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American novelist, Birth: 9-2-1944 Alice Walker Quotes
1.
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
Alice Walker

'Womanist is to feminist as aubergine is to lilac.'
2.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
Alice Walker

The most frequent mode of relinquishing control is believing one doesn't possess any.
3.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Alice Walker

No one is your companion who insists on your quietude, or rejects your entitlement to progress.
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Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.
Alice Walker

Examine intently the present you are creating: it should resemble the future you envision.
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Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.
Alice Walker

Whenever you are generating beauty in your environment, you are revitalizing your own spirit.
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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: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before.
Alice Walker

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

'I don't need an abundance of companions, just a few I can depend on.'
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Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.
Alice Walker

Quote Topics by Alice Walker: Thinking People Children Men Mother Writing Believe Heart Mean World Self Country War Peace Long Animal Flower Needs Want Way Knows Book Struggle Hurt God Black Earth Color Taken Years
9.
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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'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
Alice Walker

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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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12.
Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
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13.
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.
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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 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.
Alice Walker

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There is no graceful way to carry hatred.
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Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
Alice Walker

17.
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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Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Alice Walker

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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.
Alice Walker

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we are the ones we have been waiting for
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21.
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

22.
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

23.
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.
Alice Walker

24.
Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.
Alice Walker

25.
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

26.
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 myself wood. I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how come I know trees fear man.
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27.
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
Alice Walker

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Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance.
Alice Walker

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Every soul is to be cherished, every flower is to bloom.
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30.
Propaganda is amazing, people can be led to believe anything.
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31.
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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32.
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.
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It has become a common feeling, I believe, as we have watched our heroes falling over the years, that our own small stone of activism, which might not seem to measure up to the rugged boulders of heroism we have so admired, is a paltry offering toward the building of an edifice of hope. Many who believe this choose to withhold their offerings out of shame. This is the tragedy of the world. For we can do nothing substantial toward changing our course on the planet, a destructive one, without rousing ourselves, individual by individual, and bringing our small, imperfect stones to the pile.
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34.
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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Writing about people helps us to understand them, and understanding them helps us to accept them as part of ourselves.
Alice Walker

36.
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

37.
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
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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 what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.
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The earth is for joy, and dancing is a big part of that. And you dance with nature. Nature is always dancing. If you're not harassing it and killing it and mutilating it, nature is dancing. That's what the leaves are doing when the wind blows through them. We live in a magical wonderful universe. And just spoil it while thinking we can at some point go to heaven or some other planet.
Alice Walker

40.
no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world.
Alice Walker

41.
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

42.
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 will make fame.
Alice Walker

43.
The nature of this flower is to bloom.
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44.
In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
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45.
Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
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46.
Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared.
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

48.
Decide that you know what you think is good for you and go ahead and do it.
Alice Walker

49.
Love yourself. Just love yourself. In fact, the love of the self cures every kind of problem you have with yourself. For instance, if someone calls you nappy-headed, it rolls right off your body, if you love nappy hair. Or if someone calls you buck-toothed or too black, that won't be a problem if you love being buck-toothed or black. If you love it, then so what. The development of self-love cures many of the ills that people suffer from.
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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?
Alice Walker