Ruby Dee quotes

  • You just try to do everything that comes up. Get up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, make the time. Then you look back and say, ‘Well, that was a neat piece of juggling there -- school, marriage, babies, career.’ The enthusiasms took me through the action, not the measuring of it or the reasonableness.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Baby #School #Careers

  • My dream was I was going to be an actor. Racism occurred to me. It dawned on me that I would not be an actor. It occurred to me that I was not white. It occurred to me that being what they call colored, being a Negro, was some kind of a disadvantage.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Dream #White #Racism

  • The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Strength #Inspiring #Beauty

  • My mother - my stepmother, really, she herself have been what they call an elocutionist. And she was the one who first encouraged me to write poetry, because she used to read it to us. And then when I began to write when I was nine years old, my first poem was published in the Amsterdam News. I called it "The Graveyard."
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Mother #Writing #Years

  • The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Inspiring #Inspiration #Questioning

  • I don't want to have my children have to get dressed up to go out to say good morning and deserve to live among some other people. I want to be able to be free and take for granted that my neighbors like me and I like them.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Morning #Children #People

  • You meet all kinds of people that help put life in perspective and turn the horror into some kind of lesson or avenue of awakening that lives with you all your days.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Perspective #People #Lessons

  • I never thought about myself as an activist when we were coming along. I wasn't a joiner. You know, I love the people I love. I didn't care whether - they could be a Democrat, Republican, communist, you know, and anything but a racist.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #People #Racist #Care

  • God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Peace #Uncomfortable

  • Spike Lee made such a difference in terms of black filmmakers, the subtleties - those authors, those writers who write from love, and those who write from that lofty position of superiority.I felt he took aspects of the black experience in America and held it up for us to see. He tried to put it in perspective. He did put it in perspective in his unique way.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Writing #Unique #Differences

  • Paradise is to be the ultimate instrument, fulfilling God's desperate intent that we love each other.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Paradise #Desperate #Instruments

  • That's what being young is all about. You have the courage and the daring to think that you can make a difference. You're not prone to measure your energies in time. You're not likely to live by equations.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Thinking #Differences #Making A Difference

  • Classism and greed are making insignificant all the other kinds of isms.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Greed #Isms #Kind

  • Among whom the gods bless, high on the list are the music people, who tune into celestial vibe-brations and give mortals a taste of immortal sensations.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Giving #People #Tunes

  • The world has improved mostly because unorthodox people did unorthodox things. Not surprisingly, they had the courage and daring to think they could make a difference.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Change #Thinking #Differences

  • Art is in the process of redefining our relationships to each other ... The creative minds are bubbling, bubbling, and I know the soup that's coming up next time is going to feed a lot more of us.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Art #Creative #Mind

  • That we arrived at fifty years together is due as much to luck as to love, and a talent for knowing, when we stumble, where to fall, and how to get up again.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Anniversary #Fall #Knowing

  • Revolutionaries don't get job security.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Jobs #Revolutionary #Security

  • Sorrow for not understanding like I understand now the unpredictable, profound journey that marriage is.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Journey #Profound #Understanding

  • See, I don’t expect to win a prize for stoic control and dignity at mourning time. Death deserve tantrums. Beating back shocked indignation, kicks in the groin, stones, classified unacceptable, not to be tolerated, not to be wooed, not to be conspired with. Only then can music, dance, movies, plays, rap be about life. Only then can life be cherished and adored.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Rap #Winning #Play

  • When you know my love, my love will warm you.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Love #Best Love

  • The divorce rate would be lower if instead of marrying for better or worse people would marry for good.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Marriage #Divorce #People

  • It takes a long time to really be married. One marries many times at many levels within that marriage. If you have more marriages than you have divorces within the marriage, you’re lucky and you stick it out.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Divorce #Long #Levels

  • A trustworthy marriage has weathered temptation and anger and jealousy, resentment, self-righteousness and a little bit of selfishness. When you get over and get through that, then maybe you can see the light to love.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Self #Light #Temptation

  • We both grew up in the atmosphere of struggle, both Ossie and me, ... I come out of Harlem and Harlem comes out of me - wailing police sirens and street parties, rumors and landlords, that cultural, spiritual scene. And Ossie came up from the South, where struggle and dying were part of everyday life. That is who we are.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Spiritual #Party #Struggle

  • OK, boss, I don't mind shuffling, but I won't scratch my head.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Boss #Mind #Scratches

  • Revolutionaries don't get job security. They compete with rats for cheese and with strays for shelter--after the big bullets make feet out of their knees.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Jobs #Feet #Shelter

  • You have to learn how to be married. You have to learn to love somebody.
    -- Ruby Dee

    #Married #Being Married