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quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!' with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!'

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

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

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker

Longer Version:

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

My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.

--Alice Walker

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

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

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: Once you feel loved by the universe, you're already accepted, and you're not really concerned about offending people. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker

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

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: It is important to remember yourself. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is important to remember yourself.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don't accept it, it's their loss. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you. with background image: 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.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I have a collective sense of suffering. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have a collective sense of suffering.

--Alice Walker

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

My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: It's very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can't imagine. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It's very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can't imagine.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: As long as the people don't fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn't stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful... but so frightening. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

As long as the people don't fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn't stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful... but so frightening.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: From infancy, I have relied on the fiercely sweet spirits of black men; and this is abundantly clear in my work. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

From infancy, I have relied on the fiercely sweet spirits of black men; and this is abundantly clear in my work.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: It's an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important... and to feel that you're being published by people who really don't get it and or don't really care. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It's an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important... and to feel that you're being published by people who really don't get it and or don't really care.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I'm the most stubborn person I know. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm the most stubborn person I know.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father's head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father's head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I'm sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I'm for women choosing whatever they want to do but they have to really know what they are doing. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I'm for women choosing whatever they want to do but they have to really know what they are doing.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Sucking up to the biggies won't get us anywhere. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Sucking up to the biggies won't get us anywhere.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they've had forever. And they've been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they've had forever. And they've been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I feel very happy to be living in Berkeley because there are a lot of people who are politically active here. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I feel very happy to be living in Berkeley because there are a lot of people who are politically active here.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I see children, all children, as humanity's most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I see children, all children, as humanity's most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?' with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

--Alice Walker

Longer Version:

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence -- as it saves most writers who live in 'interesting' oppressive times and are not afflicted by personal immunity.


quote by Alice Walker: All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.

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

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

--Alice Walker

Longer Version:

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 by Alice Walker: Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Many readers fail to realize this, but 'The Color Purple' is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one's original God: the earth and nature. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Many readers fail to realize this, but 'The Color Purple' is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one's original God: the earth and nature.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I don't call myself a Buddhist. I'm a free spirit. I believe I'm here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that's my religion. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I don't call myself a Buddhist. I'm a free spirit. I believe I'm here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that's my religion.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Horses make a landscape look beautiful. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.

--Alice Walker

quote by Alice Walker: As you know from school, it's when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you've done your best. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

As you know from school, it's when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you've done your best.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I think war is so incredibly backward, and I don't think it's intelligent, and it's not sane. So why would you want to support it? with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I think war is so incredibly backward, and I don't think it's intelligent, and it's not sane. So why would you want to support it?

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: We should not look down on our first ancestors. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We should not look down on our first ancestors.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you're just going to keep buying and selling things until there's nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you're just going to keep buying and selling things until there's nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: What's really hard is that you could care a lot for someone and not want to live with him anymore. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

What's really hard is that you could care a lot for someone and not want to live with him anymore.

--Alice Walker


quote by Alice Walker: My life is not to be somebody else's impact -- you know what I mean? with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

My life is not to be somebody else's impact -- you know what I mean?

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

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

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's 'mature' critics often are. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's 'mature' critics often are.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Part of my ancestry is Cherokee. And in that tradition, you become an adult when you're 52. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Part of my ancestry is Cherokee. And in that tradition, you become an adult when you're 52.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: You don't always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that's plenty. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

You don't always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that's plenty.

--Alice Walker
quote by Alice Walker: Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities.

--Alice Walker

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