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Quotes by Alice Walker

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Wikipedia Summary for Alice Walker

Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she published the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

Quote: Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of man in black and brown camouflage uniform holding red smoke
Photo Credit: Jakob Owens

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


Quote: Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of red and multicolored butterfly perch on yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Krzysztof Niewolny

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


Quote: We are the ones we have been waiting for. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers
Photo Credit: Marshall W

We are the ones we have been waiting for.


Quote: We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of trees at sunset
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.


Quote: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly perched on green leaf
Photo Credit: Sumit Saharkar

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


Quote: I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder.


Quote: Artists have a responsibility to speak and to act when governments fail, and if we don't do that, we really deserve the world we get. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Artists have a responsibility to speak and to act when governments fail, and if we don't do that, we really deserve the world we get.


Quote: 'Fame' exhausts me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

'Fame' exhausts me.


Quote: It is natural to want to have a future. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is natural to want to have a future.


Quote: Be an outcast; be pleased to walk alone. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Be an outcast; be pleased to walk alone.


Quote: I have learned not to worry about love; But to honor its coming with all my heart. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: I don't need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I don't need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.


Quote: My daughter's birth was the incomparable gift of seeing the world at quite a different angle than before, and judging it by a standard that would apply far beyond my natural life. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

My daughter's birth was the incomparable gift of seeing the world at quite a different angle than before, and judging it by a standard that would apply far beyond my natural life.


Quote: If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows -- pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music… That would be so much cheaper than bombs. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows -- pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music… That would be so much cheaper than bombs.


Quote: I just feel that 'The Color Purple,' which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I just feel that 'The Color Purple,' which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors.


Quote: Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.


Quote: When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us.


Quote: Hard times' is a phrase the English love to use, when speaking of Africa. And it is easy to forget that Africa's 'hard times' were made harder by them. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Hard times' is a phrase the English love to use, when speaking of Africa. And it is easy to forget that Africa's 'hard times' were made harder by them.


Quote: Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.


Quote: I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism.


Quote: To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves...We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love, and die. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of grey sand wave
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves...We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love, and die.


Quote: Helped are those who are shown the existence of the Creator's magic in the Universe; they shall experience delight and astonishment without ceasing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those who are shown the existence of the Creator's magic in the Universe; they shall experience delight and astonishment without ceasing.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.


Quote: You'd be surprised how good writing matters when you're going after money. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You'd be surprised how good writing matters when you're going after money.


Quote: I am not lesbian, I am not bisexual, I am not straight. I am just curious. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I am not lesbian, I am not bisexual, I am not straight. I am just curious.


Quote: As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.


Quote: Long as I can spell G-o-d I got somebody along. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Long as I can spell G-o-d I got somebody along.


Quote: I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing.


Quote: If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose tolearn. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose tolearn.


Quote: Repelled by cruelty
let us ban it
from our hearts. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Repelled by cruelty
let us ban it
from our hearts.


Quote: We alone can devalue gold by not caring if it falls or rises in the marketplace. Wherever there is gold there is a chain, you know, and if your chain is gold so much the worse for you. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We alone can devalue gold by not caring if it falls or rises in the marketplace. Wherever there is gold there is a chain, you know, and if your chain is gold so much the worse for you.


Quote: The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.


Quote: The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrows, is always a measure of what has gone before. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrows, is always a measure of what has gone before.




Quote: We will never regret 
having been born in this 
cruel time 
for we recognize it 
for what it is: the time of fullness 
of heart. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We will never regret
having been born in this
cruel time
for we recognize it
for what it is: the time of fullness
of heart.


Quote: In my opinion and experience, imperialists of all nations and races will tell us anything to keep us fighting. For them. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

In my opinion and experience, imperialists of all nations and races will tell us anything to keep us fighting. For them.


Quote: The three wealthiest people in the world own more than the GDP of forty-eight countries! by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The three wealthiest people in the world own more than the GDP of forty-eight countries!


Quote: In a way, no matter who's in charge of the corporation that the United States is, the direction in which it is taken seems to be inexorable. So, you just get the job of being the front man for four or eight years. Now, most people realize that's what you are. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

In a way, no matter who's in charge of the corporation that the United States is, the direction in which it is taken seems to be inexorable. So, you just get the job of being the front man for four or eight years. Now, most people realize that's what you are.


