Alice Walker 4

I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, ‘black feminist’ does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it’s just… womanish.
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

The infinite faith I have in people’s ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified, finally, by their behavior.
Alice Walker

In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid.
Alice Walker
Work, Women, Myself
I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there’s a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they’re not the same, ever again.
Alice Walker

It’s an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important… and to feel that you’re being published by people who really don’t get it and/or don’t really care.
Alice Walker

Creation is a sustained period of bliss, even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it. You didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it.
Alice Walker

From infancy, I have relied on the fiercely sweet spirits of black men; and this is abundantly clear in my work.
Alice Walker

I don’t feel I’ve had a decent critic ever on the East coast.
Alice Walker

People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box, or they need to label you and fix you in time and location.
Alice Walker

David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X.
Alice Walker

Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement.
Alice Walker

My parents taught me service – not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family.
Alice Walker

How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed?
Alice Walker

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.
Alice Walker

Fear is real, but so is love.
Alice Walker

Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.
Alice Walker

A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone.
Alice Walker

I don’t know if I’ve ever cared much what others think.
Alice Walker

I’ve always felt quite singular, even as a child. That I must stay on track to keep my purpose.
Alice Walker

It’s not possible to stop love.
Alice Walker

As long as the people don’t fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn’t stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful… but so frightening.
Alice Walker

I don’t have this feeling that 70 is really old.
Alice Walker

I think ‘The Color Purple’ is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe.
Alice Walker

You bring children into the world. You love them with heart and soul.
Alice Walker

When I was 18, I went to the Soviet Union. I kept hearing that America was planning to bomb them – lots of bombs were going to come down on these people. I went there not knowing anything, except that I thought the whole thing was stupid and that I wanted to see who these people were that we were going to bomb.
Alice Walker

Share