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A Raisin in the Sun
QUOTATION: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin
in the sun?
QUOTATION: You know, when these New Negroes have their conventionthat
is going to be the chairman of the Committee on Unending Agitation. Race,
race, race!... Damn, even the N double A C P takes a holiday sometimes!
QUOTATION: I’ll come up the steps to the house and the gardener will
be clipping away at the hedges and he’ll say, “Good evening, Mr. Younger.”
And I’ll say, “Hello, Jefferson, how are you this evening?” And I’ll go
inside and Ruth will come downstairs and meet me at the door and we’ll
kiss each other and she’ll take my arm and we’ll go up to your room to
see you sitting on the floor with the catalogues of all the great schools
in America around you.... All the great schools in the world! And—and
I’ll say, all right son—it’s your seventeenth birthday, what is it you’ve
decided?... Just tell me, what it is you want to be—and you’ll be it....
Whatever you want to be—Yessir! You just name it, so ... and I hand you
QUOTATION: MAMA: Sonhow come you talk so much bout money?
QUOTATION: ... if there are no waving flags and marching songs at the
barricades as Walter marches out with his little battalion, it is not
because the battle lacks nobility. On the contrary, he has picked up in
his way, still imperfect and wobbly in his small view of human destiny....
He becomes, in spite of those who are too intrigued with despair and hatred
of man to see it, King Oedipus refusing to tear out his eyes, but attacking
the oracle instead. He is that last Jewish patriot manning his rifle at
Warsaw.... He is Anne Frank, still believing in people; he is the nine
small heroes of Little Rock; he is Michelangelo creating David and Beethoven
bursting forth with the Ninth Symphony. He is all these things because
he has finally reached out in his tiny moment and caught that sweet essence
which is human dignity, and it shines like the old star-touched dream
that is in his eyes.