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Quotations From ALICE WALKER

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  • 1.
    Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. "To the Editors of Ms. Magazine," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983).
  • 2.
    Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, epigraph (1983).

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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    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.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, "Looking for Zora" (1983). "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," Ms. (New York, March 1975).

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  • 5.
    It seems our fate to be incorrect ... and in our incorrectness stand.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Originally published in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973). "From an Interview," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983).

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  • 6.
    The original "crime" of "niggers" and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York, April 1980).
  • 7.
    Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York, April 1980).

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  • 8.
    If I could live as a tree, as a river, as the moon, as the sun, as a star, as the earth, as a rock, I would. ...Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. poet and fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 12, by Claudia Tate (1985).

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  • 9.
    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.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Writer Because of, Not in Spite of, Her Children," Ms. (New York, Jan. 1976).

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  • 10.
    How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers' names.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Letter to the Editor of Ms.," Ms. (New York, Aug. 1974).
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