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And I don't believe you dead. How can you be dead if I still feel you? Maybe, like God, you changed into something different that I'll have to speak to in a different way, but you not dead to me Nettie. And never will you be. -- Alice Walker
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People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box, or they need to label you and fix you in time and location. -- Alice Walker
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She got a long pointed nose and big fleshy mouth. Lips look like black plum. Eyes big, glossy. Feverish. And mean. Like, sick as she is, if a snake cross her path, she kill it -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who love all the colors of all the human beings, as they love all the colors of the animals and plants; none of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them. -- Alice Walker
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Can anything be more boring than an upper-class Englishman? -- Alice Walker
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To grow, to become spiritually alive, and vibrant, you really have to struggle. Without struggle, you do not move at all ... I would appreciate it if readers who come to my work would try very, very, very hard not to think narrowly as we are taught to think in America. -- Alice Walker
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Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence. -- Alice Walker
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I feel peace with the world. -- Alice Walker
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If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows - pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music ... That would be so much cheaper than bombs. -- Alice Walker
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This was my first indication of the quality I feel is most characteristic of Zora's work: racial health; a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings, a sense that is lacking in so much black writing and literature. -- Alice Walker
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She look me over from head to foot. Then she cackle. Sound like a death rattle. You sure is ugly, she say, like she ain't believed it. -- Alice Walker
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She standing there looking me straight in the eye. She look tired and her jaws full of air.
I say it's cause I'm a fool, I say. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't.
What that? she say.
Fight. I say. -- Alice Walker
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Time moves slowly, but passes quickly. -- Alice Walker
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What's really hard is that you could care a lot for someone and not want to live with him anymore. -- Alice Walker
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No matter how hidden the cruelty, no matter how far off the screams of pain and terror, we live in one world. We are one people. -- Alice Walker
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At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost. -- Alice Walker
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We're asleep, said Suni. Just walking and talking, eating and shitting. Sound asleep.

And we have to be that way, of course, said Anne. It's the human equivalent of fallowness.

Spiritual hibernation, said Suni. -- Alice Walker
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Laughter isn't even the other side of tears. It is tears turned inside out. Truly the suffering is great, here on earth. We blunder along, shredded by our mistakes, bludgeoned by our faults. Not having a clue where the dark path leads us. But on the whole, we stumble along bravely, don't you think? -- Alice Walker
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She used to read to us without pity; forcing words, lies, other folks' habits, whole lives upon us two, sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her voice. She washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn't necessarily need to know. -- Alice Walker
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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.
-- Alice Walker
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No song or poem will bear my mother's name. Yet so many of the stories that I write, that we all write, are my mother's stories. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be as full as it is long. -- Alice Walker
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I am not interested in being a role model, or in fulfilling the expectations of others. I know I am of most use to others and to myself by being this unique self: Nature, I have noticed, is not particularly devoted to copies, and human beings needn't be either. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who lose their fear of death; theirs is the power to envision the future in a blade of grass. -- Alice Walker
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The long-term accommodation that protects marriage and other such relationships is ... forgetfulness. -- Alice Walker
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I am so happy. I got love, I got work, I got money, friends and time. -- Alice Walker
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First time I got the full sight of Shug Avery long black body with it black plum nipples, look like her mouth, I thought I had turned into a man -- Alice Walker
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You know Shug will fight, he say. Just like Sofia. She bound to live her life and be herself no matter what. -- Alice Walker
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What that song? I ast. Sound low down dirty to me. Like what the preacher tells you its sin to hear. Not to mention sing.
She hum a little more. Something come to me, she say. Something I made up. Something you help scratch out my head. -- Alice Walker
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I met Howard Zinn in 1961, my first year at Spelman College in Atlanta. He was the tall, rangy, good-looking professor that many of the girls at Spelman swooned over. -- Alice Walker
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The only way to solace anyone who loved you in life is to be a good memory -- Alice Walker
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It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how I come to know trees fear man. -- Alice Walker
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As others might prepare for an exam whose subject matter is unknown to them, so I must study, cram, for every conversation with my folks. -- Alice Walker
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One crying child is the rotten apple in the barrel of the tribe! -- Alice Walker
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The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?' -- Alice Walker
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I think there is a sense of being forced at this time to look at America's really large shadow and that's not all that bad. -- Alice Walker
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They say he "hit a square" while flying his small aircraft; a situation in which it is impossible to tell up from down or earth from sky and that he lost his way. -- Alice Walker
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How we come into this world, how we are ushered in, met, and hopefully embraced upon arrival, impacts the whole of our time on earth. -- Alice Walker
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He say, Celie, tell me the truth. You don't like me cause I'm a man?
