Alice Walker Quotes

It seems our fate to be incorrect (look where we live, for example), and in our incorrectness stand.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In "From an Interview," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). Interview in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973).
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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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, "From an Interview" (1983). Interview in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973).
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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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do," Black Scholar (New York, Spring 1982).
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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. "One Child of One's Own," Ms. (New York, Aug. 1979).
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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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Pa, in The Color Purple, p. 155 (1983).
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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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Possessing the Secret of Joy, epigraph (1992).
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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.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Shug, in The Color Purple, p. 165, ed. Women's Press (1983).
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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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Shug, in The Color Purple (1983).
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They circumcised women, little girls, in Jesus's time. Did he know? Did the subject anger or embarrass him? Did the early church erase the record? Jesus himself was circumcised; perhaps he thought only the cutting done to him was done to women, and therefore, since he survived, it was all right.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. "Tashi-Evelyn-Mrs. Johnson," pt. 21, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992).
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Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus' hair was like lamb's wool, I say. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about they God is that his hair kinky.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. The Color Purple (1983).
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