Ray Charles: I want you to promise me something. Promise you won't feel sorry for me just because I'm blind.
Della Bea Robinson: How can I pity someone I admire?

Ray Charles: There's some things you're not understandin'...
Della Bea Robinson: Well, make me understand, Ray!
Ray Charles: Baby, when I walk out that door I walk out alone in the dark. I'm trying to do something ain't nobody ever done in music and business. But I can't do it if I'm alone everywhere I go. I don't wanna be alone here, Bea. Not in my own home. Look, Bea, if you don't understand me, then who will?

Della Bea Robinson: The only thing that can help you is God, Ray!
Ray Charles: Don't you talk about God! You have any idea how it feels to go blind and still be afraid of the dark? And every day, you stand and pray just for a little light, and you don't get nothing. Cause God don't listen to people like me.
Della Bea Robinson: Stop talking like that.
Ray Charles: As far as I'm concerned, me and God is even, and I do what I damn well please.

Della Bea Robinson: I'm having second thoughts about this. I don't know nobody in L.A.
Ray Charles: Look, Bea, I don't want my kids growing up in the South. Now L.A. is where, you know, a Negro can spread his wings and fly.
Della Bea Robinson: Ray, my whole family is in Texas.
Ray Charles: That's why we're moving to L.A.

Della Bea Robinson: Let me call you a cab.
Ray Charles: I got it. Three blocks up, left for two, right for one, 15 giant steps and I'm at the Crystal White Hotel. Hello!

Della Bea Robinson: If only your mama was here.
Ray Charles: She's here. She ain't never left.

Somebody'll fetch you when the bus gets to St. Augustine. When your there, show 'em this. Tell them your name is Ray Charles Robinson. An' the sandwiches I made, don't eat them all at once... ya hear me?

Aretha Robinson

And if you keep usin' that needle they'll take away your music and put you in *jail!* Is that what you want?

Della Bea Robinson: ... there is something you love more then me, the children, and every woman you ever slept with.
Ray Charles: No, don't say that, Bea. You know I love you more then anythin'
Della Bea Robinson: [shouts] It's your music!

Della Bea Robinson: You have got to stop this now because there is something you love more then me...
Ray Charles: No, don't say that, Bea...

Ray Charles: Well, where's the preacher at and the wife?
Della Bea Robinson: They're in Dallas till Monday.
Ray Charles: Well, hallelujah.

Ray Charles: Ms. Antoine, it's been two weeks.
Della Bea Robinson: It's been three.

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