I blow my nose. take off they pants, I say, and men look like frogs to me. No matter how you kiss 'em, as far as I'm concern, frogs is what they stay. -- Alice Walker
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Writing permits me to be more than I am. Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations. -- Alice Walker
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Shug say, What, too shamefaced to put singing and dancing and fucking together? She laugh. That's the reason they call what us sing the devil's music. Devils love to fuck. -- Alice Walker
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Animals were not made for us, or our use. They have their own use, which is just being who they are. -- Alice Walker
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A writer's heart, a poet's heart, an artist's heart, a musician's heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world ... -- Alice Walker
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I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. -- Alice Walker
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Decide that you know what you think is good for you and go ahead and do it. -- Alice Walker
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People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools. -- Alice Walker
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I have a collective sense of suffering. -- Alice Walker
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I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the U.S. to cease acting as if they don't understand what is going on. -- Alice Walker
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Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly. -- Alice Walker
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For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn't poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse. -- Alice Walker
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I have never felt that the one thing that I am 'known for' is what I am. -- Alice Walker
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Why aren't you happy in America, if everyone there drives motorcars? -- Alice Walker
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I have the uncanny feeling that, just at the end of my life, I am beginning to reinhabit completely the body I long ago left. -- Alice Walker
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There was a saying among the Mundo: It takes only one lie to unravel the world. -- Alice Walker
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I dead parting from them because in the short time we've been together they've been like family to me. Like family might have been, I mean. -- Alice Walker
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It is as if my self is hiding behind an iron door. -- Alice Walker
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Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities. -- Alice Walker
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Tashi knows she is learning a way of life she will never live. -- Alice Walker
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All her young life she has tried to please her father, never quite realizing that, as a girl, she never could. -- Alice Walker
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Many readers fail to realize this, but 'The Color Purple' is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one's original God: the earth and nature. -- Alice Walker
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Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities. -- Alice Walker
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Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. -- Alice Walker
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Fear is real, but so is love. -- Alice Walker
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It's an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important ... and to feel that you're being published by people who really don't get it and/or don't really care. -- Alice Walker
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I can easily imagine Obama sitting down and talking to any leader - or any person - in the world, with no baggage of past servitude or race supremacy to mar their talks. -- Alice Walker
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Sometimes I feel mad at her. Feel like I could scratch her hair right off her head. But then I think, Shug got a right to live too. She got a right to look over the world in whatever company she choose. Just cause I love her don't take none of her rights. -- Alice Walker
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I don't call myself a Buddhist. I'm a free spirit. I believe I'm here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that's my religion. -- Alice Walker
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I start each book when it's ready and never before. -- Alice Walker
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The colonizing mind invites itself wherever it wishes to intrude; it is a worthwhile practice for the coming millennium to train ourselves away from such a mind. -- Alice Walker
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Anyhow, I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other mens I know. Trifling, forgitful, and lowdown. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Whenever I met someone who seemed to know a lot about a subject, and who evinced, moreover, a certain happiness in his or her being, and if I were interested in the subject, I asked to be taught what they knew. -- Alice Walker
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I am not convinced that men and women were ever meant to share the same house, though some people can do it beautifully. -- Alice Walker
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My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father's head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap. -- Alice Walker
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I love his dear eyes in which the vulnerability and beauty of his soul can be plainly read. -- Alice Walker
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Peace: the fruit of justice done especially to the Self. -- Alice Walker
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My interest in creating anything is that it be useful. -- Alice Walker
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June a good time to go off into the world -- Alice Walker
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Loving humans
means
writing poems & songs
novels & plays, slogans, chants
& protest signs
our critics
want
to stone
us for
while
we think of
them
as people
under different
circumstances
we might
be able
to help -- Alice Walker
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I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can't do that, once every two months or every four months. -- Alice Walker
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The world was almost at the point of forgetting what a fine time people can have helping one another. That people like to work together and to kick back after work and share their experiences. What would happen if our foreign policy centered on the cultivation of joy rather than pain? she thought. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who laugh with a pure heart; theirs will be the company of the jolly righteous. -- Alice Walker
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This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy. -- Alice Walker
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I never dreamed I would so enjoy having a father. It is like having another interesting mind, somewhat similar to your own but also strangely different, to rummage through. -- Alice Walker
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Once us feel loved by God, us do the best us can to please him with what us like. -- Alice Walker
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She did not see why anyone should worry about her soul, even the people she marched with. "When it gives me trouble," she'd sneer, "I'll call y'all. -- Alice Walker
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The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom
Rebellious. Living.
Against the Elemental Crush.
A Song of Color
Blooming
For Deserving Eyes.
Blooming Gloriously
For its Self. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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There is a special grief felt by the children and grandchildren of those who were forbidden to read, forbidden to question or to know. -- Alice Walker
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You know a little drink now and then never hurt nobody, but when you can't git started without asking the bottle, you in trouble. -- Alice Walker
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Freedom, after all, is like love: the more you give to others, the more you have. -- Alice Walker
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Without money of one's own in a capitalist society, there is no such thing as independence. -- Alice Walker
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She thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand, that "no" is a word the world never learned to say to her. -- Alice Walker
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This is the true wine of astonishment: We are not over when we think we are. -- Alice Walker
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If you was my wife, she say, I'd cover you up with kisses stead of licks, and work hard for you too. -- Alice Walker
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I'm not convinced that women have the education or the sense of their own history enough or that they understand the cruelty of which men are capable and the delight that many men will take in seeing you choose to chain yourself - then they get to say 'See, you did it yourself.' -- Alice Walker
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The mysterious inner life that she had imagined gave them a secret joy was simply a full knowledge of the fact that they were dead, living just enough for their children. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Even now, I find that no matter what has happened, I still have that trust. I have a lot of trust, that people can be better than they are. -- Alice Walker
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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -- Alice Walker
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Whoever he is, he is not worth all this.