Quote: I'm thinking of the moment something dies and how we instinctively know it. And of how we try not to know what we know because we do not yet understand how we are to negotiate change. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm thinking of the moment something dies and how we instinctively know it. And of how we try not to know what we know because we do not yet understand how we are to negotiate change.


Quote: Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited.


Quote: Love likes to extend itself. If you receive it in a book -- or however you get it -- then your duty is to extend it beyond. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Love likes to extend itself. If you receive it in a book -- or however you get it -- then your duty is to extend it beyond.


Quote: That politicians 
who smiled at us and kissed our babies 
blue eyes shining with triumph 
well knew we were falling 
into our graves 
kicked by them 
as they counted 
our votes. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

That politicians
who smiled at us and kissed our babies
blue eyes shining with triumph
well knew we were falling
into our graves
kicked by them
as they counted
our votes.


Quote: It is the sense
that something that was alive
for a very long time
is still alive. Not yet beaten into
submission
or oblivion
by those who kill everything
they touch
with money. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is the sense
that something that was alive
for a very long time
is still alive. Not yet beaten into
submission
or oblivion
by those who kill everything
they touch
with money.


Quote: What that song? I ast. Sound low down dirty to me. Like what the preacher tells you its sin to hear. Not to mention sing.
She hum a little more. Something come to me, she say. Something I made up. Something you help scratch out my head. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

What that song? I ast. Sound low down dirty to me. Like what the preacher tells you its sin to hear. Not to mention sing.
She hum a little more. Something come to me, she say. Something I made up. Something you help scratch out my head.


Quote: This could be our revolution: to love what is plentiful as much as what's scarce. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

This could be our revolution: to love what is plentiful as much as what's scarce.




Quote: Surely the earth can be saved
by all the people
who insist
on love. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Surely the earth can be saved
by all the people
who insist
on love.


Quote: The sight of a Black nun strikes their sentimentality; and, as I am unalterably rooted in native ground, they consider me a work of primitive art, housed in a magical color; the incarnation of civilized, anti-heathenism, and the fruit of a triumphing idea. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The sight of a Black nun strikes their sentimentality; and, as I am unalterably rooted in native ground, they consider me a work of primitive art, housed in a magical color; the incarnation of civilized, anti-heathenism, and the fruit of a triumphing idea.


Quote: We writers -- we're the snowflakes of the literary world. We each have our own shape. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We writers -- we're the snowflakes of the literary world. We each have our own shape.


Quote: You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: She thought of how diligently she'd worked to free herself. Difficult because of the shock she was in, discovering she was trapped, captured most of all by possessions. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

She thought of how diligently she'd worked to free herself. Difficult because of the shock she was in, discovering she was trapped, captured most of all by possessions.


Quote: What make him pull through? I ast 
Oh, she say, Harpo made him send you the rest of your sister's letters. Right after that he start to improve. You know meanness kill, she say. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

What make him pull through? I ast
Oh, she say, Harpo made him send you the rest of your sister's letters. Right after that he start to improve. You know meanness kill, she say.


Quote: There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive. One might be blown to bits in such a moment and still be at peace. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive. One might be blown to bits in such a moment and still be at peace.


Quote: Sofia the kind of woman no matter what she have in her hand she make it look like a weapon. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Sofia the kind of woman no matter what she have in her hand she make it look like a weapon.


Quote: Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.


Quote: Well, sometime Mr ---- git on me pretty hard. I have to talk to Old Maker. But he my husband. I shrug my shoulders. This life soon be over, I say. Heaven last all ways. You ought to bash Mr ---- head open, she say. Think bout heaven later. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Well, sometime Mr ---- git on me pretty hard. I have to talk to Old Maker. But he my husband. I shrug my shoulders. This life soon be over, I say. Heaven last all ways. You ought to bash Mr ---- head open, she say. Think bout heaven later.


Quote: What hurts the most is being misunderstood. They tell me that's an Aquarian trait -- that that's the thing we don't like. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

What hurts the most is being misunderstood. They tell me that's an Aquarian trait -- that that's the thing we don't like.


Quote: No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.


Quote: It's so important to unclutter the mind. For me, creativity is greatly impeded just by the chatter and visual clutter of life. It's really important to have a space that is really clear for whatever is emerging to come. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of blue sky and white clouds
Photo Credit: Humberto Arellano

It's so important to unclutter the mind. For me, creativity is greatly impeded just by the chatter and visual clutter of life. It's really important to have a space that is really clear for whatever is emerging to come.


