white uniform was her 'pass' to get into white places with us - the grocery store, the state fair, the movies. Even though this was the 70s and the segregation laws had changed, the 'rules' had not.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: law  rules  movie 
     
    Demetrie came to wait on my grandmother in 1955 and stayed for 32 years. It was common, in Mississippi, to have a black domestic cleaning the kitchen, cooking the meals, looking after the white children.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: children  child  black  year 
     
    On the one hand I wonder, Was this really my story to tell? On the other hand, I just wanted the story to be told. But the truth is that I didn't think anybody was going to read it.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: truth  wonder  stories  read 
     
    Some readers tell me, 'We always treated our maid like she was a member of the family.' You know, that's interesting, but I wonder what your maid's perspective was on that.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    I grew up in the 1970s, but I don't think a whole lot had changed from the '60s. Oh, it had changed in the law books - but not in the kitchens of white homes.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: law  book 
     
    As I wrote, I found that Aibileen had some things to say that really weren't in her character. She was older, soft-spoken, and she started showing some attitude.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    Your white uniform as a black domestic was your ticket anywhere in town.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: black 
     
    What a dichotomy. What conflicting ideas that we love and embrace these women, and entrust them to raise our children and to feed us and to bathe us, but we keep something as silly as a bathroom separate.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: children  women  child  ideas 
     
    When Demetrie got sick, we knew it was our responsibility to take care of her and pay her medical bills. And we embraced that. But the tricky part is, like so many families in the South, we also expected her to use a separate bathroom, to use separate utensils.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    But certainly in my grandmother's time - and when I was growing up, yeah, Demetrie's bathroom was on the side of the house, it was a separate door. Still, to this day, I've never been in that room.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: time 
     
    What conflicting ideas that we love and embrace these women, and entrust them to raise our children and to feed us and to bathe us, but we keep something as silly as a bathroom separate.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: children  women  child  ideas 
     
    I think if you're president, color goes away completely: you're president and it doesn't matter if you're white, green or purple.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    I'd cry, if only I had the time to do it.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: time 
     
    I nursed a worthless, pint drinker for twelve years and when my lazy, life-sucking, daddy finally died, I swore to God with tears in my eyes I'd never marry one. And then I did.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: lazy  eyes  tears  god  marry  year 
     
    At one O'Clock, Miss Celia comes in the kitchen and says she's ready for her first cooking lesson. She settles on a stool. She's wearing a tight red sweater and a red skirt and enough makeup to scare a hooker.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: lessons 
     
    That's all a grit is, a vehicle. For whatever it is you rather be eating.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    I have decided not to die.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: die 
     
    I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: thoughts  dark  insanity 
     
    Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day, until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: book 
     
    Who knew paper and ink could be so vicious
    — Kathryn Stockett
    I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: book  black 
     
    Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: write 
     
    I give in and light another cigarette even though last night the surgeon general came on the television set and shook his finger at everybody, trying to convince us that smoking will kill us. But Mother once told me tongue kissing would turn me blind and I'm starting to think it's all just a big plot between the surgeon general and Mother to make sure no one ever has any fun.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: night  fun  kissing  mother 
     
    Because ain't that white people for you, wondering if they are happy enough.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: people 
     
    President Kennedy's assassination, less than two weeks ago, has struck the world dumb. It's like no one wants to be the first to break the silence. Nothing seems important.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    ...My sister Doreena who never lifted a royal finger growing up because she had the heart defect that we later found out was a fly on the X-ray machine.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: heart  machine 
     
    Rich folk don't try so hard
    — Kathryn Stockett
    I wait on white ladies who walk right out the bedroom wearing nothing but they personality...
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: personality  right 
     
    I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming - and it come in ever white child's life - when they start to think that colored folks ain't as good as whites. ... I pray that wasn't her moment, Pray I still got time.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: time  moment  girls  pray 
     
    Her nose wrinkle up cause now she got to remember to say she Mae Mobley Three, when her whole life she can remember, she been telling people she Mae Mobley Two. When you little, you only get asked two questions, what's your name and how old you is, so you better get em right.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: people  right  questions 
     
    I was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1969, in a time and place where no one was saying, Look how far weve come, because we hadnt come very far, to say the least. Although Jacksons population was half white and half black, I didnt have a single black friend or a black neighbor or even a black person in my school.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: time  people  friends  saying  school  black 
     
    Having a separate bathroom for the black domestic was just the way things were done. It had faded out in new homes by the time the '70s and '80s rolled up.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: time  black 
     
    ...out of the blue, he kissed me. Right in the middle of the Robert E. Lee Hotel Restaurant, he kissed me so slowly with an open mouth and every single thing in my body-my skin, my collarbone, the hollow backs of my knees, everything inside of me filled up with light.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: right 
     
    I come home that morning, after I been fired, and stood outside my house with my new work shoes on. The shoes my mama paid a month's worth a light bill for. I guess that's when I understood what shame was and the color of it too. Shame ain't black, like dirt, like I always thought it was. Shame be the color of a new white uniform your mother ironed all night to pay for, white without a smudge or a speck a work-dirt on it.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: work  thoughts  night  shame  mother  black  worth 
     
    I reckon that's the risk you run, letting somebody else raise you chilluns.
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: risk 
     
    I do wish that people talked about the subject of race, especially in the South,
    — Kathryn Stockett
    tags: people  wishes  race 
     
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