And I will never
unclench my teeth long enough
to tell him so. -- Alice Walker
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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
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The years have come and gone without a single word from you. Only the sky above us do we hold in common. I look at it often as if, somehow, reflected from its immensities, I will one day find myself gazing into your eyes. -- Alice Walker
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Young womens no good these days, he say. Got they legs open to every Tom, Dick and Harry. -- Alice Walker
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Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry. -- Alice Walker
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Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. -- Alice Walker
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Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it. -- Alice Walker
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We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. -- Alice Walker
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The brilliance of enslaving the spirit is that it is an invisible prison from which the inmate appears to derive some comfort. -- Alice Walker
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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
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And there was no entertainment for them at night. They were too poor to own a television set. But they seemed content. Truman with his sculpting and building the recreation center. Lynne writing poems occasionally, reading them to her friends, then tearing them up. -- Alice Walker
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It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multi-branched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel's attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land. -- Alice Walker
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In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you've become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that's the height of intelligence. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Long as I can spell G-o-d I got somebody along. -- Alice Walker
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Because he understood very well what was making her sick. For the first time in her life she had fallen in love at the same time that she had the experience necessary to know it would never work out. -- Alice Walker
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The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves. -- Alice Walker
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They be marching hand in hand, like going to war. -- Alice Walker
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Love is big; love can hold anger, love can even hold hatred. It's about the intention of what you want it to do. -- Alice Walker
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When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they'd always known - the plantations - because they attempted to exercise their 'democratic' right to vote. -- Alice Walker
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Even as I hold you, I am letting you go. -- Alice Walker
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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
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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
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It must become a right of every person to die of old age. And if we secure this right for ourselves, we can, coincidentally, assure it for the planet. -- Alice Walker
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It's essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can't really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself. -- Alice Walker
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War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn't surprise us. All those bombs going off, all those rockets, all those planes and helicopters. All that fuel of various kinds being used. It pollutes the air and water of this very fragile and interconnected planet. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I see children, all children, as humanity's most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left. -- Alice Walker
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Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet. -- Alice Walker
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Activism is my rent for living on the planet. -- Alice Walker
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I think that indigenous women's wisdom is crucial. So much of the care of the Earth has come from the mothers. I think it's imperative we turn to their wisdom in how to take care of the planet. -- Alice Walker
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Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those whose ever act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child. -- Alice Walker
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Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you're just going to keep buying and selling things until there's nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet. -- Alice Walker
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Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. -- Alice Walker
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Books became my world because the world I was in was very hard. -- Alice Walker
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I think of the meaning of the word "testimony." Originally it named the custom of two men holding each other's testicles in a gesture of trust, later to metamorphose into the handshake. -- Alice Walker
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Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be. -- Alice Walker
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I'm not being disrespectful of the medium; it's just not as important as the work that I actually do [books]. -- Alice Walker
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Tea to the English is really picnic indoors. Plenty of sandwiches and cookies and of course hot tea. We all used the same cups and plates. (Walker 2000: 116) -- Alice Walker
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He beat me like he beat the children. Cept he don't never hardly beat them. He say, Celie, git the belt. The children be outside the room peeking through the cracks. It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood. I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how come I know trees fear man. -- Alice Walker
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For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended. -- Alice Walker
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She saw poetry where other writers merely saw failure to cope with English. -- Alice Walker
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If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. -- Alice Walker
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she say her head feel like its full of little white men with hammers. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. Dear God. -- Alice Walker
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I think that all people who feel that there is injustice in the world anywhere should learn as much of it as they can bear. That is our duty. -- Alice Walker
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You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don't accept it, it's their loss. -- Alice Walker
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I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing. -- Alice Walker
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Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want. -- Alice Walker
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I write not only what I want to read ... I write all the things I should have been able to read. -- Alice Walker
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I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it. -- Alice Walker
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Susannah was glad that, on principle, she rarely listened to men. Rarely believed, really, a word they said. No matter how much she might love them. -- Alice Walker
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I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, 'black feminist' does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it's just ... womanish. -- Alice Walker
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I could get no further. There was a boulder lodged in my throat. My heart surged pitifully. I knew what the boulder was; that it was a word; and that behind that word I would find my earliest emotions. Emotions that had frightened me insane. -- Alice Walker
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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
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There was no sympathy for struggle that ended in defeat. Which meant there was no sympathy for struggle itself - only for winning. -- Alice Walker
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But what was good tween us must have been nothing but bodies, she say. Cause I don't know the Albert that don't dance, can't hardly laugh, never talk bout nothing, beat you and hid your sister Nettie's letters. Who he? -- Alice Walker
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Writing about people helps us to understand them, and understanding them helps us to accept them as part of ourselves. -- Alice Walker
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Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us. -- Alice Walker
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Why you like this, huh? Why you always think you have to do things your own way? I ast your mama bout it one time, while you was in jail.
What she say? ast Sofia.
She say you think your way as good as anybody else's. Plus, it yours.
Sofia laugh. -- Alice Walker
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My parents taught me service - not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family. -- Alice Walker
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Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. -- Alice Walker
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I do not grieve in the abstract, but in the heart. -- Alice Walker
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Dear God ... I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me. -- Alice Walker
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Can you handle it? ast Shug. How I'm gon keep from killing him, I say. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Progress' affects few. Only revolution can affect many. -- Alice Walker
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One of the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement is that when you travel through the South today, you do not feel overwhelmed by a residue of grievance and hate. -- Alice Walker
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Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement. -- Alice Walker
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If a person is hit hard enough, even if she stands, she falls. -- Alice Walker
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Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Dear Nettie, I don't write to God no more, I write to you. -- Alice Walker
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A grown child is a dangerous thing. -- Alice Walker
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It's so important to unclutter the mind. For me, creativity is greatly impeded just by the chatter and visual clutter of life. It's really important to have a space that is really clear for whatever is emerging to come. -- Alice Walker
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I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know. -- Alice Walker
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You can't truly have an open heart until it's been broken. -- Alice Walker
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I continue to care for President Obama and for his family. I think that in many ways they are very courageous people, and I honor that, because I know what it means to live as a black person in a racist America. -- Alice Walker
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What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears. -- Alice Walker
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He beat me when you not here, I say.
Who do, she say, Albert?
Mr , I say.
I can't believe it, she say. She sit down on the bench next to me real hard, like she drop.
What he beat you for? she ast.