Quote: You must run around like a crazy person or walk sedately honoring the dead. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You must run around like a crazy person or walk sedately honoring the dead.


Quote: Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin.


Quote: The long-term accommodation that protects marriage and other such relationships is ... forgetfulness. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The long-term accommodation that protects marriage and other such relationships is ... forgetfulness.


Quote: This is the true wine of astonishment: We are not over when we think we are. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

This is the true wine of astonishment: We are not over when we think we are.


Quote: Love is big; love can hold anger, love can even hold hatred. It's about the intention of what you want it to do. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Love is big; love can hold anger, love can even hold hatred. It's about the intention of what you want it to do.


Quote: Helped are those who lose their fear of death; theirs is the power to envision the future in a blade of grass. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those who lose their fear of death; theirs is the power to envision the future in a blade of grass.


Quote: First time I got the full sight of Shug Avery long black body with it black plum nipples, look like her mouth, I thought I had turned into a man. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

First time I got the full sight of Shug Avery long black body with it black plum nipples, look like her mouth, I thought I had turned into a man.


Quote: To me war is something to be outgrown, recognized as immature, wasteful, and so destructive to life that human beings should shun it ... as they once shunned bubonic plague. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

To me war is something to be outgrown, recognized as immature, wasteful, and so destructive to life that human beings should shun it ... as they once shunned bubonic plague.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.


Quote: I feel I am a child that's lost its mother. I feel like a calf whose mother has gone off to slaughter. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I feel I am a child that's lost its mother. I feel like a calf whose mother has gone off to slaughter.


Quote: It's essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can't really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of brown wallpaper
Photo Credit: Suganth

It's essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can't really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself.


Quote: The world was almost at the point of forgetting what a fine time people can have helping one another. That people like to work together and to kick back after work and share their experiences. What would happen if our foreign policy centered on the cultivation of joy rather than pain? she thought. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of Alice Walker quote: The world was almost at the point of forgetting what a fine time people can have helping one another. That people like to work together and to kick back after work and share their experiences. What would happen if our foreign policy centered on the cultivation of joy rather than pain? she thought.- black text on quotes background

The world was almost at the point of forgetting what a fine time people can have helping one another. That people like to work together and to kick back after work and share their experiences. What would happen if our foreign policy centered on the cultivation of joy rather than pain? she thought.


Quote: We were not meant to suffer so much and learn nothing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We were not meant to suffer so much and learn nothing.


Quote: War is a dead end, literally. And, what is more, we simply can't afford it. Not morally, and not financially. How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed? by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of Alice Walker quote: War is a dead end, literally. And, what is more, we simply can't afford it. Not morally, and not financially. How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed?- black text on quotes background

War is a dead end, literally. And, what is more, we simply can't afford it. Not morally, and not financially. How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed?


Quote: I'm getting tired of Harpo, she say. All he think about since us married is how to make me mind. He don't want a wife, he want a dog. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm getting tired of Harpo, she say. All he think about since us married is how to make me mind. He don't want a wife, he want a dog.


Quote: Dear God...I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Dear God...I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me.


Quote: The artist...is the voice of the people. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The artist...is the voice of the people.


Quote: Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart.


Quote: Humans -- whatever billions we are -- we don't have the control. We are considered expendable, basically. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Humans -- whatever billions we are -- we don't have the control. We are considered expendable, basically.


Quote: She standing there looking me straight in the eye. She look tired and her jaws full of air.
I say it's cause I'm a fool, I say. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't.
What that? she say.
Fight. I say. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

She standing there looking me straight in the eye. She look tired and her jaws full of air.
I say it's cause I'm a fool, I say. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't.
What that? she say.
Fight. I say.


Quote: All her young life she has tried to please her father, never quite realizing that, as a girl, she never could. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

All her young life she has tried to please her father, never quite realizing that, as a girl, she never could.


Quote: Even on those days 
the news is fully bad.
And all you can do is get out of bed 
and failing that 
give thanks you have a bed not to get out of. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Even on those days
the news is fully bad.
And all you can do is get out of bed
and failing that
give thanks you have a bed not to get out of.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.




