October 10, 2016

Alice Walker Quotes

“All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.”

“All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.”

“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.”

“Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.”

“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.”

“Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

“As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up.”

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”

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

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”

“For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.”

“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.”

“I don’t know nothing, I think. And glad of it.”

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”

“I think Africans are very much like white people back home, in that they think they are the center of the universe and that everything that is done is done for them.”

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it… 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.”

“I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.”

“I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t have.”

“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.”

“I’m pore, I’m black, I may be ugly and can’t cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I’m here.”

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.”

“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.”

“It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.”

“It seems our fate to be incorrect, and in our incorrectness stand.”

“It’s so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that’s what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.”

“Just because I don’t harass it like some peoples us know don’t mean I ain’t got religion.”

“Know what I’m thinking bout, I think. Nothing. And as much of it as I can.”

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”

“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.”

“Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.”

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

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

“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.”

“People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually, that people progress, but actually only some people progress. The rest of the people don’t.”

“Resistance is the secret of joy!”

“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. 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.”

“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.”

“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.”

“The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.”

“The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.”

“The good news may be that Nature is phasing out the white man, but the bad news is that’s who She thinks we all are.”

“The little I knew about my own self wouldn’t have filled a thimble!”

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

“The most important question in the world is, ‘Why is the child crying?”

“The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.”

“The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.”

“The sight of a Black nun strikes their sentimentality; and, as I am unalterably rooted in native ground, they consider me a work of primitive art, housed in a magical color; the incarnation of civilized, anti-heathenism, and the fruit of a triumphing idea.”

“The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn’t want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give em something. Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.”

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

“There are those who believe Black people possess the secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.”

“This life soon be over, I say. Heaven last all ways.”

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”

“To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.”

“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?”

“We know a roofleaf is not Jesus Christ, but in its own humble way, is it not God?”

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.”

“Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared.”

“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.”

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.”

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

“You better not never tell nobody but God.”