For being me and not you. -- Alice Walker
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You think you can avoid [pain,] but you actually can't. If you do, you just get sicker, or you feel more pain. But if you can speak it, if you can write it, if you can paint it, it is very healing. -- Alice Walker
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So many killings of black men in my lifetime. The physical shock is astounding. -- Alice Walker
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I started writing as a child. But I didn't think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something - no, maybe junior - and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book. -- Alice Walker
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(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
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It's better to have your blackness taken away than to stand there and lie about who you actually are. That's the trap. -- Alice Walker
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I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe. -- Alice Walker
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Every soul is to be cherished, every flower is to bloom. -- Alice Walker
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One good thing bout the way he never do any work round the place, us never miss him when he gone. -- Alice Walker
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A little love, a little buckshot, that's how I'd say handle yourself. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I'm very disappointed in Obama. I was very much in support of him in the beginning, but I cannot support war. I cannot support droning. I cannot support capitulating to the banks. -- Alice Walker
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I recognized myself in Jane Eyre. It amazes me how many white people can't read themselves in black characters. I didn't feel any separation between me and Jane. We were tight. -- Alice Walker
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I'm still living at least five parallel lives, honestly! I wonder about it. I have no idea how that happens. -- Alice Walker
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Whenever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. I have been helped, supported, encouraged and nurtured by people of all races, creeds, colors and dreams. -- Alice Walker
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I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe. -- Alice Walker
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Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything. -- Alice Walker
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Part of my ancestry is Cherokee. And in that tradition, you become an adult when you're 52. -- Alice Walker
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My writing is very organic. It's what I am. My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig. So I think of it as something that's very essential to my being. -- Alice Walker
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So the best thing is to really work on yourself and opening your own heart and just letting all that stuff [worrying] go. And it is possible. It's sometimes takes a lot of time; it's not easy. And a lot of sitting with yourself and trying to work with your own heart. -- Alice Walker
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I think Americans generally are not used to working very hard, in terms of working for the collective. I think in our country we have taken individualism to its farthest reaches, possibly. -- Alice Walker
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I prefer to praise people and the world rather than criticize them and it. -- Alice Walker
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Do you know what O'Keefe Says about blue? he asked her, blowing out a cloud of smoke, warming to her voice, though he did not remember her face clearly from the opening night's exhibition.
What?
That it is the color that will remain after everything is destroyed. -- Alice Walker
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My family was a poor farming family, and we lived under absolute segregation. -- Alice Walker
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- Always with me was the inner twin: my true nature, my true self. It is timeless, free, compassionate and in love with whatever is natural to me.- -- Alice Walker
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It's a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they're different. It's very limiting. -- Alice Walker
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In nature, nothing is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they're still beautiful. -- Alice Walker
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If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind. -- Alice Walker
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In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Shug Avery sat up in bed a little today. I wash and comb out her hair. She got the nottiest, shortest, kinkiest hair I ever saw, and I loves every strand of it. -- Alice Walker
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Some people think politeness is an invitation to invade. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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You bring children into the world. You love them with heart and soul. -- Alice Walker
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On entering a place where animals are bred, my first thoughts are always about enslavement. Force. Captivity. -- Alice Walker
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We will be ourselves and free, or die in the attempt. Harriet Tubman was not our great-grandmother for nothing. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred. -- Alice Walker
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Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they've had forever. And they've been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power. -- Alice Walker
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Be an outcast. Be pleased to walk alone. -- Alice Walker
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Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love. -- Alice Walker
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Anything we love can be saved. -- Alice Walker
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We do not admire their president.
We know why the White House is white.
We do not find their children irresistible;
We do not agree they should inherit the earth. -- Alice Walker
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In order to be able to live at all in America I must be unafraid to live anywhere in it, and I must be able to live in the fashion and with whom I choose. -- Alice Walker
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One thing that never ceases to amaze me, along with the growth of vegetation from the earth and of hair from the head, is the growth of understanding. -- Alice Walker
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I don't feel I've had a decent critic ever on the East coast. -- Alice Walker
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I know what I'm thinking bout, I think. Nothing. And as much of it as I can. -- Alice Walker
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Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin. -- Alice Walker
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It's not possible to stop love. -- Alice Walker
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What gardening teaches us is that if you plant things, they'll come up. But you have to be willing to wait for them to bear fruit because things are seasonal. -- Alice Walker
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Curiosity is my natural state and has led me headlong into every worthwhile experience (never mind the others) I have ever had. -- Alice Walker
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Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. -- Alice Walker
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We recall that to the Cherokee, as to other people who have noticed how long it sometimes takes for humans to develop fully, adulthood comes
if it is coming at all
at the age of fifty-two. -- Alice Walker
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I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do. -- Alice Walker
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For me, writing has always come out of living a fairly to-the-bone kind of life, just really being present to a lot of life. The writing has been really a byproduct of that. -- Alice Walker
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I feel very happy to be living in Berkeley because there are a lot of people who are politically active here. -- Alice Walker
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Sofia the kind of woman no matter what she have in her hand she make it look like a weapon. -- Alice Walker
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When I was a child I read books for entertainment and information; I now think of books as lifeboats. -- Alice Walker
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Part of what confuses people in times of upheaval is that you're getting so many different points of view and directions and so and so, how to do this and do that. And a lot of it is written in a language that honestly most people cannot understand. -- Alice Walker
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Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. -- Alice Walker
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My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me. -- Alice Walker
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What is
a promise
if
not
your
hand
in mine? -- Alice Walker
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I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love. -- Alice Walker
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We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone. -- Alice Walker
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Love likes to extend itself. If you receive it in a book - or however you get it - then your duty is to extend it beyond. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who find the courage to do at least one small thing each day to help the existence of another - plant, animal, river, or human being. They shall be joined by a multitude of the timid. H -- Alice Walker
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I've always felt quite singular, even as a child. That I must stay on track to keep my purpose. -- Alice Walker
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America is America. It's a capitalist system. They [leaders] have enshrined that belief that profit matters more than anything else. The polarization of the society is just the resurfacing of that. -- Alice Walker
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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. Shug a beautiful something, -- Alice Walker
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Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly. -- Alice Walker
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I think colors are miraculous. We live in a universe that is extremely creative and magical. We become happier as we appreciate these things in nature. -- Alice Walker
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Artists are messengers whose responsibility is to unite the world
a faith that will lead not to destruction but to transformation. -- Alice Walker
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The life of my people is to remember forever; each head granary is full. The life of your people is to forget: your thing granaries ("museums"), and not yourselves, are full. -- Alice Walker
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I wanted in my lifetime to vote for a radical Native American woman, since my vision of any future that we might have is that it will be led by women and older women. -- Alice Walker
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But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive. -- Alice Walker
