"She said, 'You know, there was a time we couldn't wear no fingernail polish...'"
"He said, 'Man, that's how we start friends on this block.'"
"In prison I started painting and drawing..."
"We really had some adventures..."
"Let's talk about Miss Devine."
"I can't even begin to tell you the misery of rain."
"You wouldn't give me the time of day..."
"When I was in high school I was afraid of you..."
"My brother came home wearing an afro."
"She absolutely knocked me out..."
"We went down there in a Pullman..."
"Recess came and the boys had a football..."
"I can still hear him hollering and coaching..."
"I got to find a job I can do for thirty years in this place."
"He saw me and he said, 'You're going to be my wife.'"
"When all the parents leave, it goes crazy..."
"I got bussed to a high school in my sophomore year..."
"I said, 'Is this going to actually be me?'"
"I really miss so much about New Orleans..."
"None of us looked like our mom; but everybody knew we belonged to her husband."
"My husband was the physical training officer for the fliers..."
"He saw this country boy, took me over to the side—he didn't want to embarrass me."
"He was my best friend in the whole wide world..."
"She made us feel like we were royalty..."
"I came to Grady in the 1956 class."
"Who is important in your life right now?"
"And right then it dawned on me -- that's not family, those aren't friends."
"My grandmother used to take my brother and myself to the south every summer..."
"When I was nine, I weighed 250 pounds."
"He asked me, 'How many black jelly beans are in the jar...'"
"I put the screen down, took a seat, and the streetcar became hostile."
"Daddy would come home tired to the bone..."
"Is there anything you wanted to know about me?"
"The people never stopped coming in..."
"It was raining just as hard in the station as it was outside."
"I'm trying to decide whether I stay in New Orleans or leave."
"Well, I had a buddy and he used to dance up and down the docks..."
"The jobs change; managers change; I still stay there."
"How is it being legit?"
"I was typing, and he kept looking at my legs."
"When I was growing up, I didn't think I was going to live long."
"What was the saddest moment of your life?"
"What are the most important lessons that you've learned thus far in life? Granted, I know you're only twelve."
"Tell me about Mom."
"This little white boy said, 'Come, let me see your hands.'"
"We would drive into whatever was the closest town and approach the police and ask, 'Where is the colored section?'"
"I spend more time with Clarice than I do with my own family."
"One of the cops said, 'Oh, you think you can do better?'"
"Another lady heard me talking, and she came over and said, 'I know this is a God-sent man!"
"We were really pioneers. We were the Jackie Robinson of the Air Force."
"We used to go to the Savoy Ballroom every Saturday and stay there until Monday morning."
"He looked up at me and said, 'Hamzah,' and then grabbed hold of me and gave me this tight hug and wouldn't let me go."