Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Alice Walker Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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).
    144 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    128 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    65 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    22 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    29 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    17 person liked.
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  • ''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).
    12 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • ''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).
    13 person liked.
    4 person did not like.

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Best Poem of Alice Walker

Desire

My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms
dead insects
& dust.
I want to grow
something.
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has happened.
And that is how I've survived:
how the hole
I carefully tended
in the garden of my heart
grew a heart
to fill it.

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Our Martyr

When the people
have won a victory
whether small
or large
do you ever wonder
at that moment
where the martyrs
might be?
They who sacrificed

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