“The nostrils flared again. Sister Gregory is famous for nostril-flaring. Once I commented to someone that she must have been a horse in another life.”
“The family goes to the brothel every month or so to pick up her earnings. Daughters have a duty to obey their parents and provide for them.
“What you have learned, from experience, is worth much more than gold. If you have a house it may burn down. Any kind of possession can be lost, but your experience is yours forever. Keep it and find a way to use it.”
“Grown people never ask you what they should do until they’ve already decided for themselves. They don’t tell you that, of course, but they stand there and wait for you to either confirm their good judgement or reveal yourself as not as smart as they thought you were by advising them in the other direction.”
“Sometimes you meet yourself on the road before you have a chance to learn the appropriate greeting. Faced with your own possibilities, the hard part is knowing a speech is not required. All you have to say is yes.”
“You know I love Brother Buddha, but until he reincarnates as a black man in America, I think we better go with what we know.”