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317 Inspiring Quotes by Alice Walker

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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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.

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

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.

--Alice Walker

mountains with trees under white star at night

Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit.

--Alice Walker

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Repelled by cruelty
let us ban it
from our hearts.

--Alice Walker

photo of gray elephant on grass

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

--Alice Walker

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

--Alice Walker

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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.

--Alice Walker

pink umbrella

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

--Alice Walker

sunset

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

--Alice Walker

cloudy sky

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

--Alice Walker

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

cluster of stars in the sky

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

--Alice Walker

man raising arms between greenfield

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

--Alice Walker



red flower in shallow focus lens

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

red textile in close up photography

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.

--Alice Walker

brown and gray floral textile

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.

--Alice Walker

brown and white humming bird

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

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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

--Alice Walker

woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition

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

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

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

Blue to purple gradient

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

--Alice Walker

aerial photography of beach

I think America has always been polarized.

--Alice Walker

brown mountains under blue sky

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

--Alice Walker

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

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

silver round analog wall clock

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

--Alice Walker

black and white photo of a black

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

grayscale photography of raindrops

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).

--Alice Walker



clear drinking glass with beer

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.

--Alice Walker

white and blue sky during daytime

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.

--Alice Walker


pink and white light illustration

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

--Alice Walker

rainbow

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

--Alice Walker

rocks on sea side at daytime

I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!'

--Alice Walker

blue and red bird during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

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

orange moon during nighttime

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

--Alice Walker

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

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

--Alice Walker

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

The more I wonder, the more I love.

--Alice Walker

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

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

--Alice Walker

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

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.

--Alice Walker

purple flower on purple textile

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.

--Alice Walker

green ceramic mug beside book

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

--Alice Walker

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Hope is a woman who has lost her fear.

--Alice Walker

sunset with storm clouds

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

Arizona landscape

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

--Alice Walker

man jumping on hill during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--Alice Walker

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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

brown mountain

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

--Alice Walker

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

leafless tree

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

--Alice Walker


white and gray floral bed sheet

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?

--Alice Walker

sunset

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

--Alice Walker

pink and blue painted wall

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

--Alice Walker

view of mountaintops with clouds

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.

--Alice Walker

white and blue ice on water

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.

--Alice Walker


rocky mountain

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.

--Alice Walker

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

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

--Alice Walker

gray surface

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.

--Alice Walker

green leaf in close up photography

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

--Alice Walker

white stars in the sky during night time

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

--Alice Walker

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

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


sand

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.

--Alice Walker

gray building

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.

--Alice Walker

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

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.

--Alice Walker

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

I have a collective sense of suffering.

--Alice Walker

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

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

--Alice Walker

brown and gray floral textile

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

--Alice Walker

stars across the sky view at the desert

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

time lapse photography of fire

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

--Alice Walker

foggy mountain summit

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

--Alice Walker

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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.

--Alice Walker


bonfire near mountain

Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited.

--Alice Walker

landscape photography of forest

Every soul is to be cherished, every flower is to bloom.

--Alice Walker

shoreline during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

black and white bird on seashore

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

--Alice Walker


white wall paint with black line

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

person holding flowers

We should not look down on our first ancestors.

--Alice Walker

black and white abstract illustration

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

--Alice Walker


silhouette of stones during golden hour

Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it's a good place that we're all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.

--Alice Walker



purple textile with white line

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

green plants beside brown wooden door

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

--Alice Walker

fawn pug in close up photography

It is important to remember yourself.

--Alice Walker

green leaf

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.

--Alice Walker


person holding white book

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

full moon in the sky

America is not nearly done. We're only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows... what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants -- if they survive that long -- will see.

--Alice Walker


snowy mountain

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

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

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

--Alice Walker

grayscale photography of raindrops

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.

--Alice Walker

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

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

--Alice Walker

Bright orange to dark red gradient

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


white rock formation on sea during daytime

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

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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.

--Alice Walker

blue and white painted wall

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

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker


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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



black textile in close up photography

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

--Alice Walker



white wall paint with white wall paint

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.

--Alice Walker

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

full moon in the sky

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

--Alice Walker

pink and white flower in close up photography

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.

--Alice Walker

bonfire in forest

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

--Alice Walker

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

aerial photography of forest

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

--Alice Walker

purple lavender flower

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.

--Alice Walker

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Alice Walker

black and gray floral textile

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

--Alice Walker

yellow flower in green grass field

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

--Alice Walker

brown sands

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

--Alice Walker

brown leaf on asphalt road

Resistance is the secret of joy!

--Alice Walker

2 people riding on boat during sunset

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.

--Alice Walker

lightning strike at night

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

--Alice Walker

red moon at night

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


snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.

--Alice Walker

rocks on sea side at daytime

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.

--Alice Walker

horse

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

--Alice Walker

Arizona landscape rocks

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.

--Alice Walker

body of water during daytime

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.

--Alice Walker

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

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

--Alice Walker


red rose

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

--Alice Walker

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

--Alice Walker

pink and white abstract painting

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.

--Alice Walker


band performing on stage in front of people

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

--Alice Walker

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

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

--Alice Walker

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

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

--Alice Walker

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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.

--Alice Walker

rainbow

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

--Alice Walker

clear blue sea under blue sky

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.


cumulus clouds

I'm the most stubborn person I know.

--Alice Walker

person standing on top of mountain

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

--Alice Walker

pink and green flower painting

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

--Alice Walker



blue and white water waves

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.

