Alice Walker Top 10 Quotes


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)


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

Alice Walker (The Color Purple, 1982)


The nature of this flower is to bloom.

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


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)


Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

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


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)


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

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)

See all quotes by Alice Walker

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)

All Quotations by Alice Walker