Alice Walker

Born: February 9, 1944

Occupation: Author

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Resistance is the secret of joy!

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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.

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To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget:...

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

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You are saying, are you not, I said to Manuelito, that stories have more room in them than ideas? [...] He laughed. That is correct, Señor. It is as if ideas are made of blocks. Rigid and hard. And stories...

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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...

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Man corrupt everything, say Shug. He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't....

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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...

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I feel a little peculiar around the children. For one thing, they grown. And I see they think me and Nettie and Shug and Albert and Samuel and Harpo and Sofia and Jack and Odessa real old and don't know...

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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.

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

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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...

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we are the ones we have been waiting for

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God is different to us now, after all these years in Africa. More spirit than ever before, and more internal. Most people think he has to look like something or someone- a roofleaf or Christ- but we don't....

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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.

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Be compassionate to everyone. Don't just search for whatever it is that annoys and frightens you-see beyond those things to the basic human being. Especially see the child in the man or woman. Even if...

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Books became my world because the world I was in was very hard.

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I think colors are miraculous. We live in a universe that is extremely creative and magical. We become happier as we appreciate these things in nature.

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One white man on the platform in South Carolina asked us where we were going--we had got off the train to get some fresh air and to dust the grit and dust out of our clothes. When we said Africa he looked...

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A grown child is a dangerous thing.

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My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities...and the will to grasp them.

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

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Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God.

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

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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.

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A burnt finger remember the fire.

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I try to teach my heart not to want things it cant have.

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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.

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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.

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...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...

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

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

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

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We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. If they do, it is our duty as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children. If necessary, bone by bone.

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I write not only what I want to read...I write all the things I should have been able to read.

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Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don't even recognize that growth is happening...Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about...

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

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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.

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Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart.

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I'm not [a Buddhist]. The whole point of anything that is really, truly valuable to your soul, and your own growth, is not to attach to a teacher, but rather to find out what the real deal is in the world...

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You seem so clear about who you are. So certain that you are just right as you are, that for all your intelligence and maybe in spite of it, you never seem to need a second opinion.

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

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Writing about people helps us to understand them, and understanding them helps us to accept them as part of ourselves.

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Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.

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But if by some miracle and all our struggle, the earth is spared, only justice to every living being will save humankind.

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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.

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During my years of being close to people engaged in changing the world I have seen fear turn into courage. Sorrow into joy. Funerals into celebration. Because whatever the consequences, people, standing...

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The Animals of the planet are in desperate peril and they are fully aware of this. No less than human beings are doing in all parts of the world, they are seeking sanctuary.

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

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Every time I conjure up a rock, I throw it.

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Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength - in search of my mother's garden, I found my own.

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Creation is a sustained period of bliss.

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Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored

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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.

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

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What you hope for, you also fear.

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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

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No song or poem will bear my mother's name. Yet so many of the stories that I write, that we all write, are my mother's stories.

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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

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Women have to summon courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

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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...

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Aside from the fact that they say it's unhealthy, my fat ain't never been no trouble. Mens always have loved me. My kids ain't never complained. Plus they's fat.

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

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Be an outcast. Be pleased to walk alone.

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Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

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

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In order to be able to live at all in America I must be unafraid to live anywhere in it, and I must be able to live in the fashion and with whom I choose.

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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.

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

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

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(a womanist) 3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.

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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,...

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As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can.

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In the far upper corner of my altar is a photo of Joan Crawford in her most fierce Mommy Dearest mode, just to remind me of some of the cost of everyone's hard-earned sweetness and light.

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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...

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

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If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.

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Everything is already perfect. And if you can accept that everything is already perfect, the imperfection is a part of the perfection. What's to worry about?

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Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared.

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

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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,...

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He beat me like he beat the children. Cept he don't never hardly beat them. He say, Celie, git the belt. The children be outside the room peeking through the cracks. It all I can do not to cry. I make...

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All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men. But I never thought I'd have to fight...

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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not...

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

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I'm entirely interested in people, and also other creatures and beings, but especially in people, and I tend to read them by emotional field more than anything. So I have a special interest in what they're...

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Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

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

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

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

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

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Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

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I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what...

