Gloria Gaines: Everything you are and everything you have, is because of that butler.
Cecil Gaines: Vietnam took my boy, and I didn't understand why we were there in the first place.
Gloria Gaines: Now you take that trife low class bitch out of this house.
Cecil Gaines: America has always turned a blind eye to what we done to our own. We look out to the world and judge. We hear about the concentration camps but these camps went on for two hundred years right here in America.
Cecil Gaines: You must look through your eyes, see what it is that they want, see what it is that they need, anticipate, bring a smile to the principal's eyes.
Cecil Gaines: I don't think God meant for people to not have a family.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Young brother, the black domestic defy racial stereotypes by being hardworking and trustworthy. He slowly tears down racial hatred with his example of a strong work ethic and dignified character. Now, while we perceive the butler or the maid to be subservient, in many ways they are subversive, without even knowing it.
Louis Gaines: Charlie, don't do this. Don't do this. This country treats us like dogs.
Charlie Gaines: And do what? Don't do this? You fight your country. I want to fight for my country.
Maynard: Cecil, we got two faces: ours, and the ones that we got to show the white folks. Now, to get up in the world, you have to make them feel non-threatened. Use that, them fancy words that I've taught you. White folks up north, they like some uppity coloreds. Yeah.