Quote: You really can't be a good artist if you can't say what you really feel. And people may be offended, but, you know, that's how you feel, and that is your right, and that is your gift as well. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You really can't be a good artist if you can't say what you really feel. And people may be offended, but, you know, that's how you feel, and that is your right, and that is your gift as well.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.




Quote: You got to fight them, Celie, she say. I can't do it for you. You got to fight them for yourself. I don't say nothing. I think bout Nettie, dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don't fight, I stay where I'm told. But I'm alive. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You got to fight them, Celie, she say. I can't do it for you. You got to fight them for yourself. I don't say nothing. I think bout Nettie, dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don't fight, I stay where I'm told. But I'm alive.


Quote: Freedom, after all, is like love: the more you give to others, the more you have. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Freedom, after all, is like love: the more you give to others, the more you have.


Quote: Helped are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be as full as it is long. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be as full as it is long.


Quote: I could never live happily in Africa-or anywhere else-until I could live freely in Mississippi. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I could never live happily in Africa-or anywhere else-until I could live freely in Mississippi.


Quote: What I love best about Shug is what she been through, I say. When you look in Shug's eyes you know she been where she been, seen what she seen, did what she did. And now she know. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

What I love best about Shug is what she been through, I say. When you look in Shug's eyes you know she been where she been, seen what she seen, did what she did. And now she know.


Quote: Even as I hold you, I am letting you go. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Even as I hold you, I am letting you go.


Quote: I'm mad about the waste that happens when people who love each other can't even bring themselves to talk. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: Folks crying and fanning and trying to keep a stray eye on the children, but they don't stare at Sofia and her sisters. They act like this the way it always done. I love folks. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Folks crying and fanning and trying to keep a stray eye on the children, but they don't stare at Sofia and her sisters. They act like this the way it always done. I love folks.


Quote: Whenever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. I have been helped, supported, encouraged and nurtured by people of all races, creeds, colors and dreams. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Whenever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. I have been helped, supported, encouraged and nurtured by people of all races, creeds, colors and dreams.


Quote: Resistance is the secret of joy! by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Resistance is the secret of joy!




Quote: The life of my people is to remember forever; each head granary is full. The life of your people is to forget: your thing granaries (museums), and not yourselves, are full. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The life of my people is to remember forever; each head granary is full. The life of your people is to forget: your thing granaries (museums), and not yourselves, are full.


Quote: You can't truly have an open heart until it's been broken. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You can't truly have an open heart until it's been broken.


Quote: Listen, God loves everything you love, and a mess of stuff you don't. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Listen, God loves everything you love, and a mess of stuff you don't.


Quote: It's almost unbelievable where we are as a planet because people have been so afraid of rocking the boat, of putting forth what they really believe, and standing with people who need to be stood with. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It's almost unbelievable where we are as a planet because people have been so afraid of rocking the boat, of putting forth what they really believe, and standing with people who need to be stood with.


Quote: Abortion is an act of self-defense. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Abortion is an act of self-defense.


Quote: The protection of evil must be the most self-destructive job. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The protection of evil must be the most self-destructive job.


Quote: I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found It. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found It.


Quote: 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. -- -- -The Gospel According to Shug. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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. -- -- -The Gospel According to Shug.


Quote: And when they spy on us let them discover us loving. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

And when they spy on us let them discover us loving.


Quote: Be what they do not want: 
Be thoughtful. 
Be skilled at loving. 
Be of good heart.
Be of the world tribe. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Be what they do not want:
Be thoughtful.
Be skilled at loving.
Be of good heart.
Be of the world tribe.


Quote: How we come into this world, how we are ushered in, met, and hopefully embraced upon arrival, impacts the whole of our time on earth. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

How we come into this world, how we are ushered in, met, and hopefully embraced upon arrival, impacts the whole of our time on earth.


Quote: The world has changed: it did not change without your prayers without your faith without your determination to believe in liberation and kindness; without your dancing through the years that had no beat. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition
Photo Credit: Greg Shield

The world has changed: it did not change without your prayers without your faith without your determination to believe in liberation and kindness; without your dancing through the years that had no beat.


Quote: You a low down dog is what's wrong. It's time to leave you and enter into the creation. And your dead body just the welcome mat I need. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You a low down dog is what's wrong. It's time to leave you and enter into the creation. And your dead body just the welcome mat I need.


