madea quote

Listen, I put everybody that come in my life into a category of a tree. Some people are like leaves on a tree; the wind blow, they over here, they unstable. Blow the other way, they over here. And when the season change, they wither and die, they gone. It’s alright – most people in the world are like that. They just there to take from the tree, they ain’t there to do nothin but take and give shade every now and then. That’s all they can do. But don’t get mad at people like that, that’s who they are. They ain’t never gonna be nothin, they were put on this earth to be what they are – a leaf. Some people are like a branch on that tree. You gotta be careful with them branches too, cause they’ll fool you. They’ll get there and make you think they’re a good friend and they’re really strong, but the minute you step out, they’ll break and leave you high and dry. But if you find you two or three people in your life like the roots at the bottom of that tree, you are blessed, cause them the kind of people that ain’t goin no where. They ain’t worried about bein seen, don’t nobody have to know that they know you, don’t got to know what they doin for you, but if them roots weren’t there that tree couldn’t live. You understand? A tree can have a hundred million branches, but only a few roots down at the bottom to make sure it gets everything it needs.
—  Madea, from Madea Goes to Jail Stage Play 2006.