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Alice Childress

  • Truth is simply whatever you can bring yourself to believe ...

  • I was so mad you could have boiled a pot of water on my head.

  • ... your soul is an inner something that is another you and hardly anybody knows what it's really thinkin' except you.

  • A gift — be it a present, a kind word or a job done with care and love — explains itself! ... and if receivin' it embarrasses you it's because your 'thanks box' is warped.

  • Where did we get the idea of insultin' folks by pointin' out their age? ... It seems that we think youth is some special accomplishment brought about by the individual himself!

  • ... we always some 'problem' and people takin' potshots at us is always called 'tension' and why you and me who have been citizens for generations should be called 'minorities' is more than I can see.

  • I believe racism has killed more people than speed, heroin, or cancer, and will continue to kill until it is no more.

    • Alice Childress,
    • in Stagebill ()
  • We think of poverty as a condition simply meaning a lack of funds, no money, but when one sees fifth, sixth, and seventh generation poor, it is clear that poverty is as complicated as high finance.

  • Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave — and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.

  • Each human is uniquely different. Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.

    • Alice Childress,
    • "A Candle in a Gale Wind," in Mari Evans, ed., Black Women Writers (1950-1980) ()
  • ... writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind.

    • Alice Childress,
    • "A Candle in a Gale Wind," in Mari Evans, ed., Black Women Writers (1950-1980) ()
  • 'Zis and zat' when uttered by the French is considered charming, but 'dis and dat' as an Africanism is ridiculed as gross and ugly.

    • Alice Childress,
    • "A Candle in a Gale Wind," in Mari Evans, ed., Black Women Writers (1950-1980) ()
  • Thoughts can hurt like real pain.

  • I am lonesome so regular it's like a job I gotta report to every day.

Alice Childress, U.S. playwright, writer, actor

(1916 - 1994)