46 Lorraine Hansberry Quotes On Success In Life

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was a playwright and writer. She was the first African-American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Her best-known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. These Lorraine Hansberry quotes will motivate you.

Best Lorraine Hansberry Quotes

  1. “Though it be a thrilling and marvelous thing to be merely young and gifted in such times, it is doubly so – doubly dynamic – to be young, gifted and black.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  2. “One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know and read of the miseries which affect the world.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  3. “Never be afraid to sit a while and think.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  4. “…Negroes must concern themselves with every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non- violent…. They must harass, debate, petition, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps–and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities…. The acceptance of our condition is the only form of extremism which discredits us before our children [ellipses in source].” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  5. “There is always something left to love. And if you haven’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  6. “I care. I care about it all. It takes too much energy not to care.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  7. “A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men – and people in general.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  8. “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  9. “I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create the universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific. Universality, I think, emerges from truthful identity of what is.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  10. “I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and – I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations and generations and generations.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  11. “The grim possibility is that she who ‘hides her brains’ will, more than likely, end up with a mate who is only equal to a woman with ‘hidden brains’ or none at all.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  12. “I think that the human race does command its own destiny and that that destiny can eventually embrace the stars.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  13. “A status not freely chosen or entered into by an individual or a group is necessarily one of oppression and the oppressed are by their nature (i.e., oppressed) forever in ferment and agitation against their condition and what they understand to be their oppressors. If not by overt rebellion or revolution, then in the thousand and one ways they will devise with and without consciousness to alter their condition” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  14. “I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  15. “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most; when they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning – because that ain’t the time at all… When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  16. “Do I remain a revolutionary? Intellectually — without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts? This is what I puzzle about.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  17. “Seems like God don’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  18. “This is one of the glories of man, the inventiveness of the human mind and the human spirit: whenever life doesn’t seem to give an answer, we create one.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  19. “There may be women to emerge who will be able to formulate a new and possible concept that homosexual persecution and condemnation has at its roots not only social ignorance, but a philosophically active anti-feminist dogma.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  20. “I’m just tired of hearing about God all the time. What has He got to do with anything?… I’m not going to be immoral or commit crimes because I don’t believe. I don’t even think about that. I just get so tired of Him getting the credit for things the human race achieves through its own effort. Now, there simply is no God. There’s only man. And it’s he who makes miracles.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  21. “Sometimes, I can see the future stretched out in front of me – just as plain as day. The future hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  22. “Obviously the most oppressed of any oppressed group will be its women” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  23. “It isn’t a circle–it is simply a long line–as in geometry, you know, one that reaches into infinity. And because we cannot see the end–we also cannot see how it changes. And it is very odd by those who see the changes–who dream, who will not give up–are called idealists…and those who see only the circle we call them the “realists”!” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  24. “Once upon a time freedom used to be life-now it’s money. I guess the world really do change.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  25. “I was born black and female.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  26. “I happen to believe that most people – and this is where I differ from many of my contemporaries, or at least as they express themselves – I think that virtually every human being is dramatically interesting. Not only is he dramatically interesting, he is a creature of stature whoever he is.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  27. “I think that the glorious thing about the human race is that it does change the world — constantly. The world or ‘life’ may seem to more often overwhelm the human being’s capacity for struggling against being overwhelmed which is remarkable and exhilarating.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  28. “Beneatha: You didn’t tell us what Alaiyo means… for all I know, you might be calling me Little Idiot or something… … Asagai: It means… it means One for Whom Bread–Food–Is Not Enough.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  29. “I look at you and I see the final triumph of stupidity in the world!” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  30. “I want to fly! I want to touch the sun!” “Finish your eggs first.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  31. “It is difficult for the American mind to adjust to the realization that the Rhetts and the Scarletts were as much monsters as the keepers of Buchenwald-they just dressed more attractively.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  32. “That’s what being eccentric means–being natural.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  33. “Mama – Mama – I want so many things… I want so many things that they are driving me kind of crazy.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  34. “[T]here is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture — in front of us — our own little mirage that we think is the future.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry Quotes
  35. “Ah, I like the look of packing crates! A household in preparation for a journey! … Something full of the flow of life, do you understand? Movement, progress…” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  36. “It’s dangerous, son.’ ‘What’s dangerous?’ ‘When a man goes outside his house to look for peace.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  37. “Take away the violence and who will hear the man of peace?” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  38. “Children see things very well sometimes and idealists even better.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  39. “Our Southside is a place apart: each piece of our living is a protest.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  40. “What you ain’t never understood is that I ain’t got nothing, don’t own nothing, ain’t never really wanted nothing that wasn’t for you. There ain’t nothing as precious to me…There ain’t nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else–” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  41. “Everybody talking ’bout heaven ain’t going there!” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

  42. “When a man knows that the abstraction ten exists – nothing on earth can stop him from looking for the fact of eleven.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  43. “Ballpoints belong to their age. They make everyone write alike.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  44. “American straightforwardness is almost as disarming as Americans invariably think it is.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  45. “Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, ‘Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.'” ~ Lorraine Hansberry
  46. “One for whom bread- food- is not enough.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry

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