Alice Walker 5

I know black people love the idea that we finally have a beautiful, good-looking black president. But if he is doing awful things to us, we should wake up.
Alice Walker

It’s very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can’t imagine.
Alice Walker

‘Fame’ exhausts me.
Alice Walker

My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness.
Alice Walker

In the summer of 1966, I went to Mississippi to be in the heart of the civil-rights movement, helping people who had been thrown off the farms or taken off the welfare roles for registering to vote. While working there, I met the civil-rights lawyer I later married – we became an interracial couple.
Alice Walker

I think all documentaries leave out areas of people’s lives. Which is good. There are areas that need not be explored.
Alice Walker

Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I’m a writer.
Alice Walker

I have a collective sense of suffering.
Alice Walker

I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you.
Alice Walker

Part of our tradition as black women is that we are universalists. Black children, yellow children, red children, brown children, that is the black woman’s normal, day-to-day relationship. In my family alone, we are about four different colors.
Alice Walker

I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people.
Alice Walker

I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it.
Alice Walker

If you deny people their own voice, you’ll have no idea of who they were.
Alice Walker

People really had a problem with my disinterest in submission. They had a problem with my intellect, and they had a problem with my choice of lovers. They had a problem with my choice of everything.
Alice Walker

On a spiritual level, it’s as though with my sighted eye I see what’s before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what’s hidden. It’s illuminated life more than darkened it.
Alice Walker

I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing.
Alice Walker

Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real.
Alice Walker

You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don’t accept it, it’s their loss.
Alice Walker

It is important to remember yourself.
Alice Walker

We should not look down on our first ancestors.
Alice Walker

Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.
Alice Walker

I’m tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro – that’s the Scotch-Irish part.
Alice Walker

At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost.
Alice Walker

There’s an ecstatic side to writing. It’s like jazz. It just has a life.
Alice Walker

Once you feel loved by the universe, you’re already accepted, and you’re not really concerned about offending people.
Alice Walker

You don’t always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that’s plenty.
Alice Walker

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