"When fear rules, obedience is the only survival choice."
"- Correct what you can; learn from what you can't.
- I don't always know what to correct.
- Yes you do. Think. No matter how hard we try to ignore it, the mind always knows truth and wants clarity."
"- Scientifically there's no such thing as race, Bride, so racism without race is a choice. Taught, of course, by those who need it, but still a choice. Folks who practice it would be nothing without it.
His words were rational and, at the time, soothing but had little to do with day-to-day experience - like sitting in a car under the stunned gaze of little white children who couldn't be more fascinated if they were at a museum of dinosaurs."
"What waste. She knew from personal experience how hard loving was, how selfish and how easily sundered. Withholding sex or relying on it, ignoring children or devouring them, rerouting true feelings or locking them out. Youth being the excuse for that fortune-cookie, love - until it wasn't, until it became pure adult stupidity."
"I risk nothing. I sit on a throne and identify signs of imperfection in others. I've been charmed by my own intelligence and the moral positions I've taken, along with the insolence that accompanies them. But where is the brilliant, research, the enlightening books, the masterpieces I used to dream of producing? Nowhere. Instead I write notes about the shortcomings of others. Easy, so easy. What about my own?"
"- God. She must think I'm crazy.
- Doubt it.
Booker placed a cup of coffee in front of her.
- She's an original. Doesn't recognize crazy."
"How long had childhood trauma hurtled him away from the rip and wave of life?"