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All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
Alice Walker
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
Alice Walker
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
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
Alice Walker
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
The nature of this flower is to bloom.
Alice Walker
Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.
Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
Alice Walker
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.
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
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. 
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
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 (By the Light of My Father's Smile, 1998)
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
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
The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men.
Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. 
Alice Walker (By the Light of My Father's Smile, 1998)
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
Alice Walker (Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism, 1997)
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
Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.
Alice Walker (The Temple of My Familiar, 1989)
What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.
Alice Walker (The Temple of My Familiar, 1989)
In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
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.
Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love.
Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)
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 (By the Light of My Father's Smile, 1998)
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 (The Temple of My Familiar, 1989)
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me. 
Alice Walker (Possessing the Secret of Joy, 1992)
Any God I ever found in church, I brought in myself.
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 (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)
I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.
Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)
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Alice Walker Biography

Born: February 9, 1944

Alice Walker is an African American author and poet. She is most widely known for writing the highly praised and Pulitzer Prize winner book, The Color Purple.

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Notable Works
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
Meridian (1970)
The Color Purple (1982)
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983)
Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
Warrior Marks (1993)
Notable Poems
Be Nobody's Darling
Possessing the Secret of Joy
Warrior Marks
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