Alice Walker

Profession : Activist ,Novelist ,Poet ,Writer
Nationality : American
Birth : 9th February, 1944
Death :
About : Alice Malsenior Walker was born in Putnam County, Georgia. She is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Walker's first book of poetry was written while she was a senior at Sarah Lawrence. She took a brief sabbatical from writing while working in Mississippi in the civil rights movement. Walker resumed her writing career when she joined Ms. magazine as an editor before moving to northern California in the late 1970s. Her 1975 article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston", published in Ms. magazine, helped revive interest in the work of Zora Neale Hurston. In addition to her collected short stories and poetry, Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, was published in 1970. In 1976, Walker's second novel, Meridian, was published. The novel dealt with activist workers in the South during the civil rights movement, and closely paralleled some of Walker's own experiences. Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a student at Spelman College in the early 1960s. Walker credits King for her decision to return to the American South as a civil rights activist for the Civil Rights Movement.

Alice Walker Quotes

All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.
All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.
And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
Topics : Mother
Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.
Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up.
Topics : Nature
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.
Topics : God
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.
Tags : Writers And Writing , Writing Topics : Art
Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.
Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.
Tags : Around , People Topics : Uncategorized
Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
Topics : Expectations , Life
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.
Tags : Freedom Topics : Age , Fear
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
Tags : Mom Topics : Mother
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
Tags : Beginning Topics : Uncategorized
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Topics : God , Nature , Religion
I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t have.
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.
Tags : Found , Garden Topics : Uncategorized
Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of sisters?
Topics : Friendship
Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one’s children will become than for the children one’s “mature” critics often are.
Tags : Right Topics : Uncategorized
It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
It’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.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Topics : Death , Funny , Life
Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Tags : Change/Growth , Silence Topics : Friendship
Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
Topics : Power
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.
Our mothers and our grandmothers, some of them: moving to music not yet written.
Tags : Role Models
People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually, that people progress, but actually only some people progress. The rest of the people don’t.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
Topics : Uncategorized
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
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.
Tags : Women Topics : Uncategorized
The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.
Topics : God
The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.
The good news may be that Nature is phasing out the white man, but the bad news is that’s who She thinks we all are.
Topics : Uncategorized
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Tags : People , Thinking Topics : Power
The most important question in the world is, ‘Why is the child crying?’
The Nature of This Flower is to bloom.
Topics : Beauty
The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.
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.
There are those who believe Black people possess the secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.
This is how change happens, though. It is a relay race, and we’re very conscious of that, that our job really is to do our part of the race, and then we pass it on, and then someone picks it up, and it keeps going. And that is how it is. And we can do this, as a planet, with the consciousness that we may not get it, you know, today, but there’s always a tomorrow.
Tags : Change/Growth Topics : Politics
To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.
Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.
Tags : Courage Topics : Uncategorized
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
Tags : Writing Topics : Uncategorized
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
Tags : Mom Topics : Mother
You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen.
Tags : Learn , Stolen Topics : Love

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Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.

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