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

Famous As: The First African-American Woman to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Born On: February 9, 1944
Born In: Eatonton, Georgia, United States
Age: 78 Years

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alice Walker
Activism is my rent for living on the planet.

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.

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

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

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

Alice Walker
Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alice Walker
The nature of this flower is to bloom.

The nature of this flower is to bloom.

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

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

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

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

Alice Walker
We are the ones we have been waiting for

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.

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.

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.

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.

A grown child is a dangerous thing.

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

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

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.

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
The more I wonder, the more I love.

The more I wonder, the more I love.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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
(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.

(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.

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

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

Alice Walker
Everything want to be loved.

Everything want to be loved.

Alice Walker
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

Alice Walker
What you hope for, you also fear.

What you hope for, you also fear.

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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
Like I said...fine with me.

Like I said...fine with me.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alice Walker
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alice Walker
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

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

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

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

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

Alice Walker
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender

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.

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

Alice Walker
Resistance is the secret of joy!

Resistance is the secret of joy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Alice Walker
This is the true wine of astonishment:

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alice Walker
Women have to summon courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

Women have to summon courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Walker
The God of woman is autonomy

The God of woman is autonomy

Alice Walker