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Hard to be Christ too, say Shug. But he manage. Remember that. Thou Shalt Not Kill, He said. And probably wanted to add on to that, Starting with me. He knowed the fools he was dealing with. -- Alice Walker
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You really can't be a good artist if you can't say what you really feel. And people may be offended, but, you know, that's how you feel, and that is your right, and that is your gift as well. -- Alice Walker
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And I thank God let me gain understanding enough to know love can't be halted just cause some peoples moan and groan. P.238 -- Alice Walker
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Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let 'em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do better than a good sound beating. (Walker 2000: 34) -- Alice Walker
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Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate. -- Alice Walker
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{T}here is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity. -- Alice Walker
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Choose
someone
to love
who
wouldn't even
hear
of it. -- Alice Walker
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There could be no happy community in which there was one unhappy child. -- Alice Walker
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No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world. -- Alice Walker
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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
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From paradise to paradise I go sweeping; collecting rocks & views; owning nothing but what I feel. -- Alice Walker
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breaking the heart opens it. -- Alice Walker
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Healing cannot be done by settling a score. -- 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
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I just think cities are unnatural, basically. I know there are people who live happily in them, and I have cities that I love, too. But it's a disaster that we have moved so far from nature. -- Alice Walker
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There is so much we don't understand. And so much unhappiness that comes because of that. -- Alice Walker
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My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. -- Alice Walker
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Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it's a good place that we're all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it. -- Alice Walker
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I've found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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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
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HELPED are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity. -- Alice Walker
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I can't fix my mouth to say how I feel. -- Alice Walker
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But it ain't easy, trying to do without God even if you know he ain't there, trying to do without him is a strain -- Alice Walker
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A good model of how to 'work with the enemy' internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. -- Alice Walker
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Writing poems is my way of celebrating with the world that I have not committed suicide the evening before. -- Alice Walker
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Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. -- Alice Walker
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As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartednes s. -- Alice Walker
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Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also. -- Alice Walker
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You can love yourself spiritually, physically-in almost any way that anybody else can. -- Alice Walker
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She look so stylish it like the trees all round the house draw themself up tall for a better look. -- Alice Walker
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Only dead people need loud music, you know. -- Alice Walker
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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
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My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities ... and the will to grasp them. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I don't know if you actually get something out of writing poetry. I think poetry is an autonomous muse that decides to come and sit on your couch. -- Alice Walker
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I know black people love the idea that we finally have a beautiful, good-looking black president. But if he is doing awful things to us, we should wake up. -- Alice Walker
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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. -- Alice Walker
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As you know from school, it's when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you've done your best. -- Alice Walker
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It always making little surprises and springing them on us when us least expect. -- Alice Walker
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I see myself in all the people in the world who are suffering and who are very badly treated and who are often made to feel that they have no place on this Earth. -- Alice Walker
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Trying to chase that old white man out of my head. I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothing God make. Not a blade of corn (how it do that?) not the color purple (where it come from?). Not the little wildflowers. Nothing. -- Alice Walker
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How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed? -- Alice Walker
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As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. -- Alice Walker
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Horses make a landscape look beautiful. -- Alice Walker
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I can spend two hours grubbing about in my garden, dazed with pleasure and intent, and it feels like five minutes. -- Alice Walker
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It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put - without delay, and with tenderness - back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try. -- Alice Walker
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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
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There is a way that the men speak to women that reminds me too much of Pa. They listen just long enough to issue instructions. They don't even look at women when women are speaking. They look at the ground and bend their heads toward the ground. -- Alice Walker
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Revolt is the mirror in which greed is forced to see itself. -- Alice Walker
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The end
is coming
yesterday
it was
here
too. -- Alice Walker
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Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home. -- Alice Walker
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We do it because we care. We care that Vincent Van Gogh mutilated his ear. We care that behind a pile of manure in the yard he destroyed his life. We care that Scott Joplin's music lives! We care because we know this: the life we save is our own. -- Alice Walker
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First time I think about the world.
What the world got to do with anything, I think. Then I see myself sitting there quilting tween Shug Avery and Mr - - . Us three set together gainst Tobias and his fly speck box of chocolate. For the first time in my life, I feel just right. -- Alice Walker
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Just cause I love her don't take away none of her rights. -- Alice Walker
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It is this broken road with pitfalls and sharp turns and unexpected traverses that has brought me joy and adventure. -- Alice Walker
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Many people are aware that we are in peril and that there is no trustworthy leadership. -- Alice Walker
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Everything is already perfect. And if you can accept that everything is already perfect, the imperfection is a part of the perfection. What's to worry about? -- Alice Walker
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I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!' -- Alice Walker
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They were assumed, like women and cats, to have no souls. -- Alice Walker
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In truth, it made me pity him, and see him as a fool. -- Alice Walker
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For instance: scorpions, vipers, and yellow jackets in paradise? How to accept gracefully the part of GOD that stings! -- Alice Walker
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Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. -- Alice Walker
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How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names. -- Alice Walker
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I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro - that's the Scotch-Irish part. -- Alice Walker
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If you deny people their own voice, you'll have no idea of who they were. -- Alice Walker
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I believe that the truth of any subject only comes when all sides of the story are put together. -- Alice Walker
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Before I embark on any new venture, I ask myself: will the joy of doing this make me lose track of any concern for time? If the answer is yes, I proceed! -- Alice Walker
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All he think about since us married is how to make me mind. He don't want a wife, he want a dog. (Walker 2000: 58) -- Alice Walker
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From infancy, I have relied on the fiercely sweet spirits of black men; and this is abundantly clear in my work. -- Alice Walker
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Hope to sin only in the service of waking up. -- Alice Walker
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I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing. -- Alice Walker
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What a burden to think one is conceived in sin rather than in pleasure; that one is born into evil rather than into joy. -- Alice Walker
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I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have. -- Alice Walker
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The harm that you do to others is the harm that you do to yourself and you cannot think then that you can cause wars in other parts of the world and destroy people and drone them without this having a terrible impact on your own soul and your own consciousness. -- Alice Walker
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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. -- Alice Walker
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We are a people. 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
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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
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Healing begins where the wound was made. -- Alice Walker
