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“Here's the thing, say Shug. The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. 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 do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit. It? I ask. Yeah, It. God ain't a he or a she, but a It. But what do it look like? I ask. Don't look like nothing, she say. It ain't a picture show. It ain't something you can look at apart from anything else, including yourself. I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you cam feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found it.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“A grown child is a dangerous thing.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
tags: time
“Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“Never offer your heart
to someone who eats hearts
who finds heartmeat
delicious
but not rare
who sucks the juices
drop by drop
and bloody-chinned
grins
like a God.”
Alice Walker
“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”
Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men. But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house. She let out her breath. I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“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
“Man corrupt everything, say Shug. He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't. Whenever you trying to pray, and man plop himself on the other end of it, tell him to git lost, say Shug. Conjure up the flowers, wind, water, a big rock.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“She thought of how precious it was to be able to know another person over many years. There was incomparable richness in it.”
Alice Walker
“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
Alice Walker
“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools. ”
Alice Walker
“I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing.”
Alice Walker
“Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love.”
Alice Walker
“On Stripping Bark from Myself

(for Jane, who said trees die from it)

Because women are expected to keep silent about
their close escapes I will not keep silent
and if I am destroyed (naked tree!) someone will
please
mark the spot
where I fall and know I could not live
silent in my own lies
hearing their 'how nice she is!'
whose adoration of the retouched image
I so despise.

No. I am finished with living
for what my mother believes
for what my brother and father defend
for what my lover elevates
for what my sister, blushing, denies or rushes
to embrace.

I find my own
small person
a standing self
against the world
an equality of wills
I finally understand.

Besides:

My struggle was always against
an inner darkness: I carry within myself
the only known keys
to my death – to unlock life, or close it shut
forever. A woman who loves wood grains, the color
yellow
and the sun, I am happy to fight
all outside murderers
as I see I must.”
Alice Walker, Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete
“What you hope for, you also fear. ”
Alice Walker, The Temple Of My Familiar
“(a womanist)

3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.”
Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
“You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen.”
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.

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
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

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

Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.”
Alice Walker, Everyday Use
“Listen, God love everything you love - and a mess of stuff you don't. But more than anything else, God love admiration.

You saying God vain? I ast.

Naw, she say. Not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.

What it do when it pissed off? I ast.

Oh, it make something else. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“I don't know. I imagine good teaching as a circle of earnest people sitting down to ask each other meaningful questions. I don't see it as a handing down of answers...”
Alice Walker
“Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to get attention we do, except walk?”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us.”
Alice Walker
“Like I said...fine with me.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men”
Alice Walker
“it is this broken road with pitfalls and sharp turns and unexpected traverses that has brought me joy and adventure. ”
Alice Walker
“Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored”
Alice Walker
“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
“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
tags: tea
“Some people don't understand that it is the nature of the eye to have seen forever, and the nature of the mind to recall anything that was ever known.”
Alice Walker, The Temple Of My Familiar


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