Alice Walker is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. She was born on February 9, 1944. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, after which she began her walk with activism and the Civil Rights Movement. She published her novel The Color Purple in 1982. This novel went on to win her the National Book Award. She was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Other books by her include ‘The Third Life of Grange Copeland’ and ‘Meridian’.
Alice Walker Quotes
- If you deny people their own voice, you’ll have no idea of who they were;
- I’m mad about the waste that happens when people who love each other can’t even bring themselves to talk.
- When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us.
- I don’t know if I’ve ever cared much what others think.
- 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.
- Do you know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred;
- Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge.
- As long as 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.
- 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.
- The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print.
- The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
- No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.
- Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister?
- What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears
- You don’t always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that’s plenty.
- Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be
- 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.
- Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fear is real, but so is love.
- Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.
- It is important to remember yourself.
- Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
- People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
- 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.
- 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 marvellous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it.
- Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
- 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.
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