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It is the need to be remembered that has caused most of the trouble in the world, -- Alice Walker
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In a way, no matter who's in charge of the corporation that the United States is, the direction in which it is taken seems to be inexorable. So, you just get the job of being the front man for four or eight years. Now, most people realize that's what you are. -- Alice Walker
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Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. -- Alice Walker
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She look like she ain't long for this world but dressed well for the next. -- Alice Walker
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Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us. -- Alice Walker
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I don't generally read reviews. -- Alice Walker
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I think many people in my community had very different kinds of mothers: they had mothers who acquiesced in the system of male and white-supremacist domination, and my mother never did. She just could not do it. It just wasn't in her. -- Alice Walker
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All these faces look happy enough, say Shug. Big and beefy. Eyes clear and innocent, like they don't know them other crooks on the front page. But they the same folks, she say. -- Alice Walker
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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
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In my opinion and experience, imperialists of all nations and races will tell us anything to keep us fighting. For them. -- Alice Walker
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Sucking up to the biggies won't get us anywhere. -- Alice Walker
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Poetry, I have discovered, is always unexpected and always as faithful and honest as dreams. -- Alice Walker
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David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X. -- Alice Walker
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Because
you rubbed
my shoulder
last night
a poem
traveled down
my arm. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I love the women's movement, and I never thought of it as belonging to any particular segment of the population. -- Alice Walker
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You know, one race will not be a survivor if the other one dies, and that's something that we should think about. -- Alice Walker
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It is important to remember yourself. -- Alice Walker
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I just feel that 'The Color Purple,' which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors. -- Alice Walker
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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
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We've never seen weather like the weather there is today. We've never seen violence like the violence we see today. We've never seen greed or evil like the greed and evil we see today. We've never seen tomatoes either, like the ones being created today. There is much from which to recoil. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I'm for women choosing whatever they want to do but they have to really know what they are doing. -- Alice Walker
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I'm not lesbian; I'm not bisexual; I'm not straight. I'm just curious. -- Alice Walker
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Most damage that others do us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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All womens not alike, Tobias, she say. Believe it or not.
Oh, I believe it, he say. Just can't prove it to the world. -- Alice Walker
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I never talk about my next project. -- Alice Walker
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I'm mad about the waste that happens when people who love each other can't even bring themselves to talk. -- Alice Walker
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It has been proved that the land can exist without the country - and be better for it; it has not been proved that the country can live without the land. -- Alice Walker
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Human animals and nonhuman animals can communicate quite well; if we are brought up around animals as children we take this for granted. By the time we are adults we no longer remember. -- Alice Walker
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The crushed
teapot
in
the rubbish
of the
bulldozed
house
will sing
in your
ears
forever. -- Alice Walker
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The mountain of despair has dwindled, and the stone of hope has size and shape, and can be fondled by the eyes and by the hand. But freedom has always been an elusive tease, and in the very act of grabbing for it one can become shackled. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Creation is a sustained period of bliss, even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there's the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it. You didn't do it the way somebody told you to do it. -- Alice Walker
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The forest is the first cathedral. I felt that from the time I was a child. I credit my mother with that. I used to think it came from her Native-American side. Whichever it was, she instinctively connected with nature, and taught me that. -- Alice Walker
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Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams. -- Alice Walker
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Women have to summon courage to fulfill dormant dreams. -- Alice Walker
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I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions
those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable. -- Alice Walker
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And to me, wildness means following the growth of love. Like a plant reaching through stone toward the sun- -- Alice Walker
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They think they can kill a continent - people, trees, buffalo - and then fly off to the moon and just forget about it. But you and me we're going to remember the people, the trees and the fucking buffalo. Goddammit. -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for peace; on them depends the future of the world. -- Alice Walker
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My heart hurt so much I can't believe it. How can it keep beating, feeling like this? -- Alice Walker
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HELPED are those who are shown the existence of the Creator's magic in the Universe; they shall experience delight and astonishment without ceasing. -- Alice Walker
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We should learn to accept that change is truly the only thing that's going on always, and learn to ride with it and enjoy it. -- Alice Walker
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One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe. -- Alice Walker
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We all have to start somewhere if us want to do better, an d out of self is what us have to hand -- Alice Walker
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What you hope for, you also fear. -- Alice Walker
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Every stitch i sew will be a kiss. -- Alice Walker
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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
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It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing. -- Alice Walker
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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
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We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier. -- Alice Walker
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Perhaps this is simply the way it is with writers. It's when they don't see you that you matter. Because then you can belong to them in a way that permits them complete possession. You are determined by them. You are controlled. You are, generally speaking, exaggerated. -- Alice Walker
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It is natural to want to have a future. -- Alice Walker
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His little whistle sound like it lost way down a jar, and the jar in the bottom of the creek. P. 64 -- Alice Walker
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Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge. -- Alice Walker
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Whoever you are, whatever you are, start with that, whether salt of the earth or only white sugar. -- Alice Walker
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The more I wonder, the more I love. -- Alice Walker
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Just because I don't harass it like some peoples us know don't mean I ain't got religion. -- Alice Walker
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The dropping of bombs on people - isn't that terrorism? -- Alice Walker
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I would have thought that a book that begins "Dear God" would immediately have been identified as a book about the desire to encounter, to hear from, the Ultimate Ancestor. Perhaps it is a sign of our times that this was infrequently the case. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Artists have a responsibility to speak and to act when governments fail, and if we don't do that, we really deserve the world we get. -- Alice Walker
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I could never live happily in Africa-or anywhere else-until I could live freely in Mississippi. -- Alice Walker
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I realized I was a country person - I'm just not used to small spaces. -- Alice Walker
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In the far upper corner of my altar is a photo of Joan Crawford in her most fierce Mommy Dearest mode, just to remind me of some of the cost of everyone's hard-earned sweetness and light. -- Alice Walker
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I made my first white women friends in college; they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered. -- Alice Walker
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In every life there comes a point when you have to make a decision about how you will live. -- Alice Walker
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Her senior thesis was based on the notion that no one should be allowed to own more land than could be worked in a day, by hand. -- Alice Walker
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I consider the fact that thousands of children die each day from starvation and a lack of medicine a crisis for humanity and a problem we must collectively attempt to solve. -- Alice Walker
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Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart. -- Alice Walker
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Do not
be
like
cows
grazing
watching
the
butcher. -- Alice Walker
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The world has changed: it did not change without your prayers without your faith without your determination to believe in liberation and kindness; without your dancing through the years that had no beat. -- Alice Walker
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Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books. -- Alice Walker
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World wars have been fought and lost; for every war is against the world and every war against the world is lost. -- Alice Walker
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Sighing, Irene said, Why is it that we can love so much that which only makes us cry?
