Best 85 Alice Walker Quotes about life, love, writing & feminism

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Alice Walker is an American award-winning novelist, poet, short story writer, and social activist. In her career, Walker has published seventeen novel and short story collections, twelve non-fiction works, and collections of essays and poetry.

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She became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1982 for her novel The Color Purple. Influenced by Martin Luther King Jr., she decided to become a social activist and contributed to many Civil Rights Movements.

Alice Walker’s Awards and Recognitions

She has won many awards for her work. In Wikipedia, you can find the list of awards and recognitions received by her. Also, you can find her list of selected works.

Alice Walker’s Books and Poetry

Alice Walker Quotes for motivation

1. “If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it.” – Alice Walker

2. “Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” – Alice Walker

3. “Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity.” – Alice Walker

4. “I can’t fix my mouth to say how I feel.” – Alice Walker

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

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

7. “What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” – Alice Walker

8. “Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.” – Alice Walker

9. “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” – Alice Walker

10. “Even as I hold you, I am letting you go.” – Alice Walker

11. “Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.” – Alice Walker

12. “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

13. “I’m mad about the waste that happens when people who love each other can’t even bring themselves to talk.” – Alice Walker

14. “A grown child is a dangerous thing.” – Alice Walker

Famous Quotes by Alice Walker

15. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” – Alice Walker

16. “Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.” – Alice Walker

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

18. “When the ax came into the forest the trees said the handle is one of us.” – Alice Walker

19. “I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing.” – Alice Walker

20. “Every time I conjure up a rock, I throw it.” – Alice Walker

21. “The world is changing. It is no longer a world just for boys and men” – Alice Walker

22. “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

23. “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

24. “I love his dear eyes in which the vulnerability and beauty of his soul can be plainly read.” – Alice Walker

25. “Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.” – Alice Walker

26. “We all have to start somewhere if we want to do better, and out of self is what we have to hand” – Alice Walker

27. “If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” – Alice Walker

Inspirational Alice Walker Quotes

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

29. “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,

30. “Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.” – Alice Walker

31. “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

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

33. “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

34. “Some people think politeness is an invitation to invade.” – Alice Walker

35. “World wars have been fought and lost; for every war is against the world and every war against the world is lost.” – Alice Walker

36. “Without money of one’s own in a capitalist society, there is no such thing as independence.” – Alice Walker

37. “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

38. “There is so much we don’t understand. And so much unhappiness that comes because of that.” – Alice Walker

39. “I do not grieve in the abstract, but in the heart.” – Alice Walker

Best Motivational Quotes by Alice Walker

40. “Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.” – Alice Walker

41. “People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” – Alice Walker

42. “Any God I ever found in the church, I brought in myself.” – Alice Walker

43. “Anyhow, I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other men I know. Trifling, forgetful, and lowdown.” – Alice Walker

44. “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

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

46. “There’s something in all of us that wants a medal for what we have done. That wants to be appreciated.” – Alice Walker

47. “Religion is an elaborate excuse for what man has done to women and to the earth” – Alice Walker

48. “One good thing bout the way he never does any work around the place, we never miss him when he has gone.” – Alice Walker

49. “Health is our culture; anything that interferes with it is our bondage.” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on Hard Times

50. “Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” – Alice Walker

51. “Hard times’ is a phrase the English love to use, when speaking of Africa. And it is easy to forget that Africa’s ‘hard times’ were made harder by them.” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on writing

52. “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

53. “If you’re silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.” – Alice Walker

54. “Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ” – Alice Walker

55. “I’ve found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing.” – Alice Walker

56. “Writing poems is my way of celebrating with the world that I have not committed suicide the evening before.” – Alice Walker

57. “I believe that the truth of any subject only comes when all sides of the story are put together.” – Alice Walker

58. “Writing permits me to be more than I am. Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.” – Alice Walker

59. “I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking about the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know anything more about the big things than you start out with.” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on love

60. “Everything wants to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” – Alice Walker

61. “I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor it’s coming with all my heart.” – Alice Walker

62. “The more I wonder, the more I love.” – Alice Walker

63. “Everything wants to be loved.” – Alice Walker

64. “You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen.” – Alice Walker

65. “Just cause I love her don’t take away none of her rights.” – Alice Walker

66. “The only way to solace anyone who loved you in life is to be a good memory” – Alice Walker

67. “And to me, wildness means following the growth of love. Like a plant reaching through stone toward the sun.” – Alice Walker

68. “When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle Willingly burning myself To light up the darkness around me.” – Alice Walker

69. “And I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it can’t have.” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on nature

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

71. “The nature of this flower is to bloom.” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on life

72. “I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life.” – Alice Walker

73. “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

74. “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

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

76. “Life is very different when you have a good friend. I’ve seen people without special friends, close friends. Other men, especially. For some reason, men don’t often make and keep friends. This is a real tragedy, I think, because in a way, without a tight male friend, you never really are able to see yourself.” – Alice Walker

77. “What you hope for, you also fear. ” – Alice Walker

78. “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise” – Alice Walker

79. “It didn’t take long to realize I didn’t hardly know nothing. And that if you ask yourself why you black or a man or a woman or a bush it doesn’t mean nothing if you don’t ask why you here, period” – Alice Walker

Alice Walker Quotes on feminism

80. “Why any woman gives a shit what people think is a mystery to me.” – Alice Walker

81. “Women have to summon the courage to fulfill dormant dreams.” – Alice Walker

82. “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

83. “If he ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place, I can tell you.” – Alice Walker

84. “Hope is a woman who has lost her fear.” – Alice Walker

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

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