Alice Walker Quotes

Who the Hell is Alice Walker?

Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker is an American Pultzer Prize winning novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist.

Walker is best known for her novel 'The Color Purple' which was the basis of the movie by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Born February 09, 1944

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Best 70 Quotes by Alice Walker

“A writer's heart, a poet's heart, an artist's heart, a musician's heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world.”

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“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

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“Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.”

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“Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.”

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“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on Earth is it for.”

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“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”

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“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.”

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“I imagine good teaching as a circle of earnest people sitting down to ask each other meaningful questions. I don't see it as a handing down of answers.”

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“I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.”

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“I've found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing.”

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“If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?”

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“If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.”

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“In nature, nothing is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they're still beautiful.”

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“In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.”

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“It is this broken road with pitfalls and sharp turns and unexpected traverses that has brought me joy and adventure.”

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“It just seems clear to me that as long as we are all here, it's pretty clear that the struggle is to share the planet, rather than divide it.”

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“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”

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“Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.”

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“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

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“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”

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“Not only will your teachers appear, but they will cook new foods for you.”

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“Part of what existence means to me is knowing the distance between what I am now and what I was then.”

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“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.”

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“Resistance is the secret of joy!”

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“Storytelling, you know, has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They're taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don't want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That's what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”

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“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”

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“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”

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“The nature of this flower is to bloom.”

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“The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men.”

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“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

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“What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmothers' time? In our great-grandmothers' day? It is an answer cruel enough to stop the blood.”

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“What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.”

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“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”

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“Writing poems is my way of celebrating with the world that I have not committed suicide the evening before.”

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

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"Possessing the Secret of Joy" Quotes

“I think of the meaning of the word 'testimony'. Originally it named the custom of two men holding each other's testicles in a gesture of trust, later to metamorphose into the handshake.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“My fantasy life. Without it I'm afraid to exist.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“Religion is an elaborate excuse for what man has done to women and to the Earth.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“There is for human beings no greater Hell to fear than the one on Earth.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“When the axe came into the forest, the trees said the handle is one of us.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

“World wars have been fought and lost; for every war is against the world and every war against the world is lost.”

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Possessing the Secret of Joy

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"Revolutionary Petunias" Quotes

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”

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"The Color Purple" Quotes

“A burnt finger remembers the fire.”

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The Color Purple

“A grown child is a dangerous thing.”

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The Color Purple

“But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive.”

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The Color Purple

“Have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.”

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The Color Purple

“I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way. I can't apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to. We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful. We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.”

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The Color Purple

“I can't fix my mouth to say how I feel.”

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The Color Purple

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”

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The Color Purple

“I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it can't have.”

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The Color Purple

“If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content.”

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The Color Purple

“Let him hear me, I say. If he ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place, I can tell you.”

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The Color Purple

“People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”

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The Color Purple

“She look so stylish it's like the trees all round the house draw themself up tall for a better look.”

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The Color Purple

“The more I wonder, the more I love.”

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The Color Purple

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”

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The Color Purple

“Unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.”

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The Color Purple

“We all have to start somewhere if us want to do better, and out of self is what us have to hand.”

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The Color Purple

“Why any woman gives a shit what people think is a mystery to me.”

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The Color Purple

"The Temple of My Familiar" Quotes

“Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“Helped are those who forgive; their reward shall be forgetfulness of every evil done to them. It will be in their power, therefore, to envision the new Earth.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“I'm mad about the waste that happens when people who love each other can't even bring themselves to talk.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

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“Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“Part of shaping ourselves is done by others; and a lot of our shaping comes from that one close friend who is something like us.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“Resist the temptation to think what afflicts you is peculiar to you. Have faith that what is in your consciousness can be communicated to the consciousness of all. And is, in many cases, already there.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“Some people don't understand that it is the nature of the eye to have seen forever, and the nature of the mind to recall anything that was ever known.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“What you hope for, you also fear.”

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The Temple of My Familiar

“You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen.”

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The Temple of My Familiar