Quotes (37)

Cory: Hey pa!

Troy: Hmm?

Cory: Can I ask you a question?


Cory: How come you ain't never liked me?

Troy: Like you? What law is there sayin' I got to like you?

Cory: None.

Troy: All right then. Don't you eat every day? Answer me when I talk to you! Don't you eat every day?

Cory: Yeah...

Troy: As long as you're in my house you put a "Sir" on the end of it when you talk to me.

Cory: Yes, Sir.

Troy: You eat every day?

Cory: Yes, Sir.

Troy: You got a roof over you head?

Cory: Yes, Sir.

Troy: Got clothes on your back?

Cory: Yes, Sir.

Troy: Why you think that is?

Cory: 'Cause of you?

Troy: [chuckles] Hell, I know it's 'cause of me. But why do you think that is?

Cory: 'Cause you like me?

Troy: Like you? I go outta here every morning, I bust my butt 'cause I like you? You're about the biggest fool I ever saw. A man is supposed to take care of his family. You live in my house, feed your belly with my food, put your behind on my bed because you're my son. It's my duty to take care of you, I owe a responsibility to you, I ain't got to like you! Now, I gave everything I got to give you! I gave you your life! Me and your Mama worked out between us and liking your black ass wasn't part of the bargain! Now don't you go through life worrying about whether somebody like you or not! You best be makin' sure that they're doin' right by you! You understand what I'm sayin'?

Bono: Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.

[from trailer]

Troy: It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for eighteen years!

Rose: Well, I've been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!

Rose: I took all my feelings, my wants and needs and dreams, and I buried them inside you. I planted a seed and watched and prayed over it. I planted myself inside you and waited to bloom! And it didn't take me no 18 years to realize the soil was hard and rocky, and it wasn't never gonna bloom!

Rose: Everything that boy do, he do for you.

[last lines]

Gabriel: That's how that go.

Rose: Your daddy wanted you to be everything he wasn't, and at the same time, he wanted you to be everything he was.

Rose: From right now, this child's got a mother. But you're a womanless man.

Troy: When he turned to face me, I knew why the devil never come and get him 'cause he was the devil himself. I don't know what happened. I woke up, laying there by the creek, and Blue, this old dog we had, he was licking my face. Both my eyes were swoll shut. I thought I was blind, I couldn't see nothing. I just laid there and cried. And I didn't know what I was gonna do. But I knew the time had come for me to leave my daddy's house. Suddenly, the world got big, and it was a long time before I could cut it down to where I could handle it. Part of that cutting down was where I got to the place where I could feel him kicking in my blood, and I knew the only thing that separated us was a matter of a few years.I hope he's dead. I hope he found some peace.

Troy: All right, Mr. Death. I tell you what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna take and build me a fence around this yard, see? I'm gonna build me a fence around what belongs to me. And then I want you to stay on the other side. You stay over there till you're ready for me, then you come on. Bring your army, bring your sickle, bring your wrestling clothes. I ain't gonna fall down on my vigilance this time. You ain't gonna sneak up on me no more. When you ready for me, when the top of your list say Troy Maxson, then you come on up and knock on the front door. Ain't nobody else got nothing to do with this. This between you and me. Man to man! You stay on the other side of that fence till you ready for me!

Troy: [around 12:15 Troy talking about Death] ... and me and him


Troy: commenced to wrestling... we wrestled for

[calculating with his fingers]

Troy: ... carry the 6... three days and three nights

Bono: [laughing hysterically]

Rose: [cracking up laughing]

Troy: [still telling story holding bottle of gin in his left hand as Bono and Rose still laughing]

Bono: You got more stories than the devil got sinners.

Troy: Oh, hell, I done seen him too. Done talked to the devil.

Bono: Just moving on through. Searching out the New Land.That's what the old folks used to call it. See a fella moving around from place to place, woman to woman, they call it, Searching out the New Land.

Rose: I told you, a watched pot never boils.

Troy: You got to take the crookeds with the straights.

[repeated line]

Gabriel: King of the Jungle.

Rose: Anything he can't understand, he want to call it the devil.

Rose: Go on back in there, go to bed, and get up on the other side.

Troy: Ain't nobody gonna hold his hand when he get out there in the world.

Troy: Now you tell me who you ever heard of gonna pull their own teeth with a pair of rusty pliers?

Bono: They're old folks. My granddaddy used to pull his teeth with pliers. They ain't had no dentists for colored folk back then.

Troy: Well, get clean pliers. You understand? Clean pliers.

Rose: I'll take care of your baby for you. 'Cause, like you say, she innocent. You can't visit the sins of the father upon the child. Motherless child's got a hard time.

Troy: Legs don't mean nothing. You don't do nothing but push 'em out of the way.

Troy: I spend my money where I'm treated right. I go down to Bella, say, I need a loaf of bread, I'll pay you Friday, she gives it to me. What sense that make when I got money to spend it somewhere else and ignore the person who done right by me? That ain't in the Bible.

Gabriel: Better get ready for the Judgement morning

Lyons: See you, Uncle Gabe!

Gabriel: Lyons! King of the Jungle!

Troy: You're living with a full count. Don't you strike out!

Troy: I can't taste nothing no more.

Troy: [to Bono] Rose'll tell you. When I first met her, she ask me if I had gotten all that foolishness out of my system. I said: Baby, it's you and baseball, all what count to me. You hear me, Bono? And I meant it, too. She said: Which one come first? I said: Well, ain't no doubt it's baseball. But you stick and get old with me, and we'll both outlive this baseball! Am I right, Rose? And it's true.

Bono: Your daddy got a promotion on the rubbish. He gonna be the first colored driver. Ain't got to do nothin' but sit up there and read the paper, like them white fellas.

Lyons: Hey, Pop, if you knew how to read, you'd be all right.

Bono: Nah, nah. You mean if the nigger knew how to drive, he'd be all right.Been fighting with them people about driving and ain't even got a license.

Troy: Only time I see this nigger is when he want something. That's the only time I see him.

Bono: I didn't know if I was gonna be in one place long enough to fix on 'em right as their daddy. I figured I was going searching, too.

Bono: They walk out their front door and take off down one road or another and just keep on walkin'. Just keep on walking till they come to something else. Ain't you never heard of nobody having the walking blues? Now, that's what you call it when you just take off like that.

Cory: Tell Mama I'll be back for my things.

Troy: They'll be on the other side of that fence!

Bono: I don't know about that Indian part, but she damn sure big and healthy. Woman wear some big stockings.

[Troy laughs]

Bono: Got them crazy big 'ol legs and hips *wide* as a Mississippi river.

Troy: [to Cory] I don't care what nobody say. I'm the boss. You understand? I'm the boss around here. I do the only saying what counts.

[first lines]

Bono: [riding their garbage truck job] Troy, you oughta stop that lyin'.

Troy: I ain't lyin'. The nigger had a watermelon this big. Talkin' about "What watermelon, Mr. Rand?" I liked to fell out... "What watermelon, Mr. Rand?" And it's sittin' there bigger than life.

Bono: What Mr. Rand said?

Troy: He said nuthin'. He figured the nigger too dumb to know he carryin' a watermelon, he wouldn't get no sense out of 'im. Trying to hide that great big watermelon under his coat. Afraid to let the white man see him carry it on.

Troy: [building a fence in their yard] What does she want to keep out? She doesn't have anything that others want.

Bono: Some build fences to keep people out. Others, to keep us in it. Rose wants to keep everyone together. She loves you.