"But my mother was in love and she had known about life for a long time, with her two bastard girls like two earrings; and she knewthat most often one must pull out one's entrails and fill one's stomach with straw if one wants to have a little piece of the sun."
"You see, the sadness is that rainbows follow rainbows, and they last no longer than shooting starsif we knew that we would never come out of the gourd, would we have entered it? I say that God's wrath is on all creatures and, in the end, for him goodness and evil are the samehe kills you."
"I thought that God put me on the earth without asking if I wanted to be a woman or what color I would prefer to be. I could not help it if he gave me skin so black it was blue, a face not exactly dripping with beauty. But I was content, and maybe if I had to choose right now, in this precise moment, I would choose this bluish skin and this face without dripping beauty."
"And I finally understood what a Negro is: both wind and sail at the same time, drummer and dancer, a first-class fake who forces himself to gather basketsful of the sweetness that falls from the sky in some places, and that sweetness that does not fall on him, he makes it up, and that at least is what he has, if he has nothing else."