Quotes by Alice Walker

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

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
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.
Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.
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. 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.
Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus hair was like lamb's wool, I say. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about they God is that his hair kinky.
The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
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.
It seems our fate to be incorrect (look where we live, for example), and in our incorrectness stand.
It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.
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.
The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.
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.
Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.
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.
… the inner voice; the human compulsion when deeply distressed to seek healing counsel within ourselves, and the capacity within ourselves both to create this counsel and to receive it.
The Secret of Joy is … Resistance.
And I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it can’t have.
Laughter isn’t even the other side of tears. It is tears turned inside out.
You know a little drink now and then never hurt nobody, but when you can’t git started without asking the bottle, you in trouble.
Be nobody’s darling; / Be an outcast.
But I don’t know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive.
Truly the suffering is great, here on earth. We blunder along, shredded by our mistakes, bludgeoned by our faults. Not having a clue where the dark path leads us. But on the whole, we stumble along bravely, don’t you think?
Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
Anyhow, I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other mens I know. Trifling, forgetful [sic], and lowdown.
I’ve also discovered the world is full of mothers who’ve done their best and still hurt their daughters: that we have daughters everywhere.
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
I believe that the truth about any subject only comes when all sides of the story are put together, and all their different meanings make one new one.
A person’s work is her only signature; we forget this at our peril. It is to the work and the life we must turn.