98+ Best Alice Walker Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Alice Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. Profoundly inspirational Alice Walker quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Alice Walker Quotes

Not only will your teachers appear, but they will cook new foods for you. – Alice Walker

If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions, and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. – Alice Walker

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

The more I wonder, the more I love. – Alice Walker

The forest is the first cathedral. I felt that from the time I was a child. I credit my mother with that. I used to think it came from her Native-American side. Whichever it was, she instinctively connected with nature, and taught me that. Church just could not hold my spirit. – Alice Walker

The long-term accommodation that protects marriage and other such relationships is forgetfulness. – Alice Walker

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

Love yourself. Just love yourself. In fact, the love of the self-cures every kind of problem you have with yourself. For instance, if someone calls you nappy-headed, it rolls right off your body, if you love nappy hair. Or if someone calls you buck-toothed or too black, that won’t be a problem if you love being buck-toothed or black. If you love it, then so what. The development of self-love cures many of the ills that people suffer from. – Alice Walker

She was so quiet. So reflective. And she could erase herself, her spirit, with a swiftness that truly startled, when she knew the people around her could not respect it. – Alice Walker

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

‘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

Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities. – Alice Walker

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. – Alice Walker

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

We are all substantially flawed, wounded, angry, hurt, here on Earth. But this human condition, so painful to us, and in some ways shameful- because we feel we are weak when the reality of ourselves is exposed- is made much more bearable when it is shared, face to face, in words that have expressive human eyes behind them. – Alice Walker

I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame. – Alice Walker

Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength – in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own. – Alice Walker

She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. – Alice Walker

You can’t send me anywhere that I wouldn’t be happy to go. You’d be surprised as to how that lightens the heart. – Alice Walker

No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world. – Alice Walker

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet. – Alice Walker

It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put – without delay, and with tenderness – back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try. – Alice Walker

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. – Alice Walker

People who work hard often work too hard. … May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms. – Alice Walker

I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found It. – Alice Walker

Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. – Alice Walker

The earth is for joy, and dancing is a big part of that. And you dance with nature. Nature is always dancing. If you’re not harassing it and killing it and mutilating it, nature is dancing. That’s what the leaves are doing when the wind blows through them. We live in a magical wonderful universe. And just spoil it while thinking we can at some point go to heaven or some other planet. – Alice Walker

Be compassionate to everyone. Don’t just search for whatever it is that annoys and frightens you-see beyond those things to the basic human being. Especially see the child in the man or woman. Even if they are destroying you, allow a moment to see how lost in their own delusion and suffering they are. – Alice Walker

Everything is already perfect. And if you can accept that everything is already perfect, the imperfection is a part of the perfection. What’s to worry about? – Alice Walker

You die – and this is why manmade religions don’t work for so many of us. The notion that you’re dead and that’s the end, and they even try to contain you in coffins. They make them out of steel and stuff. But really, your journey – for all you know – is just beginning. For all I know, what you see now is just a tiny little seed. So, I may blossom into an entire – I don’t know – something in the sky. Who knows where we’re going? – Alice Walker

It’s essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can’t really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself. – Alice Walker

I really think admiration for nature can save us. I mean true admiration, to the point of not letting it be harmed. – Alice Walker

I’m very disappointed in Barack Obama. I was very much in support of him in the beginning, but I cannot support war. I cannot support droning. I cannot support capitulating to the banks. I cannot support his caving into Benjamin Netanyahu. I think many black people support him because they’re so happy to have handsome black man in the White House. But it doesn’t make me happy if that handsome black man in the White House is betraying all of our traditional values of peace, peoplehood, caring about strangers, feeding the hungry, and not bombing children. – Alice Walker

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before. – Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. – Alice Walker

War will stop when we no longer praise it or give it any attention at all. Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. – Alice Walker

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

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

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

Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. – Alice Walker

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t have. – Alice Walker

I feel very happy to be living in Berkeley because there are a lot of people who are politically active here. – Alice Walker

A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world. – Alice Walker

I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It’s like you’re just eating misery. You’re eating a bitter life. – Alice Walker

Being happy is not the only happiness. – Alice Walker

I don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of. – Alice Walker

Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. – Alice Walker

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

What I’ve seen from keeping in touch as well as I can is that what I find so typical in Mexican culture is the helpfulness of the people to each other. I think, at this point, that is the highest good and the highest we can hope for – which is to be of help and use to each other wherever we are. – Alice Walker

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

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

I’m always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence. – Alice Walker

