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“Every time I conjure up a rock, I throw it.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“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
“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise”
Alice Walker
tags: life
“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”
Alice Walker, Living by the Word
“The Olinka girls do not believe girls should be educated. When I asked a mother why she thought this, she said: A girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something.
What can she become? I asked.
Why, she said, the mother of his children.
But I am not the mother of anybody's children, I said, and I am something.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“We are all substantially flawed, wounded, angry, hurt, here on Earth. But this human condition, so painful to us, and in someways shameful- because we feel we are weak when the reality of ourselves is exposed- is made much more bearable when it is shared, face to face, in words that have expressive human eyes behind them...”
Alice Walker
“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
“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
“To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before. ”
Alice Walker
“The more I wonder, the more I love.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“God is different to us now, after all these years in Africa. More spirit than ever before, and more internal. Most people think he has to look like something or someone- a roofleaf or Christ- but we don't. And not being tied to what God looks like, frees us.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly and can't cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I'm here.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ”
Alice Walker
“Resist the temptation to think what afflicts you is peculiar to you. Have faith that what is in your consciousness can be communicated to the consciousness of all. And is, in many cases, already there.”
Alice Walker, The Temple Of My Familiar
“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, The Color Purple
“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”
Alice Walker
“It didn't take long to realize I didn't hardly know nothing. And that if you ast yourself why you black or a man or a woman or a bush it don't mean nothing if you don't ast why you here, period”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender”
Alice Walker
“The only way to solace anyone who loved you in life is to be a good memory”
Alice Walker, By The Light Of My Father's Smile
“What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmothers' time? In our great-grandmothers' day? It is an answer cruel enough to stop the blood.”
Alice Walker
“Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.”
Alice Walker
“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?”
Alice Walker
“Well, sometime Mr —— git on me pretty hard. I have to talk to Old Maker. But he my husband. I shrug my shoulders. This life soon be over, I say. Heaven last all ways.

You ought to bash Mr —— head open, she say. Think bout heaven later.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
“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
“Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. ”
Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
“I've found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing.”
Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
“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, The Temple Of My Familiar
“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
“Resistance is the secret of joy!”
Alice Walker


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