Alice Walker Quotes

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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 (The Color Purple, 1982)

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

Alice Walker (The Third Life of Grange Copeland, 1970)

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, 1983)

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.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.

Qualified to live Among your dead.

Alice Walker (Be Nobody's Darling)

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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.

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)

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