It’s almost unbelievable where we are as a planet because people have been so afraid of rocking the boat, of putting forth what they really believe, and standing with people who need to be stood with. – Alice Walker

What I am really interested in is that I want people to be thinking in other ways to stop thinking they have to remain glued to a system that has failed and to ideas about society that’s necessarily about being run by Democrats or Republicans. – Alice Walker

We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. If they do, it is our duty as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children. If necessary, bone by bone. – Alice Walker

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

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

Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening…Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed. – Alice Walker

The protection of evil must be the most self-destructive job. – Alice Walker

The harm that you do to others is the harm that you do to yourself and you cannot think then that you can cause wars in other parts of the world and destroy people and drone them without this having a terrible impact on your own soul and your own consciousness. – Alice Walker

There is no graceful way to carry hatred. – Alice Walker

You are saying, are you not, I said to Manuelito, that stories have more room in them than ideas? He laughed. That is correct, Señor. It is as if ideas are made of blocks. Rigid and hard. And stories are made of a gauze that is elastic. You can almost see through it, so what is beyond is tantalizing. You can’t quite make it out; and because the imagination is always moving forward, you yourself are constantly stretching. Stories are the way spirit is exercised. – Alice Walker

I’m sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power. – Alice Walker

I am not interested in being a role model, or in fulfilling the expectations of others. I know I am of most use to others and to myself by being this unique self: Nature, I have noticed, is not particularly devoted to copies, and human beings needn’t be either. – Alice Walker

When people become elders – when they’re older; they can be old without being an elder, really. They can just be old and not very useful. – Alice Walker

The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate. – Alice Walker

America is not nearly done. We’re only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows… what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants – if they survive that long – will see. – Alice Walker

Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance. – Alice Walker

I see children, all children, as humanity’s most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left. – Alice Walker

He beat me like he beat the children. Cept he doesn’t never hardly beat them. He says, Celie, git the belt. The children be outside the room peeking through the cracks. It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood. I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That’s how come I know trees fear man. – Alice Walker

It has become a common feeling, I believe, as we have watched our heroes falling over the years, that our own small stone of activism, which might not seem to measure up to the rugged boulders of heroism we have so admired, is a paltry offering toward the building of an edifice of hope. Many who believe this choose to withhold their offerings out of shame. This is the tragedy of the world. For we can do nothing substantial toward changing our course on the planet, a destructive one, without rousing ourselves, individual by individual, and bringing our small, imperfect stones to the pile. – Alice Walker

I think America has always been polarized. It’s a racist country and it has always been. – Alice Walker

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

Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge. – Alice Walker

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. 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

I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to… We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose. – Alice Walker

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

I personally have never trusted museums. … It is because museums, broadly speaking, live off of the art and artifacts of others, often art and artifacts that have been obtained by dubious means. But they also manipulate whatever it is they present to the public; hence, until Judy Chicago, in the 1970s … few women artists were hung in any major museum. Indian artists? Artifacts only, please. Black artists? Something musical, maybe? And so forth. – Alice Walker

I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering about the big things and asking about the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love. – Alice Walker

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

Time moves slowly but passes quickly. – Alice Walker

During my years of being close to people engaged in changing the world I have seen fear turn into courage. Sorrow into joy. Funerals into celebration. Because whatever the consequences, people, standing side by side, have expressed who they really are, and that ultimately, they believe in the love of the world and each other enough to be that. – Alice Walker

Always with me was the inner twin: my true nature, my true self. It is timeless, free, compassionate and in love with whatever is natural to me – Alice Walker

As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. – Alice Walker

The artist is the voice of the people. – Alice Walker

Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God. – Alice Walker

The most important question in the world is, ‘Why is the child crying?’ – Alice Walker

Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you’re just going to keep buying and selling things until there’s nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet. – Alice Walker

At one point I learned transcendental meditation. This was 30-something years ago. It took me back to the way that I naturally was as a child growing up way in the country, rarely seeing people. I was in that state of oneness with creation and it was as if I didn’t exist except as a part of everything. – Alice Walker

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

I just really love people a lot. I really love them. – Alice Walker

I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it’s almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves. – Alice Walker

Whenever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. I have been helped, supported, encouraged and nurtured by people of all races, creeds, colors and dreams. – Alice Walker

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

I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly. – Alice Walker

A burnt finger remember the fire. – Alice Walker

Criticism is painful when it’s not done with love. – Alice Walker

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

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