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'The Help' Movie Quotes

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The long-anticipated movie version of the best-selling book The Help finally hit theaters in August of 2011, and, not surprisingly, it's filled with great quotes. From the humor of Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) to the wisdom of Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and the persistence of Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) - the young, very green writer determined to tell their stories to the world - 'The Help' offers poignant, memorable quotes that echo those in Kathryn Stockett's novel. These women blaze a dangerous trail, daring to expose the racial injustices the Black maids suffer at the hands of their white employers in the early-1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. If you're a fan and you don't see your favorite 'The Help' quotes on this list, feel free to add them!

‘The Help’ debuted very strong at the U.S. box office, taking in more than $26 million in its opening weekend. The movie stayed strong in coming weeks, securing the number one spot for several more weeks, outperforming initial box office expectations. The movie was buoyed by generally favorable reviews and strong word-of-mouth, as moviegoers passed the word along that it was a great film. By mid-September of 2011, ‘The Help’ had earned well over $147 million domestically.

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    Kind, Smart and Important

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    Aibileen Clark (to Mae Mobley): "You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
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    We Love Them and They Love Us

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    Skeeter: "I was raised by a colored woman. We love them and they love us - but they can't even use the toilets in our houses."

    Skeeter sums up the crux of 'The Help' nicely in this one, simple quote.
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    Bringing Back Courage

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    Charlotte Phelan: "Courage sometimes skips a generation. Thank you for bringing it back to our family."
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    Can't Forget

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    Missus Walters: "I may have trouble rememberin' my own name, or what country I live in. But there's two things I can't seem to forget. That my own daughter threw me into a nursin' home and that she ate Minny's sh*t. Good night."
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