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

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We should learn to accept that change is truly the only thing that's going on always, and learn to ride with it and enjoy it.

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Politically, the world is so confused right now - there's so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government.

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

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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.

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

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All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.

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

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Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.

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Horses make a landscape look beautiful.

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

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I'm the most stubborn person I know.

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

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I think there is a sense of being forced at this time to look at America's really large shadow and that's not all that bad.

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

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

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The infinite faith I have in people's ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified, finally, by their behavior.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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I have never felt that the one thing that I am 'known for' is what I am.

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I love the natural world - it comes from my culture, which grew out of a people enslaved.

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

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I realized I was a country person - I'm just not used to small spaces.

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I started out as a poet. I've always been a poet since I was 7 or 8. And so I feel myself to be fundamentally a poet who got into writing novels.

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

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

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

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Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

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

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

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You know, one race will not be a survivor if the other one dies, and that's something that we should think about.

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At one point I learned transcendental meditation. This was 30-something years ago. It took me back to the way that I naturally was as a child growing up way in the country, rarely seeing people. I was...

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I'm not convinced that women have the education or the sense of their own history enough or that they understand the cruelty of which men are capable and the delight that many men will take in seeing you...

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War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn't surprise us. All those bombs going off, all those rockets, all those planes and helicopters. All that fuel of various kinds being used. It pollutes...

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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.

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People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually, that people progress, but actually only some people progress. The rest of the people don't.

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Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence.

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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.

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I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, 'black feminist' does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit...

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It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put - without delay, and with tenderness - back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the...

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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.

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There are those who believe Black people possess the secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I was distressed that after 9/11, when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the United States' response was to attack Afghanistan, where some of the terrorists had been.

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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.

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Part of what confuses people in times of upheaval is that you're getting so many different points of view and directions and so and so, how to do this and do that. And a lot of it is written in a language...

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The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn't want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give em something. Either your money, your land, your...

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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?

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One thing that never ceases to amaze me, along with the growth of vegetation from the earth and of hair from the head, is the growth of understanding.

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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.

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Listen, God love everything you love - and a mess of stuff you don't. But more than anything else, God love admiration. You saying God vain? I ast. Naw, she say. Not vain, just wanting to share a good...

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As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartednes s.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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There is no graceful way to carry hatred.

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

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Revolt is the mirror in which greed is forced to see itself.

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

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My great-great-great-grandmother walked as a slave from Virginia to Eatonton, Georgia... It is in memory of this walk that I chose to keep and to embrace my "maiden" name, Walker.

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I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same, there's a real lightheartednes s about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they're not the...

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Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.

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Abortion is an act of self-defense.

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It is chilling to think that the same people who persecuted the wise women and men of Europe, its midwives and healers, then crossed the oceans to Africa and the Americas and tortured and enslaved, raped,...

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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.

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

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Creation is a sustained period of bliss, even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there's the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you...

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

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

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

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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.

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Like I said...fine with me.

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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...

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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.

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The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men

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Laughter isn't even the other side of tears. It is tears turned inside out. Truly the suffering is great, here on earth. We blunder along, shredded by our mistakes, bludgeoned by our faults. Not having...

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Not only will your teachers appear, but they will cook new foods for you.

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

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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.

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Alice Walker

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.

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Alice Walker

If I could live as a tree, as a river, as the moon, as the sun, as a star, as the earth, as a rock, I would. ...Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.

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Alice Walker

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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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

Healing begins where the wound was made.

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Alice Walker

The nature of this flower is to bloom.

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Alice Walker

But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive.

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing...

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content.

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Alice Walker

I don't know. 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...

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Alice Walker

We will be ourselves and free, or die in the attempt. Harriet Tubman was not our great-grandmother for nothing.

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Alice Walker

Activism is my rent for living on the planet.

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Alice Walker

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.

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

The Olinka girls do not believe girls should be educated. When I asked a mother why she thought this, she said: A girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something. What can she...

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

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...

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Alice Walker

The more I wonder, the more I love.

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Alice Walker

I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. That's why I find war so hard to bear. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart. I love a light heart....

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Alice Walker

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

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Alice Walker

My heart hurt so much I can't believe it. How can it keep beating, feeling like this?

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss