Alice Walker Quotes & Wallpapers

Alice Walker
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You got to fight them, Celie, she say. I can't do it for you. You got to fight them for yourself. I don't say nothing. I think bout Nettie, dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don't fight, I stay where I'm told. But I'm alive. Alice Walker

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

... my mother adorned with flowers whatever shabby house we were forced to live in. Alice Walker

Just be what it is that you are, and that is just fine. You don't have to be what you're not in any way. Live that and live that fully, and that is where you discover ecstasy. You can't really have ecstasy as something other than yourself Alice Walker

Abortion, for many women, is more than an experience of suffering beyond anything most men will ever know, it is an act of mercy, and an act of self-defense. Alice Walker

Helped are those too busy living to respond when they are wrongfully attacked: on their walks they shall find mysteries so intriguing as to distract them from every blow. Alice Walker

There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive. One might be blown to bits in such a moment and still be at peace. Alice Walker

Expecting anything, living frugally in surprise. Alice Walker

Storytelling, you know, has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They're taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don't want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That's what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you. Alice Walker

Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. Saki Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. Alice Walker

After all, how can a society flourish, a country attain democracy and health, children grow into intelligent beings, sensitive to the needs of an ever more fragile and endangered planet, if half it's people are kept out of the driver's seat? 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. 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. Alice Walker

...have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. Alice Walker

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

June Jordan, who died of cancer in 2002, was a brilliant, fierce, radical, and frequently furious poet. We were friends for thirty years. Not once in that time did she step back from what was transpiring politically and morally in the world. She spoke up, and led her students, whom she adored, to do the same. Alice Walker

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. Alice Walker

'Fame' exhausts me. Alice Walker

There's an ecstatic side to writing. It's like jazz. It just has a life. Alice Walker

I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!' Alice Walker

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. Alice Walker

My great-great-great-grandmother walked as a slave from Virginia to Eatonton, Georgia... It is in memory of this walk that I chose to keep and to embrace my "maiden" name, Walker. 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. Alice Walker

I'm not [a Buddhist]. The whole point of anything that is really, truly valuable to your soul, and your own growth, is not to attach to a teacher, but rather to find out what the real deal is in the world itself. You become your own guide. The teachings can help you, but really, we're all here with the opportunity the reality of hereness. We all have that. I trust that...I'm just not interested in labels. I find all of them constrictive. They're hard to wear. And they're hard to wear because we're always - hopefully - growing. Alice Walker

Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength - in search of my mother's garden, I found my own. Alice Walker

Whoever you are, whatever you are, start with that, whether salt of the earth or only white sugar. Alice Walker

Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God. Alice Walker

Be compassionate to everyone. Don't just search for whatever it is that annoys and frightens you-see beyond those things to the basic human being. Especially see the child in the man or woman. Even if they are destroying you, allow a moment to see how lost in their own delusion and suffering they are. 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 Alice Walker

Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus hair was like lamb's wool, I say. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about they God is that his hair kinky. 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. 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. Alice Walker

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

You don't need organized religion to connect with the universe. Often a church is the only place you can go to find peace and quiet... But it shouldn't be confused with connecting with one's spirit. Alice Walker

She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Alice Walker

I think mothers and daughters are meant to give birth to each other, over and over; that is why our challenges to each other are so fierce; that is why, when love and trust have not been too badly blemished or destroyed, the teaching and learning one from the other is so indelible and bittersweet. We daughters must risk losing the only love we instinctively feel we can't live without in order to be who we are, and I am convinced this sends a message to our mothers to break their own chains, though they may be anchored in prehistory and attached to their own great grandmothers' hearts. Alice Walker

I can spend two hours grubbing about in my garden, dazed with pleasure and intent, and it feels like five minutes. Alice Walker

We're going to have to debunk the myth that Africa is a heaven for black people - especially black women. We've been the mule of the world there and the mule of the world here. Alice Walker

I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same, there's a real lightheartednes s about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they're not the same, ever again. 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. Alice Walker

They calls me yellow like yellow be my name. They calls me yellow like yellow be my name. But if yellow is a name Why aint black the same. Well, if I say Hey black girl Lord, she try to ruin my game. Alice Walker

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

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

Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. Alice Walker

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. Alice Walker

As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out. Alice Walker

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. Alice Walker

We writers - we're the snowflakes of the literary world. We each have our own shape. Alice Walker

I love my own culture. I love my African-American culture very deeply, and I know it deserves to be honored. You have to be aware that people are suffering unjustly, and given our own history we have a duty to stand for the people who are being treated like our parents and grandparents and children were treated. Alice Walker

Listen, God love everything you love - and a mess of stuff you don't. But more than anything else, God love admiration... I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. Alice Walker

God is inside you and inside everybody else. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don't know what you looking for. Trouble for most folks be God ain't a he or a she, but a It. Alice Walker

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

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

I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like - when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn't look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that's terrorism, too. Alice Walker

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

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

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. Alice Walker

I live on the West Coast of the United States, and yet the air that I breathe is sometimes the same air that was being breathed in China the day before. Alice Walker

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

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

As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young. Alice Walker

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. Alice Walker

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

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. Alice Walker

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. Alice Walker

America is not nearly done. We're only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows... what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants - if they survive that long - will see. Alice Walker

Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. Alice Walker

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. Alice Walker

I never talk about my next project. Alice Walker

It's very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can't imagine. Alice Walker



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