Susannah thought for only a moment, and then, with certainty, she said: Because it is that which calls us home to the heart. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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She sicker than my mama was when she die. But she more evil than my mama and that keep her alive. -- Alice Walker
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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
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War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. -- Alice Walker
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Listen, God loves everything you love, and a mess of stuff you don't. -- Alice Walker
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The infinite faith I have in people's ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified, finally, by their behavior. -- Alice Walker
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In the summer of 1966, I went to Mississippi to be in the heart of the civil-rights movement, helping people who had been thrown off the farms or taken off the welfare roles for registering to vote. While working there, I met the civil-rights lawyer I later married - we became an interracial couple. -- Alice Walker
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Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft. -- Alice Walker
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Part of our tradition as black women is that we are universalists. Black children, yellow children, red children, brown children, that is the black woman's normal, day-to-day relationship. In my family alone, we are about four different colors. -- Alice Walker
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Because I know. Grown-up white men don't want to pretend to be anything else. Not even for a minute. -- Alice Walker
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Drew Dellinger is a deep and courageous poet. How lucky we are! -- Alice Walker
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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
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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. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored -- Alice Walker
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You don't really stay attached to things. Life goes on, so you don't really sit around and think about how they are relevant to other people. You hope that whatever you create will be relevant. -- Alice Walker
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Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me. -- Alice Walker
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The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. -- Alice Walker
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I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. -- Alice Walker
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I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly. -- Alice Walker
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Everything want to be loved. -- Alice Walker
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I think war is so incredibly backward, and I don't think it's intelligent, and it's not sane. So why would you want to support it? -- Alice Walker
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Why should the killers of the world be "the future" and not us? -- Alice Walker
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I love the natural world - it comes from my culture, which grew out of a people enslaved. -- Alice Walker
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Why any woman give a shit what people think is a mystery to me. -- Alice Walker
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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
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There is no graceful way to carry hatred. -- Alice Walker
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The artist ... is the voice of the people. -- Alice Walker
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Resistance is the secret of joy! -- Alice Walker
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When we
have changed
everything
we will eat
congratulations
with
our tea. -- Alice Walker
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I don't know nothing, I think. And glad of it. -- Alice Walker
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If she come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. -- Alice Walker
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The Lord don't like ugly, she say. And he ain't stuck on pretty. -- Alice Walker
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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
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My work is about my life, and what I want to do with it. -- Alice Walker
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Not everyone's life is what they make it. Some people's life is what other people make it. -- Alice Walker
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Until you do right by me, I say, everything you even dream about will fail. -- Alice Walker
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I deeply regret any harm, or any perceived harm, that I may have done to anyone by any behaviour of mine. -- Alice Walker
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I'm the most stubborn person I know. -- Alice Walker
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Being happy is not the only happiness. -- Alice Walker
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There's something in all of us that wants a medal for what we have done. That wants to be appreciated. -- Alice Walker
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And one of the most serious things for me has been the understanding that the Universe is not that interested in punishing us. Every move we make is simply part of its reflection. -- Alice Walker
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Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God. -- Alice Walker
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There's an ecstatic side to writing. It's like jazz. It just has a life. -- Alice Walker
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Criticism is painful when it's not done with love. -- Alice Walker
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My heart must be young and fresh though, it feel like it blooming blood. -- Alice Walker
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My God is not a religious God. My God is nature, my God is everything there is. That's God. Everything is God. I'm a child of that. -- Alice Walker
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How anyone cannot see that Nature is God is amazing to me: that they'd rather worship something that can only exist, really, in their own minds. -- Alice Walker
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I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life. -- Alice Walker
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Let 'im hear me, I say. If he ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place, I can tell you. -- Alice Walker
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He never says anything off the top of his head -- Alice Walker
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But if by some miracle and all our struggle, the earth is spared, only justice to every living being will save humankind. -- Alice Walker
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Once you feel loved by the universe, you're already accepted, and you're not really concerned about offending people. -- Alice Walker
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People who work hard often work too hard ... May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms. -- Alice Walker
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'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. -- Alice Walker
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Allowing freedom to others brings freedom to ourselves. -- Alice Walker
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I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. -- Alice Walker
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No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. -- Alice Walker
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Not only will your teachers appear, but they will cook new foods for you. -- Alice Walker
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A burnt finger remember the fire. -- Alice Walker
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Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof. -- Alice Walker
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The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men -- Alice Walker
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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
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Her eyes serious tho. Sad some. -- Alice Walker
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We'll, you know how nigger is. Can't nobody tell 'em nothing even today. Can't be rule. Every nigger you see got a kingdom in his head. -- Alice Walker
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You must run around like a crazy person or walk sedately honoring the dead. -- Alice Walker
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I started out as a poet. I've always been a poet since I was 7 or 8. And so I feel myself to be fundamentally a poet who got into writing novels. -- Alice Walker
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The protection of evil must be the most self-destructive job. -- Alice Walker
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There because of her brilliance but only tolerated because it was clear she was one, too, on whom true Ladyhood would never be conferred. -- Alice Walker
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Can people who hunger so desperately for what other people have ever have enough? -- Alice Walker
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Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance. -- Alice Walker
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Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk? -- Alice Walker
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Two old fools left over from love -- Alice Walker
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I think America has always been polarized. -- Alice Walker
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Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved. -- Alice Walker
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Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. -- Alice Walker
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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
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In search of my mother's garden, I found my own. -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. -- Alice Walker
