Alice Walker
Quotations


Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.

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.

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.

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

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.

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.

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.

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.



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