Quote: War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited.


Quote: Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.


Quote: I am not interested in being a role model, or in fulfilling the expectations of others. I know I am of most use to others and to myself by being this unique self: Nature, I have noticed, is not particularly devoted to copies, and human beings needn't be either. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I am not interested in being a role model, or in fulfilling the expectations of others. I know I am of most use to others and to myself by being this unique self: Nature, I have noticed, is not particularly devoted to copies, and human beings needn't be either.


Quote: It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone.


Quote: Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do better than a good sound beating. (Walker 2000: 34). by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do better than a good sound beating. (Walker 2000: 34).


Quote: All my life I had to fight... But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house... I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

All my life I had to fight... But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house... I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.


Quote: I've found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: In each of us, there is a little voice that knows exactly which way to go. And I learned very early to listen to it, even though it has caused so much grief and havoc, and I think that is the only answer. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of elephant on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Hans-Jurgen Mager

In each of us, there is a little voice that knows exactly which way to go. And I learned very early to listen to it, even though it has caused so much grief and havoc, and I think that is the only answer.


Quote: The good news may be that Nature is phasing out the white man, but the bad news is that's who She thinks we all are. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The good news may be that Nature is phasing out the white man, but the bad news is that's who She thinks we all are.


Quote: I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions-those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions-those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.


Quote: Writing poems is my way of celebrating with the world that I have not committed suicide the evening before. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: I don't know if you actually get something out of writing poetry. I think poetry is an autonomous muse that decides to come and sit on your couch. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I don't know if you actually get something out of writing poetry. I think poetry is an autonomous muse that decides to come and sit on your couch.




Quote: Honestly, that is the most important thing to me: Can I continue to live up to my own expectations of myself -- and not fall back into slacking? by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Honestly, that is the most important thing to me: Can I continue to live up to my own expectations of myself -- and not fall back into slacking?


Quote: Helped are those too busy living to respond when they are wrongfully attacked: on their walks they shall find mysteries so intriguing as to distract them from every blow. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those too busy living to respond when they are wrongfully attacked: on their walks they shall find mysteries so intriguing as to distract them from every blow.


Quote: As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. 
 As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I'm the Earth. I won't give up until the Earth gives up. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can.
As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I'm the Earth. I won't give up until the Earth gives up.


Quote: Helped are those whose ever act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those whose ever act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child.




Quote: People who work hard often work too hard. ... May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

People who work hard often work too hard. ... May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms.


Quote: It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how I come to know trees fear man. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how I come to know trees fear man.


Quote: America is America. It's a capitalist system. They leaders have enshrined that belief that profit matters more than anything else. The polarization of the society is just the resurfacing of that. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

America is America. It's a capitalist system. They leaders have enshrined that belief that profit matters more than anything else. The polarization of the society is just the resurfacing of that.


Quote: I think America has always been polarized. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think America has always been polarized.


Quote: Alice Walker
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.


Quote: For instance: scorpions, vipers, and yellow jackets in paradise? How to accept gracefully the part of GOD that stings! by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

For instance: scorpions, vipers, and yellow jackets in paradise? How to accept gracefully the part of GOD that stings!


Quote: The only way to solace anyone who loved you in life is to be a good memory. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The only way to solace anyone who loved you in life is to be a good memory.


Quote: People will say to you, Oh, you are fearless. That is so not true. We should stop saying that about people. It's a slander, really. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

People will say to you, Oh, you are fearless. That is so not true. We should stop saying that about people. It's a slander, really.


Quote: Whoever you are, whatever you are, start with that, whether salt of the earth or only white sugar. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Whoever you are, whatever you are, start with that, whether salt of the earth or only white sugar.


Quote: But it ain't easy, trying to do without God even if you know he ain't there, trying to do without him is a strain. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

But it ain't easy, trying to do without God even if you know he ain't there, trying to do without him is a strain.


Quote: Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it.


Quote: The harm that you do to others is the harm that you do to yourself and you cannot think then that you can cause wars in other parts of the world and destroy people and drone them without this having a terrible impact on your own soul and your own consciousness. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The harm that you do to others is the harm that you do to yourself and you cannot think then that you can cause wars in other parts of the world and destroy people and drone them without this having a terrible impact on your own soul and your own consciousness.


Quote: 'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.


