It was painful to be away from you but I’d convinced myself that it was my choice. At all times,
I remained in control but I can’t say I was happy.


Calvin: Say yes.
Nova: To what?
Calvin: To us. To happiness.

Ralph Angel: The thing is, nobody tell you that loving somebody could hurt so much. Always terrified of losing all the things you pray for.
Darla: I pray for you. I still do. I pray that you could forgive me one day.
Ralph Angel: I already told you, I do, and I mean it.
Darla: I mean really forgive me. Forgive me enough to go back to what we had before. Do you think you could ever think about us again?
Ralph Angel: I always do. I don’t think I ever really stopped.

Ralph Angel: Look, Deesha, you are an amazing woman. I just, I just wish…
Deesha: You didn’t have other obligations?
Ralph Angel: I guess. They ain’t even obligations. I can just see now that if she’s hurting, I’m hurting. If she bleed, I bleed. I ain’t even sure it’s much of a choice at this point but I’m still in love with Darla.
Deesha: What you just said is one of the most beautiful things a man can say to a woman but I’m not the woman you’re talking about and I respect myself too much to play second fiddle.
Ralph Angel: You deserve more than that.
Deesha: I know I do but I wish you well, Ralph Angel. Blue and Darla too.

Nova: We celebrate this young king and queen today not only for their beauty but also for their brains. A round of applause to Keke who’s going to my Tulane University on a full visual arts scholarship…and our dear Micah West who’s taking his talents all the way across the country to Harvard.
Charley: My baby’s going to Harvard!

Charley: You know the difference between you and me? I know my shame and I’ve dealt with my issues. But Jacob, despite the evidence of all of American history, your history, you can’t even acknowledge that your issues around whiteness even exist.
Jacob: How can I be better?
Charley: Drop out of the race?
Jacob: I can’t do that. I want to, I don’t even want to be a councilman but it’s too late for that now.
Charley: Wow. So there’s nothing that you can do.
Jacob: I can promise to work with you once I’m in office.
Charley: No. No, that is not good enough. Do better.
Jacob: I can’t just drop out of the race but maybe I can find a way to make myself unelectable, you know, throw the race.
Charley: I think I can help you with that.

Nova: Now that’s a bold move but, this won’t win him more votes?
Charley: If we play this right, he’ll lose 10 maybe 15% of his white voters, the ones who are blatantly racists, and the small percentage of black supporters he has will reconsider his support once they start to feel he’s pandering his newfound ethnicity and that should be enough to tip the race in my favor.
Nova: That’s bold, Charley. Risky for you and Jacob. The Landrys, the Boudreauxs, and whoever else they’re working with behind the scenes, I don’t think they handle losing very well.
Charley: Yeah, well, neither do I.

Charley: The arrogance of mediocre white men never ceases to astound me.
Jacob: It’s not arrogance, Charley, it’s power. I told you my family stops at nothing that gets in their way.

Nova: I’m not giving up. Please, don’t give up on me.
Violet: Nova, I’ve got memories I left in the past seeping into my bones again, invading my mind, my marriage. It don’t feel good. That’s on you.
Nova: You know what, I’m more sorry than I’ve ever been about anything. I should have discussed what I was doing with you, with everyone. Got your blessing.
Violet: And if I have said "no, don’t do it," would you have listened?

Micah: You’re such a ham, Blue.
Blue: Virginia salty.

Violet: Darla, Baby, you listen to me. Listen, if you were out of it then you were not in the right mind to agree to anything. Do you hear me? And that ain’t just my opinion that’s the law. You understand?
Darla: But…
Violet: But, my ass. There is no "but" here.
Darla: I was…I was… Maybe, maybe I didn’t say no.
Violet: And maybe you did or maybe you didn’t say nothing because you couldn’t. If you can’t remember any of this…It was hard for me too but he was my husband and I was young and thought this was just the way it had to be. I even stopped saying no because it didn’t seem to matter. Blamed myself, thought there was something wrong with me, but I know now that it wasn’t right then and it ain’t right now. No means no, no matter the circumstances. And even if you don’t say no, or can’t, don’t no man or anybody else have the right to take advantage of you. That’s rape.

Micah: You know, Blue, I remember when my parents first started hanging out with other people. At first, it made me sad cause I thought it meant we weren’t going to spend any time together, but I met the other people and they were nice, you know? I think that my mom and dad are actually happier.
Blue: So you didn’t feel sad anymore, ever?
Micah: Sometimes. Sometimes, but you know what? There’s a bright side, a big one.
Blue: What?
Micah: You get two Christmases. You get two birthday presents. You get two graduation parties once I get my college letters. You get two separate rooms that you can decorate and play in.
Blue: Double presents is pretty awesome.
Micah: It is.

Queen Sugar Quotes

The players who got caught with the girl are just kids, coming straight out of high school. No home training, no life skills. We hand them millions of dollars and then say good luck. They marry riffraff. They live wild, now they're messing up our livelihood.


Nova: Be good.
Calvin: I won't tell you the same.
Nova: You know better.