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Happiness was just a trick in your case. -- Alice Walker
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We writers - we're the snowflakes of the literary world. We each have our own shape. -- Alice Walker
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She say, Nothing but death can keep me from it. She never write. -- Alice Walker
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Our mothers and grandmothers ... moving to music not yet written. -- Alice Walker
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People really had a problem with my disinterest in submission. They had a problem with my intellect, and they had a problem with my choice of lovers. They had a problem with my choice of everything. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I don't know if I've ever cared much what others think. -- Alice Walker
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I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it's almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves. -- Alice Walker
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I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like ... you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life. -- Alice Walker
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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
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I gave my archive to Emory University because there's a really dear friend who teaches there, Rudolph Byrd, and he's the editor. -- Alice Walker
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You don't always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that's plenty. -- Alice Walker
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I was distressed that after 9/11, when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the United States' response was to attack Afghanistan, where some of the terrorists had been. -- Alice Walker
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To know is to exist; to exist is to be involved, to move about, to see the world with my own eyes. -- Alice Walker
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What I am really interested in is that I want people to be thinking in other ways - to stop thinking they have to remain glued to a system that has failed and to ideas about society that's necessarily about being run by Democrats or Republicans. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Can't you see I'm already half dead. -- Alice Walker
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The three wealthiest people in the world own more than the GDP of forty-eight countries! -- Alice Walker
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My mother adorned with flowers whatever shabby house we were forced to live in. -- Alice Walker
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There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason. -- Alice Walker
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I don't know who tried to teach him what to do in the bedroom, but it must have been a furniture salesman. -- Alice Walker
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As long as the people don't fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn't stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful ... but so frightening. -- Alice Walker
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Yoga means to bind back, unite. To bring the body and the soul together. For this reason the practice of yoga is a holy endeavor and the teaching of it to our people a very high calling. -- Alice Walker
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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
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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
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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
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It's very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can't imagine. -- Alice Walker
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My life is not to be somebody else's impact - you know what I mean? -- Alice Walker
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Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I'm a writer. -- Alice Walker
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Why do tired people sing? -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. -- Alice Walker
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Abortion is an act of self-defense. -- Alice Walker
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I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there's a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they're not the same, ever again. -- Alice Walker
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I'm sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power. -- Alice Walker
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My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig. -- Alice Walker
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I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people. -- Alice Walker
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Politically, the world is so confused right now - there's so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government. -- Alice Walker
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Eventually I knew what hair wanted; it wanted to be itself ... to be left alone by anyone, including me, who did not love it as it was. -- Alice Walker
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All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world. -- Alice Walker
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Like I said...fine with me. -- Alice Walker
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Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. -- Alice Walker
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I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you. -- Alice Walker
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Any God I ever found in church, I brought in myself. -- Alice Walker
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I think all documentaries leave out areas of people's lives. Which is good. There are areas that need not be explored. -- Alice Walker
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We should not look down on our first ancestors. -- Alice Walker
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She can have them, Mama, she said, like somebody used to never winning anything, or having anything reserved for her. -- Alice Walker
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On a spiritual level, it's as though with my sighted eye I see what's before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what's hidden. It's illuminated life more than darkened it. -- Alice Walker
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When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us. -- Alice Walker
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How sad now never to see men holding hands, while everywhere one looks they are holding guns. -- Alice Walker
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I'm the kind of woman that likes to enjoy herselves in peace. -- Alice Walker
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Who am I to tell her who to love? My job just to love her good and true myself. P. 237 -- Alice Walker
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I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder. -- Alice Walker
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That was the beginning of her abstraction. -- Alice Walker
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the God of woman is autonomy -- Alice Walker
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I don't have this feeling that 70 is really old. -- Alice Walker
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I am not lesbian, I am not bisexual, I am not straight. I am just curious -- Alice Walker
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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. -- Alice Walker
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Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. -- Alice Walker
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I believe people exist to be enjoyed. -- Alice Walker
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Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity. -- Alice Walker
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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
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Only the sky above us do we hold in common. -- Alice Walker
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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
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The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate. -- Alice Walker
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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
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If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it. -- Alice Walker
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Every time I conjure up a rock, I throw it. -- Alice Walker
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Subservience of any kind is death to the spirit. -- Alice Walker
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I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it can't have -- Alice Walker
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Nor am I nostalgic, as a French philosopher once wrote, for a lost poverty. I am nostalgic for the solidarity and sharing a modest existence can sometimes bring. -- Alice Walker
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When you are active, and you must know this so well, that the more you are active, the more you see, the more you go to see. You know, you are curious. One thing leads to another thing, and it gets deeper and deeper, too. And there's no end to it. -- Alice Walker
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You cannot see the changes that you're dreaming about, because they're internal. -- Alice Walker
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The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print. -- Alice Walker
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I wish you were with me, or I with you. -- Alice Walker
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To me war is something to be outgrown, recognized as immature, wasteful, and so destructive to life that human beings should shun it ... as they once shunned bubonic plague. -- Alice Walker
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We must begin seeing other creatures as equal. Existence makes us all equal. -- Alice Walker
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