Quote: Just be what it is that you are, and that is just fine. You don't have to be what you're not in any way. Live that and live that fully, and that is where you discover ecstasy. You can't really have ecstasy as something other than yourself. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Just be what it is that you are, and that is just fine. You don't have to be what you're not in any way. Live that and live that fully, and that is where you discover ecstasy. You can't really have ecstasy as something other than yourself.


Quote: All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. Girl, child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I had to fight in my own house. I loves Harpo. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of Alice Walker quote: All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. Girl, child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I had to fight in my own house. I loves Harpo. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.- black text on quotes background

All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. Girl, child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I had to fight in my own house. I loves Harpo. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.


Quote: You don't need organized religion to connect with the universe. Often a church is the only place you can go to find peace and quiet... But it shouldn't be confused with connecting with one's spirit. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You don't need organized religion to connect with the universe. Often a church is the only place you can go to find peace and quiet... But it shouldn't be confused with connecting with one's spirit.


Quote: Hope is a woman who has lost her fear. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Hope is a woman who has lost her fear.


Quote: There is so much we don't understand. And so much unhappiness comes because of that. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

There is so much we don't understand. And so much unhappiness comes because of that.


Quote: Our mothers and grandmothers ... moving to music not yet written. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Our mothers and grandmothers ... moving to music not yet written.


Quote: The earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.




Quote: How sad now never to see men holding hands, while everywhere one looks they are holding guns. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

How sad now never to see men holding hands, while everywhere one looks they are holding guns.


Quote: I've learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I've learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.


Quote: We do it because we care. We care that Vincent Van Gogh mutilated his ear. We care that behind a pile of manure in the yard he destroyed his life. We care that Scott Joplin's music lives! We care because we know this: the life we save is our own. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We do it because we care. We care that Vincent Van Gogh mutilated his ear. We care that behind a pile of manure in the yard he destroyed his life. We care that Scott Joplin's music lives! We care because we know this: the life we save is our own.




Quote: I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of Alice Walker quote: I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.- black text on quotes background

I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.


Quote: The more I wonder, the more I love. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The more I wonder, the more I love.


Quote: There is a way forward 
and yes 
it is with a broken 
heart
but it is our own way
collectively convened,
pondered,
shared. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

There is a way forward
and yes
it is with a broken
heart
but it is our own way
collectively convened,
pondered,
shared.


Quote: Everything wanna be loved. Us sing and dance, and holla just wanting to be loved. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Everything wanna be loved. Us sing and dance, and holla just wanting to be loved.




Quote: She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show.




Quote: I think I'm led by spirit. I think I'm led by a sense of what is right and what feels good to me -- what I accept, what is joyful, what is positive. I see my mission, in a way, as carrying that forward -- not so much by preaching, but by embodiment. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think I'm led by spirit. I think I'm led by a sense of what is right and what feels good to me -- what I accept, what is joyful, what is positive. I see my mission, in a way, as carrying that forward -- not so much by preaching, but by embodiment.


Quote: When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle Willingly burning my self To light up the darkness around me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle Willingly burning my self To light up the darkness around me.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.


Quote: If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life.


Quote: Time moves slowly, but passes quickly. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.




Quote: Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.


Quote: It is this broken road with pitfalls and sharp turns and unexpected traverses that has brought me joy and adventure. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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


Quote: Helped are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Helped are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity.


Quote: Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.


Quote: Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit.


Quote: 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. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. Watch the people succumb To madness With ample cheer; Let them look askance at you And you askance reply. Be an outcast; Be pleased to walk alone (Uncool) Or line the crowded River beds With other impetuous Fools. Make a merry gathering On the bank Where thousands perished For brave hurt words They said. Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Qualified to live Among your dead.


Quote: I prefer to praise people and the world rather than criticize them and it. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I prefer to praise people and the world rather than criticize them and it.


Quote: I don't generally read reviews. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I don't generally read reviews.


Quote: The dropping of bombs on people -- isn't that terrorism? by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The dropping of bombs on people -- isn't that terrorism?


Quote: My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me.


Quote: I gave my archive to Emory University because there's a really dear friend who teaches there, Rudolph Byrd, and he's the editor. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I gave my archive to Emory University because there's a really dear friend who teaches there, Rudolph Byrd, and he's the editor.


