Ntozake Shange Quotes

1948 -

Ntozake Shange 1977
Ntozake Shange 1977. Marilyn K. Yee/New York Times Co./Archive Photos/Getty Images

Ntozake Shange's most famous work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem, opened in New York City in 1975.

Selected Ntozake Shange Quotations

• When I die, I will not be guilty of having left a generation of girls behind thinking that anyone can tend to their emotional health other than themselves.

Sojourner Truth wasn't a big enough role model for me.

I couldn't go around abolishing slavery.

• i was cold / i was burnin up / a child
& endlessly weavin garments for the moon wit my tears

i found god in myself
& i loved her / i loved her fiercely.

• how we live / is important business
latin night only monday
is contagious / dangerous
let us be ourselves / every day

• one thing I don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they don’t open doors
or bring the sun back
they don’t make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry.

• I am gonna write poems til i die and when i have gotten outta this body i am gonna hang round in the wind and knock over everybody who got their feet on the ground.

• Our society allows people to be absolutely neurotic and totally out of touch with their feelings and everyone else's feelings, and yet be very respectable.

• Where there is woman there is magic.

• My parents have always been especially involved in all kinds of Third World culture. We used to go to hear Latin music, jazz and symphonies, to see ballets.... I was always aware that there were different kinds of black people all over the world ... So I knew I wasn't on this planet by myself.

I had some connections with other people.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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