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Ruth Shays

  • I might not know how to use thirty-four words where three would do, but that does not mean I don't know what I'm talking about.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()
  • If you got the sayso you want to keep it, whether you are right or wrong. That's why they have to keep changing the laws — so they don't unbenefit any of these big white men.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()
  • [On President Nixon:] If I did half of the things this sorry President did, they would put me under the jail and send every key to the moon. They have the little punishments for the big men and the heavy chastisement for the poor.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()
  • When you don't know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know.

    • Ruth Shays,
    • in John Langston Gwaltney, Drylongso ()

Ruth Shays, U.S. interviewee in "Drylongso"