...no woman can love a weak man hard enough to make him strong.

— Pearl Cleage

The most sensational Pearl Cleage quotes that are little-known but priceless

Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television;

solitude is herb tea and soft music. Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices.


We danced too wild, and we sang too long, and we hugged too hard, and we kissed too sweet, and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl, because by now we were all old enough to know that what looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight.


Discomfort is always a necessary part of enlightenment.


It is a dangerous time to be a black woman in America.

It’s a time when we are not safe in the streets or at home or at school or at work and nobody seems to be able to do anything about it. Nobody. Not us. Not our mommas. Not the police. Not the people we elected to look out for our interests. Nobody. We’re just out here. (p.53)


...freedom can be a full-time job if you let it.


Buying flowers is not just a way to bring home beauty.

It's an expression of confidence that better days are coming. It's a defiant finger in the face of those naysayers who would have you believe your fortunes will never improve.


Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television; solitude is herb tea and soft music.


Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism;

the most rational response to the problem.


old habits are hard to break, but not impossible!


Vera Stark is a fabulous force of nature.


Putting words on paper regularly is part of the necessary discipline of writing.

A journal is a great way to do that.


Sisterhood is a funny thing. It's easy to recognize, but hard to define.


About Pearl Cleage

Quotes 36 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday December 7, 1948

You know the Buddhists believe that sometimes when everything is in turmoil, it's because something wonderful is ready to be born and that thing is distracting you so it can have some privacy during the birthing process.


Domestic violence is the front line of the war against women.


I really love writing comedy. Writing romantic comedy is even nicer because you get to write about how insane we all act when we're falling in love.


I've never been to Paris. I don't like to fly!


What looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight.


When I got to the end of this play, I realized I was trying to make Angel do something that had not been justified by the characters and by their story . . .. I kept trying to force it, but that doesn't work. So I had to come to terms with what it meant for me to create a character who doesn't triumph.


I think all negotiations should take place at a round table and everybody should have to rotate counterclockwise once an hour so that even the perception of head of the table, or foot, are ritually obliterated.


As African-Americans, we often spend our time and energy blaming other people for the problems we see around us.


If you don't annoy your big sister for no good reason from time to time, she thinks you don't love her anymore.


you can't know the meaning of the lesson until class is over!


a lot of brothers don't understand. When it comes to making love, reciprocity is everything.


When you're young, there's a whole lot of stuff you say you'll never do.

Once you get a little older, the list tends to get shorter.


the problem with knowing is that it takes away the possibility of pretending!


Any time your life is at stake and you can't find even one woman to come forward and say, 'This is a good man,' your problem isn't what kind of woman THEY are. Your problem is what kind of men YOU are.


But it is the fear, not the writing that defeats me. Everything is not a masterpiece.


I think it's hard to make a living as a writer, but I think it's hard to work at McDonald's too.... I think the commitment is to get up everyday and say, "I'm a writer, therefore what I'm supposed to do today is write." And to do that, and to do that and to do that.


Sometimes you have to show them what they want to see in order to get them to show you who they really are.


You can't save a person who doesn't want to be saved.

It was like Mr. Eddie always told the new gardeners: Everybody's got to kill their own snakes.


I think the black community is no different from any other community.

We need to take responsibility for how we live together. We need to be personally responsible for keeping our streets clean, our schools safe, and our houses peaceful.


Loneliness is random; solitude is ritual.


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.


I think that theater is a unique way to communicate with people as they gather together with other people they may not even know. It creates a sense of shared community for the time of the performance that hopefully carries over into other aspects of the audience's life because they have shared this experience together.


Many times, what people call 'writer's block' is the confusion that happens when a writer has a great idea, but their writing skill is not up to the task of putting that idea down on paper. I think that learning the craft of writing is critical.