Monday, April 15, 2024

100+ Quotes Of Alice Walker

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1.I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know.

2.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.

3.On a spiritual level, it’s as though with my sighted eye I see what’s before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what’s hidden. It’s illuminated life more than darkened it.

4.My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness.

5.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.

6.I’m tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro – that’s the Scotch-Irish part.

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

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

9.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?

10.There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason.

11.For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn’t poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse.

12.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.

13.When I was 18, I went to the Soviet Union. I kept hearing that America was planning to bomb them – lots of bombs were going to come down on these people. I went there not knowing anything, except that I thought the whole thing was stupid and that I wanted to see who these people were that we were going to bomb.

14.I just feel that ‘The Color Purple,’ which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors.

15.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.

16.I made my first white women friends in college; they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered.

17.When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they’d always known – the plantations – because they attempted to exercise their ‘democratic’ right to vote.

18.I don’t generally read reviews.

19.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.

20.My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig.

21.Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities.

22.I’ve always felt quite singular, even as a child. That I must stay on track to keep my purpose.

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

24.I’m still living at least five parallel lives, honestly! I wonder about it. I have no idea how that happens.

25.Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

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

27.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.

28.Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.

29.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 choose to chain yourself – then they get to say ‘See, you did it yourself.’

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

31.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 injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try.

32.My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me.

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

34.Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us. A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone.

35.Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.

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

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

38.Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

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

40.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.

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

42.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.

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

44.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.

45.Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.

46.We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise.

47.The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print.

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

49.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.

50.Fear is real, but so is love.

51.The most important question in the world is, ‘Why is the child crying?’

52.Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.

53.It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multi-branched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel’s attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land.

54.I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder.

55.I’m not lesbian; I’m not bisexual; I’m not straight. I’m just curious.

56.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.

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

58.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.

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

60.Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.

61.As long as the people don’t fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn’t stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful… but so frightening.

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

63.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 that we see in black women. And it’s just… womanish.

64.If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.

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

66.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.

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

68.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.

69.Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.

70.We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise.

71.The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print.

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

73.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.

74.Fear is real, but so is love.

75.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 bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly.

76.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 people.

77.We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.

78.My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.

79.Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

80.It is important to remember yourself.

81.I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it.

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

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

84.You don’t always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that’s plenty.

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

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

87.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.

88.I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.

89.In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you’ve become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that’s the height of intelligence.

90.We must do everything in our power to cease the behaviour that makes children everywhere feel afraid.

91.One of the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement is that when you travel through the South today, you do not feel overwhelmed by a residue of grievance and hate.

92.This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.

93.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 plainly read.

94.A good model of how to ‘work with the enemy’ internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet.

95.My life is not to be somebody else’s impact – you know what I mean?

96.Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

97.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.

98.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.

99.If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows – pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music… That would be so much cheaper than bombs.

100.Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it.

101.I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t have.

102.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 could do it. You didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it.

103.I’m the most stubborn person I know.

104.Once you feel loved by the universe, you’re already accepted, and you’re not really concerned about offending people.

105.We should not look down on our first ancestors.

106.I have a collective sense of suffering.

107.If you deny people their own voice, you’ll have no idea of who they were.

108.You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don’t accept it, it’s their loss.

109.The dropping of bombs on people – isn’t that terrorism?

110.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.

111.I made my first white women friends in college; they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered.

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