Quote: I deeply regret any harm, or any perceived harm, that I may have done to anyone by any behaviour of mine. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I deeply regret any harm, or any perceived harm, that I may have done to anyone by any behaviour of mine.


Quote: I love the women's movement, and I never thought of it as belonging to any particular segment of the population. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I love the women's movement, and I never thought of it as belonging to any particular segment of the population.


Quote: I think many people in my community had very different kinds of mothers: they had mothers who acquiesced in the system of male and white-supremacist domination, and my mother never did. She just could not do it. It just wasn't in her. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think many people in my community had very different kinds of mothers: they had mothers who acquiesced in the system of male and white-supremacist domination, and my mother never did. She just could not do it. It just wasn't in her.


Quote: So many killings of black men in my lifetime. The physical shock is astounding. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

So many killings of black men in my lifetime. The physical shock is astounding.


Quote: Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also.


Quote: When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they'd always known -- the plantations -- because they attempted to exercise their 'democratic' right to vote. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of Alice Walker quote; white text on black background

When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they'd always known -- the plantations -- because they attempted to exercise their 'democratic' right to vote.


Quote: We must do everything in our power to cease the behaviour that makes children everywhere feel afraid. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We must do everything in our power to cease the behaviour that makes children everywhere feel afraid.


Quote: One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe.


Quote: A good model of how to 'work with the enemy' internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

A good model of how to 'work with the enemy' internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet.


Quote: We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise.


Quote: Most damage that others do us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Most damage that others do us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion.


Quote: I think Americans generally are not used to working very hard, in terms of working for the collective. I think in our country we have taken individualism to its farthest reaches, possibly. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think Americans generally are not used to working very hard, in terms of working for the collective. I think in our country we have taken individualism to its farthest reaches, possibly.


Quote: I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!' by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!'


Quote: I see myself in all the people in the world who are suffering and who are very badly treated and who are often made to feel that they have no place on this Earth. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I see myself in all the people in the world who are suffering and who are very badly treated and who are often made to feel that they have no place on this Earth.


Quote: It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing.


Quote: You cannot see the changes that you're dreaming about, because they're internal. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You cannot see the changes that you're dreaming about, because they're internal.


Quote: I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can't do that, once every two months or every four months. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can't do that, once every two months or every four months.


Quote: I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life.


Quote: I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. So, the best way to get them to read, is to read. The best way to get them to do anything is to do it yourself, and they will absolutely copy you. That way, you don't have to worry about what's supposedly age appropriate, a child will pick something up when the child is ready.


Quote: My interest in creating anything is that it be useful. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.


Quote: I started writing as a child. But I didn't think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something -- no, maybe junior -- and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I started writing as a child. But I didn't think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something -- no, maybe junior -- and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.


Quote: I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know.


Quote: It's a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they're different. It's very limiting. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of road during night time
Photo Credit: Patrick Hendry

It's a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they're different. It's very limiting.


Quote: Once you feel loved by the universe, you're already accepted, and you're not really concerned about offending people. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Once you feel loved by the universe, you're already accepted, and you're not really concerned about offending people.


Quote: At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of brown wooden board
Photo Credit: Keith Misner

At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost.


Quote: I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro -- that's the Scotch-Irish part. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro -- that's the Scotch-Irish part.


Quote: Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.


Quote: It is important to remember yourself. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is important to remember yourself.


Quote: You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don't accept it, it's their loss. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don't accept it, it's their loss.


Quote: Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real.


Quote: I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing.


Quote: On a spiritual level, it's as though with my sighted eye I see what's before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what's hidden. It's illuminated life more than darkened it. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

On a spiritual level, it's as though with my sighted eye I see what's before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what's hidden. It's illuminated life more than darkened it.


Quote: If you deny people their own voice, you'll have no idea of who they were. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

If you deny people their own voice, you'll have no idea of who they were.


Quote: I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people.


Quote: Part of our tradition as black women is that we are universalists. Black children, yellow children, red children, brown children, that is the black woman's normal, day-to-day relationship. In my family alone, we are about four different colors. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Part of our tradition as black women is that we are universalists. Black children, yellow children, red children, brown children, that is the black woman's normal, day-to-day relationship. In my family alone, we are about four different colors.


Quote: I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you.


Quote: I have a collective sense of suffering. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have a collective sense of suffering.




Quote: My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of photo of author Alice Walker with quote