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    Something always told me I wasn't no rich white woman.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: women 
     
    A fool who believes that death is waste and love is sweet and that the earth turns and men change every day and that rivers run and that people wanna be better than they are and that flowers smell good and that I hurt terribly today, and that hurt is desperation and desperation is-energy and energy can move things...
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: death  men  people  hurt  believe  earth  energy  flowers  fools 
     
    Seem like God didn't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams -but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: children  men  child  god  dreams  black  worth 
     
    Perhaps I will be a great man… I mean perhaps I will hold on to the substance of truth and find my way always with the right course
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: truth  right 
     
    Of love and my parents, there is little to be written; their relationship to their children was utilitarian. We were fed and housed and dressed and outfitted with more cash than our associates and that was all. We were also vaguely taught certain vague absolutes: that we were better than no one but infinitely superior to everyone...
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    There may be women to emerge who will be able to formulate a new and possible concept that homosexual persecution and condemnation has at its roots not only social ignorance, but a philosophically active anti-feminist dogma.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: women  ignorance 
     
    What you ain't never understood is that I ain't got nothing, don't own nothing, ain't never really wanted nothing that wasn't for you. There ain't nothing as precious to me...There ain't nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else-
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: dreams  money  worth 
     
    A status not freely chosen or entered into by an individual or a group is necessarily one of oppression and the oppressed are by their nature (i.e., oppressed) forever in ferment and agitation against their condition and what they understand to be their oppressors. If not by overt rebellion or revolution, then in the thousand and one ways they will devise with and without consciousness to alter their condition
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    Children see things very well sometimes and idealists even better.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: children  child 
     
    Mama-Mama-I want so many things... I want so many things that they are driving me kind of crazy...
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: crazy 
     
    I'm just tired of hearing about God all the time. What has He got to do with anything?... I'm not going to be immoral or commit crimes because I don't believe. I don't even think about that. I just get so tired of Him getting the credit for things the human race achieves through its own effort. Now, there simply is no God. There's only man. And it's he who makes miracles.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: crimes  time  men  believe  human  miracle  achieve  god  race 
     
    Our Southside is a place apart: each piece of our living is a protest.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: living 
     
    I was born black and female.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: black 
     
    That's what being eccentric means-being natural.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    This is one of the glories of man, the inventiveness of the human mind and the human spirit: whenever life doesn't seem to give an answer, we create one.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: men  human  mind 
     
    I happen to believe that most people - and this is where I differ from many of my contemporaries, or at least as they express themselves - I think that virtually every human being is dramatically interesting. Not only is he dramatically interesting, he is a creature of stature whoever he is ...
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning-because that ain't the time at all...when you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: children  time  right  child 
     
    I think that the human race does command its own destiny and that that destiny can eventually embrace the stars.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: human  star  race 
     
    One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know and read of the miseries which affect the world.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: heart  live  world  eyes  misery  read 
     
    I wish to live beacause life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and-I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations and generations and generations and generations.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: live  beautiful  wishes 
     
    Ah, I like the look of packing crates! A household in preparation for a journey! ... Something full of the flow of life, do you understand? Movement, progress ...
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: progress 
     
    Never be afraid to sit a while and think.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: afraid 
     
    I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create the universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific. Universality, I think, emerges from truthful identity of what is.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    ...Negroes must concern themselves with every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non- violent.... They must harass, debate, petition, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps-and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities.... The acceptance of our condition is the only form of extremism which discredits us before our children [ellipses in source].
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    There is always something left to love. And if you haven't learned that, you ain't learned nothing.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    Though it be a thrilling and marvellous thing to be merely young and gifted in such times, it is doubly so - doubly dynamic - to be young, gifted and black.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: time  young  black 
     
    Do I remain a revolutionary? Intellectually - without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts? This is what I puzzle about.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: doubt  body  struggle 
     
    A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men - and people in general.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    Obviously the most oppressed of any oppressed group will be its women
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: women 
     
    Once upon a time freedom used to be life-now it's money. I guess the world really do change.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: time  freedom  world  money 
     
    Take away the violence and who will hear the men of peace?
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: men  violence 
     
    It isn't a circle-it is simply a long line-as in geometry, you know, one that reaches into infinity. And because we cannot see the end-we also cannot see how it changes. And it is very odd by those who see the changes-who dream, who will not give up-are called idealists...and those who see only the circle we call them the "realists"!
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: dreams 
     
    [T]here is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture - in front of us - our own little mirage that we think is the future.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: future 
     
    I think that the glorious thing about the human race is that it does change the world - constantly. The world or 'life' may seem to more often overwhelm the human being's capacity for struggling against being overwhelmed which is remarkable and exhilarating.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: world  human  race 
     
    I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: live  beautiful  wishes 
     
    I care. I care about it all. It takes too much energy not to care.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: energy  care 
     
    It's dangerous, son.' 'What's dangerous?' 'When a man goes outside his house to look for peace.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: men  peace  son  dangerous 
     
    I want to fly! I want to touch the sun!" "Finish your eggs first.
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    I look at you and I see the final triumph of stupidity in the world!
    — Lorraine Hansberry
    tags: stupidity 
     
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    lorraine hansberry
    Birth    : May 19, 1930
    Death  : January 12, 1965
    Occupation  : Playwright