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13 Epic Quotes from the Farewell Season of ‘OITNB’

The curtain may have closed on Netflix’s prison comedy-drama, but its words are here to stay

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Jessica Xalxo Jul 29, 2019

Jackie Cruz as Marisol Gonzales in 'Orange Is The New Black.' Photo: JoJo Whilden/Netflix

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Last Friday, Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) bid farewell with its final season. From block-level protests to a full-blown riot for prison reform, to plea deals and crusading against ICE, the characters on the show portrayed the human stories behind the bars. The narratives of the path-breaking webseries addressed both headlines and cover-ups in the real world, questioning the premise and price of a sentence. Here are 13 quotes from the seventh and final season that’ll be hard to forget:


“You’ll be back. Humans are narrative junkies.”
— Nicky Nichols

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“It’s about character. It’s about who shows up for you and who you show up for. When you’re young, you learn this. When you have children, you teach this. When you’re old, you hope you remember.”
— Galina Reznikov (Red)

Yael Stone as Lorna Morello, Kate Mulgrew as Galina Reznikov and Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“Sometimes you have to take the leap and see if a net will appear.”
— Adeola Chinede

Dascha Polanco as Dayanara Diaz and Sipiwe Moyo as Adeola Chinede in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“I’m trying something new. Focusing on the here and now. ‘Cause life keeps throwin’ me these curveballs. Think I’m gonna keep swingin’ a little bit longer, see what I hit.”
— Tasha Jefferson (Taystee)

Danielle Brooks as Tasha Jefferson in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


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“When I look into their chicken faces, I just understand them.
I think it’s because I think of them as people.”
— Suzanne Warren (Crazy Eyes)

 

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne Warren in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“Here’s what I learned. You can’t change people. Especially the old ones.
But what you can change is your attitude to ’em.”
— Cindy Hayes (Black Cindy)

Dale Soules as Frieda Berlin and Adrienne C. Moore as Cindy Hayes in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“Yeah, this big house is a fixer-upper. 360 views of gray walls and the plumbing is a motherfucker. Don’t you pay no never mind to that soot falling from the ceiling.
That’s from all the prayers that turned to ash before they left the building.”
— Antoinette Kerson (Akers)

Besanya Santiago as Raquel Munoz, Jo Lampert as Marie Brock, Daniella De Jesus as Irene Cabrera and Phumzile Sitole as Antoinetta Kerson in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“History is a continuum that loops around.”
—  Irene Cabrera (Zirconia)

Daniella De Jesus as Irene Cabrera in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“I think sometimes you get so busy, you don’t have time to wonder how you’re doing it all. You do it. And then sometimes you hit a wall, and you say, ‘Okay, that’s all I can handle.’
And you back off and try not to get near the wall again.
There’s strength in admitting what you can’t do. Nobody likes it. But it’s self-preservation.”
— Galina Reznikov (Red)

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols and Kate Mulgrew as Galina Reznikov in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“I’m really down here because you guys don’t want me to tell everyone you’re the animals.”
— Gloria Mendoza

Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“It doesn’t really matter how we get the job. What matters is what we do once we have them.”
— Natalie Figueroa (Fig)

Alysia Reiner as Natalie Figueroa in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“Going going gone. Sold.”
— Suzanne Warren (Crazy Eyes)

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne Warren and Danielle Brooks as Tasha Jefferson in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


“Anything can be a dildo if you’re brave enough.”
— Nicky Nichols

Yael Stone as Lorna Morello, Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols and Laura Prepon as Alex Vause in ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Photo: JoJo Whilden


 

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