The Color Purple: Top Ten Quotes

Mr. __’s father: “[Shug has the] nasty woman disease”

Celie: “beat her,” when asked by Harpo what to do with his unsubmissive wife

Celie: “For the first time in my life, I feel just right,” showing her love for Shug

Celie: “he just do his business, get off, go to sleep,” when talking about her sex life with Mr. __

Nettie: “The world is changing.  It is no longer a world just for boys and men,” when telling Tashi’s father why women’s education is so important

Nettie: “Pa is not our Pa,” when joyously telling Celie that her children are not the product of incest

Celie: “You a low down dog is what’s wrong.  It’s time to leave you and enter into the creation.  And your dead body just the welcome mat I need,” telling off Mr. __ for the first time

Nettie: “Not being tied to what God looks like, frees us,” acknowledging that she too believes in this universal kind of God

He come home with a girl from round Gray. She be my age but they married. He be on her all the time. She walk round like she don’t know what hit her. I think she thought she love him. But he got so many of us. All needing something

My heart broke. Shug love somebody else.