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Inspiring Quotes by Alice Walker on love, activism, feminism, freedom and other things.

100 Inspiring Quotes By Alice Walker, The Author Of The Color Purple

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Alice Walker is a poet, novelist, short story writer and social activist from the United States, who rose to prominence in the 20th century and remains one of the foremost intellectuals of the world. She was born in a poor family but her mother made sure that she was educated and Walker had secretly started writing stories from as early an age as eight. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Walker plunged straight into the world of activism by joining voter registration campaigns and other welfare programs. She had been interested in the Civil Rights Movement and the movement had a profound influence on her as an activist. Walker’s writing career is best known for the book ‘The Color Purple’ published in 1982 that made her one of the better known writers in the world. It won her the National Book Award and more importantly, she was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her other notable works as a writer include ‘The Third Life of Grange Copeland’ and ‘Meridian’, both of which further enhanced her reputation as a writer of rare skill. Walker is a woman who is a great orator and here are some of the more famous quotes from her life as a writer, activist and public intellectual.

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems, Alice Walker

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

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

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

- 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.

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Activism is my rent for living on the planet.

- Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

The nature of this flower is to bloom.

- Alice Walker

We are the ones we have been waiting for

- 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.

- The Temple of My Familiar, 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.

- Alice Walker

A grown child is a dangerous thing.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts who finds heartmeat delicious but not rare who sucks the juices drop by drop and bloody-chinned grins like a God.

- Alice Walker

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.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Alice Walker

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.

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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?

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

(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.

- In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Everything want to be loved.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

What you hope for, you also fear.

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

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

- 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...

- Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

The more I wonder, the more I love.

- The Color Purple, 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.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Like I said...fine with me.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

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.

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

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.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise

- Alice Walker

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.

- By The Light Of My Father's Smile, Alice Walker

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.

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

His little whistle sound like it lost way down a jar, and the jar in the bottom of the creek. P. 64

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

- Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender

- Alice Walker

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

- In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

Resistance is the secret of joy!

- Alice Walker

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

- By The Light Of My Father's Smile, Alice Walker

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

- In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Alice Walker

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

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

- Alice Walker

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

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

I love his dear eyes in which the vulnerability and beauty of his soul can be plainly read.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

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

We all have to start somewhere if us want to do better, an d out of self is what us have to hand

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it.

- Possessing the Secret of Joy, 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

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

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.

- You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Short Stories, Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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.

- Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems, Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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.

- Alice Walker

Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. Dear God.

- Alice Walker

The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom Rebellious. Living. Against the Elemental Crush. A Song of Color Blooming For Deserving Eyes. Blooming Gloriously For its Self.

- Alice Walker

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

A burnt finger remember the fire.

- Alice Walker

Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity.

- The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

Women have to summon courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

- Alice Walker

Just cause I love her don't take away none of her rights.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

I can't fix my mouth to say how I feel.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

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

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

She look so stylish it like the trees all round the house draw themself up tall for a better look.

- The Color Purple, Alice Walker

The God of woman is autonomy

- Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker