Native Son Quotes

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Richard Wright
“The white folks like for us to be religious, then they can do what they want to with us.”
Richard Wright, Native Son

Richard Wright
“Is not life exactly what it ought to be, in a certain sense? Isn't it only the naive who find all of this baffling? If you've a notion of what man's heart is, wouldn't you say that maybe the whole effort of man on earth to build a civilization is simply man's frantic and frightened attempt to hide himself from himself?”
Richard Wright

Richard Wright
“How could one find out about life when one was about to die?”
Richard Wright, Native Son

Richard Wright
“It had been only through books-at best, no more than vicarious cultural transfusions-that I had managaed to keep myself alive in a negatively vital way. Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books...”
Richard Wright, Cliffs Notes on Wright's Black Boy

Richard Wright
“But he is product of a dislocated society; he is a dispossessed and disinherited man; he is all of this, and he lives amide the greatest plenty on earth and he is looking and feeling for a way out.”
Richard Wright, Native Son