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Top 50 Best All Time Alice Walker Quotes That Inspire

Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker 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.

Common Questions about Alice Walker

How was Alice Walker blinded?

At age eight, Walker was shot accidentally in her right eye with a BB gun while playing with her brothers. Scar tissue grew over the blind eye.

Is The Color Purple autobiographical?

The book was a semi-autobiography, discussing specific events in Walker’s life

How did Alice Walker impact the world?

A writer and feminist, Alice Walker is especially known for novels, poems, and short stories that offer great insight into African American culture and often focus on women. For the novel The Color Purple (1982), she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Our Favorite Alice Walker Quotes

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“...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.”

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

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

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”

“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.”

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

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

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

“Any God I ever found in church, I brought in myself.”

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

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

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

“Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.”

“A grown child is a dangerous thing.”

“The more I wonder, the more I love.”

“The nature of this flower is to bloom.”

“Everything want to be loved.”

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

“we are the ones we have been waiting for”

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

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

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

“I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly and can't cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I'm here.”

“She was so quiet. So reflective. And she could erase herself, her spirit, with a swiftness that truly startled, when she knew the people around her could not respect it.”

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

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”

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

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

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

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

“She thought of how precious it was to be able to know another person over many years. There was incomparable richness in it.”

“What you hope for, you also fear. ”

“We do not believe in heaven or hell...; we do not believe in eternal damnation. We believe only in the unavoidable horror of hurting others and of likewise being hurt.”

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

“We are all substantially flawed, wounded, angry, hurt, here on Earth. But this human condition, so painful to us, and in someways shameful- because we feel we are weak when the reality of ourselves is exposed- is made much more bearable when it is shared, face to face, in words that have expressive human eyes behind them...”

“Resistance is the secret of joy!”

“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...”

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ”

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

“It didn't take long to realize I didn't hardly know nothing. And that if you ast yourself why you black or a man or a woman or a bush it don't mean nothing if you don't ast why you here, period”

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

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

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