But, Mama... I wanna make something of myself, Mama. I got this feelin' inside me like I was destined for something.
We all have that feelin' when we are young. It will pass!
Well, I know it won't be easy, but without a high school diploma, what chance have I got?
The same chance I had. You'll meet some fella and get married. If you're lucky, you'll love him. You'll have kids. That's what life is, Mick. That's all it is!
[Watching Mick's party guests leave] Well, there they go. Can't say as I blame them either. [She shakes her head] After all, you did throw them out.
Well, I don't care. I don't care one little bit! Here I thought they were all so smart and grown up and everything, and they're not. They're not even as grown up as me!
[Hearing that his son-in-law's leg has been amputated] Must be something I can do.
I'll tell you what you're gonna do. They're sendin' Willie home as soon as he can travel. He's gonna need a lot of care, so we're gonna move him here.
[Visibly distraught] Of course, yes.
[Bitterly] I'll cook and do the cleanin' and such... but all the time you'll know I'm hating you. I got a feelin' I'm gonna be a very good hater... and if I ain't, I can learn.
[Spoken to Willie in the barber shop in an attempt to embarrass her father] Father would do anything for you now... now when it's too late!
Portia, that ain't no way to talk to the Doc. We got to live together now.
[Sarcastically] Oh, yes, just a big happy family!
[to Portia, humiliated and wanting to leave] You drive Willie home.
[Bitterly] Well, what's the matter, Father? Am I embarrassing you in front of your friend? Oh, you don't have to feel he's so much better than you - after all, you're pretty white yourself!
[to Singer with great irony] Strange how life works itself out! Here I am... a man who has hated all whites for as long as I can remember. Now, in the last year of my life, a secret, shared only by us, links me closer to you than anyone else. A superb joke... if you have a sense of humor. [singer reluctantly shakes his head 'no']
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