The Piano Lesson
Boy Willie: "I got the power of death too. […] I can call him up. The white man don't like to see that. He don't like for you to stand up and look him square in the eye and say, 'I got it too.' Then he got to deal with you square up." (2.5.29)
Boy Willie: "If you teach that girl that she living at the bottom of life, she's gonna grow up and hate you."
Berniece: "I'm gonna teach her the truth. That's just where she living. Only she ain't got to stay there." […]
Boy Willie: "This might be your bottom but it ain't mine. I'm living at the top of life." (2.5.50-2.5.52)
Boy Willie: "I was born to a time of fire. The world ain't want no part of me. I could see that since I was about seven. The world say it's better off without me." (2.5.58)