Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of by Retha Powers

By Retha Powers

A finished, all-new assortment bringing jointly the main considerate, inspiring, and wisest voices from the Black diaspora throughout history.

BARTLETT'S commonly used BLACK QUOTATIONS paints a wealthy canvas of Black historical past via time. 5 thousand rates are culled from the time of historical Egypt via American slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights period, Apartheid, to the current day. With a foreword through Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and passages from authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, activists, politicians, and so forth, BARTLETT'S primary BLACK QUOTATIONS will allure not just to cite aficionados and researchers, but additionally to historical past buffs. Aesop's Fables and the Holy Bible are within the comparable corporation as Nelson Mandela and President Obama; Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison; Bob Marley and Jay-Z. a superb reference instrument and reward, BARTLETT'S favourite BLACK QUOTATIONS is certain to stick to within the footsteps of Bartlett's commonplace Quotations, turning into a cherished authority.

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If the speaker cannot be verified as the originator but the quote is closely associated with the speaker, then “attributed” appears with the quote. Character names are usually indicated in brackets when dialogue is quoted from works of fiction. For example, in A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s character Mama says, “When you starts measuring somebody—measure him right, child. Measure him right. ” FOOTNOTES The vast majority of quotations are taken from original sources; when those are unavailable, works of scholarship such as history texts and biographies are credited.

The Maxims of Ptahhotep, 11 One who is serious all day will never have a good time, while one who is frivolous all day will never establish a household. The Maxims of Ptahhotep, 25 Be cheerful while you are alive. The Maxims of Ptahhotep, 34 The Teaching for Merikare1 c. C. Be skillful in speech, that you may be strong; […] it is the strength of […] the tongue, and words are braver than all fighting; a wise man is a school for the magnates, and those who are aware of his knowledge do not attack him.

But quotations “bend,” too, not in the proper order of their words, but in their various (and often unforeseen) contacts across time and space. This practice of “bending” or peppering black discourse with familiar quotations is also another hallmark of African and African American culture and doubtlessly one of the potential uses of this new edition; for in publishing a collection of familiar quotations by black people, Bartlett’s has not only produced a handy reference guide for the stumped writer; it has provided a counter-narrative in a land where so much for so long was repressed for so many.

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