--Alice Walker



pavement surrounded with dried leaves

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

--Alice Walker

green plants beside brown wooden door

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

--Alice Walker

brown sands

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

--Alice Walker


road in the middle of grass covered field during day

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.

--Alice Walker

grayscale photography of pug

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

--Alice Walker

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.

--Alice Walker

seashore during golden hour

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

yellow sunflowers

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

--Alice Walker

red textile on brown wooden table

I wanted in my lifetime to vote for a radical Native American woman, since my vision of any future that we might have is that it will be led by women and older women.

--Alice Walker

photo of giraffe

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

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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.

--Alice Walker

green leafed plant

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.

--Alice Walker

Longer Version:

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.





gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

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

--Alice Walker



bird in the sky

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

--Alice Walker

Light blue to purple gradient

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.

--Alice Walker

crescent moon above mountain

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


blue and white striped textile

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

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

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

--Alice Walker

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

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

--Alice Walker

bonfire on focus photography

I don't generally read reviews.

--Alice Walker

silhouette of off-road car

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

--Alice Walker

castle surrounded fog

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.


low-light photo of forest

I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing.

--Alice Walker

blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Alice Walker

person on road at sunset

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

--Alice Walker

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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.


silhouette photo of mountain during night time

This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.

--Alice Walker

assorted-color beach houses

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.

--Alice Walker

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

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

--Alice Walker


white brick wall planning

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

dog on pier at water

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

--Alice Walker


blue and white painted wall

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.

--Alice Walker

green trees

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

--Alice Walker

silhouette of a person during sunset

For me, writing has always come out of living a fairly to-the-bone kind of life, just really being present to a lot of life. The writing has been really a byproduct of that.

--Alice Walker

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

'Fame' exhausts me.

--Alice Walker

purple and white light illustration

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.

--Alice Walker

golden retriever inside car

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

--Alice Walker


white stars in the sky during night time

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

--Alice Walker

four person standing beside wall

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

--Alice Walker


silver round analog wall clock

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

--Alice Walker

body of water under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Alice Walker

green grass field

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

--Alice Walker

pink flower

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

--Alice Walker

shallow focus photography of adult fawn pug

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

--Alice Walker

sunset

Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

--Alice Walker

blue and white abstract painting

A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone.

--Alice Walker

Arizona landscape

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

--Alice Walker



body of water during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

white rose enclosed photograph

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.

--Alice Walker

brown textile in close up image

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.

--Alice Walker



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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.

--Alice Walker

yellow green leaf

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

--Alice Walker


white and black boat on sea during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

gray satellite disc on field

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

--Alice Walker

people walking on hallway

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

--Alice Walker

cosmic view during night time

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.

--Alice Walker

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

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

--Alice Walker

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker


purple textile with white line

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.

--Alice Walker

white concrete building

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.

--Alice Walker

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

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

--Alice Walker

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Alice Walker

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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.

--Alice Walker

lightning strike at night

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

--Alice Walker

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

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

--Alice Walker

common sunflower

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

--Alice Walker

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker


Bright orange to dark red gradient

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

white desk lamp beside green plant

To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.

--Alice Walker


black and yellow wall sconce

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

silver round analog wall clock

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

--Alice Walker

sliced lemon on pink surface

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

--Alice Walker

beach during daytime

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.

--Alice Walker

body of water

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.

--Alice Walker

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

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

--Alice Walker

full moon in the sky

Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.

--Alice Walker

lights pattern swirls

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

--Alice Walker

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real.

--Alice Walker

raging waves through shores

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.

--Alice Walker


brown humming bird flying in mid air

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

--Alice Walker



snowflake

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

--Alice Walker

Longer Version:

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



sunset with rainbow

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

--Alice Walker

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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?

--Alice Walker

lion on green grass during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker



Arizona landscape

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.

--Alice Walker

black portable vinyl records

Be an outcast; be pleased to walk alone.

--Alice Walker

dew drops on glass panel

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.

--Alice Walker


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

--Alice Walker

dew drops on glass panel

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.

--Alice Walker

green grass field

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

--Alice Walker

blue and white light digital wallpaper

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.

--Alice Walker

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Alice Walker

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

cluster of stars in the sky

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

--Alice Walker

person walking on snowfield

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

--Alice Walker

pink umbrella

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

--Alice Walker

two mugs of brown liquids

It is natural to want to have a future.

--Alice Walker

green trees beside body of water during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it's almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves.

--Alice Walker

forest trees photograph

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

--Alice Walker

gray cactus plant on white pot

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.

--Alice Walker

woman in brown long sleeve shirt and blue denim jeans

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

--Alice Walker


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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.

--Alice Walker

black and white abstract illustration

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.

--Alice Walker

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

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

--Alice Walker

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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

lion on green grass during golden hour

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

--Alice Walker

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

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

panoramic photography of mountains

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.

--Alice Walker

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

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

--Alice Walker

time lapse photography body of water

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

--Alice Walker

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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

--Alice Walker


red and black floral textile

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.

--Alice Walker

landscape photography of mountain

Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

--Alice Walker

brown wooden door

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

brown nut on person's left palm

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

--Alice Walker


pair of white lace-up shoes

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

--Alice Walker

scenery of aurora

Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart.

--Alice Walker

white wall paint with white wall paint

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


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

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

--Alice Walker

woman standing on cliff

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

--Alice Walker

person holding hands

Abortion is an act of self-defense.

--Alice Walker

pink and teal striped textile

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.

--Alice Walker

person standing on top of mountain

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

--Alice Walker

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

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.

--Alice Walker


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