40 Alice Walker Quotes From The Author Of The Color Purple

Alice Walker is an African-American author and feminist who received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her most famous novel The Color Purple. The book mainly focuses on the struggles of Black women in a society that is racist, sexist, and violent. Here are the best Alice Walker quotes on love, life, nature, racism, feminism, and equality from the woman who redefined literature and social justice.

Alice Walker is not just a trailblazing novelist, but a literary powerhouse, a poet, and a passionate activist known for her profound exploration of African-American life and culture.

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Walker has  written several novels, short stories and poems. Throughout her career, she has published seventeen novels and short story collections, a dozen non-fiction works, and a trove of essays and poetry.

Her famous works as a writer include The Color Purple, Meridian, The Third Life Of Grange Copeland, Everyday Use, Living By the Word, and Anything We Love Can Be Saved.

Walker is also a dedicated social activist who played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement. She championed the cause of women of color using the term “womanism,” and dedicated her efforts to animal advocacy and promoting pacifism.

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These thought-provoking and powerful quotes by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker reflect her profound wisdom, insight, and commitment to social justice and self-empowerment.

Top 10 Alice Walker Quotes

  1. “Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.” — Alice Walker                           

    Alice Walker Quotes
    Alice Walker Quotes
  2. “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker   

    Quotes By Alice Walker
    Quotes By Alice Walker
  3. “You don’t always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that’s plenty.” — Alice Walker    

    Quotes From Alice Walker
    Quotes From Alice Walker
  4. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” — Alice Walker       

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

    Alice Walker Famous Quotes
    Alice Walker Famous Quotes
  6. “How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.” — Alice Walker
  7. “Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge.” — Alice Walker
  8. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” — Alice Walker
  9. “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” — Alice Walker
  10. “’Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” — Alice Walker

Best Of Alice Walker Quotes

  1. “A grown child is a dangerous thing.” — Alice Walker
  2. “The nature of this flower is to bloom.” — Alice Walker
  3. “Time moves quickly but passes quickly.” — Alice Walker
  4. “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” — Alice Walker
  5. “Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.” — Alice Walker
  6. “Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.” — Alice Walker
  7. “Everything wants to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” — Alice Walker
  8. “For me, writing has always come out of living a fairly to- the-bone life, just really being present to a lot of life.” — Alice Walker
  9. “People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.” — Alice Walker
  10. “I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.” — Alice Walker

Famous Alice Walker Quotes 

  1. “The more I wonder, the more I love.” — Alice Walker
  2. “Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.” — Alice Walker
  3. “I know my duty to life, to stop wars especially those I cause within myself.” — Alice Walker
  4. “All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.” — Alice Walker
  5. “Without money of one’s own in a capitalist society, there is no such thing as independence.” — Alice Walker
  6. “If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it.” — Alice Walker
  7. “Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.” — Alice Walker
  8. “Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.” — Alice Walker
  9. “As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up.” — Alice Walker
  10. “Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.” — Alice Walker

Inspirational Alice Walker Quotes

  1.  “Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.” — Alice Walker
  2. Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” — Alice Walker
  3. “What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” — Alice Walker
  4. “The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.” — Alice Walker
  5. “I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor it’s coming with all my heart.” — Alice Walker
  6. “Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity.” — Alice Walker
  7. “Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening.” — Alice Walker
  8. “Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities.” — Alice Walker
  9. “Part of what existence means to me is knowing the difference between what I am now and what I was then.” — Alice Walker
  10. “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
  11. “Be nobody’s darling, be an outcast. Take the contradictions of your life and wrap around. You like a shawl, to parry stones, to keep you warm.” — Alice Walker
  12. “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


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