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It’s a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they’re different. It’s very limiting.
Alice Walker

I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the U.S. to cease acting as if they don’t understand what is going on.
Alice Walker

If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows – pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music… That would be so much cheaper than bombs.
Alice Walker

I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know.
Alice Walker

I started writing as a child. But I didn’t think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something – no, maybe junior – and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.
Alice Walker

Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry.
Alice Walker

June Jordan, who died of cancer in 2002, was a brilliant, fierce, radical, and frequently furious poet. We were friends for thirty years. Not once in that time did she step back from what was transpiring politically and morally in the world. She spoke up, and led her students, whom she adored, to do the same.
Alice Walker

My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.
Alice Walker

I’m very disappointed in 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.
Alice Walker

As far as a glass ceiling, I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul.
Alice Walker

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you.
Alice Walker

I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life.
Alice Walker

I think that I do feel that my nature is to express what this self, this particular self at this time, experiences in the world. And that is so organic – I use this metaphor a lot but I’ll use it again – it’s like a pine tree producing pine cones, or a blackberry bush producing blackberries – it’s just what happens with this being, now.
Alice Walker

I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can’t do that, once every two months or every four months.
Alice Walker

We must begin seeing other creatures as equal. Existence makes us all equal.
Alice Walker

I just think cities are unnatural, basically. I know there are people who live happily in them, and I have cities that I love, too. But it’s a disaster that we have moved so far from nature.
Alice Walker

I never talk about my next project.
Alice Walker

For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn’t poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse.
Alice Walker

Part of my ancestry is Cherokee. And in that tradition, you become an adult when you’re 52.
Alice Walker

You cannot see the changes that you’re dreaming about, because they’re internal.
Alice Walker

I start each book when it’s ready and never before.
Alice Walker

We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.
Alice Walker

I live on the West Coast of the United States, and yet the air that I breathe is sometimes the same air that was being breathed in China the day before.
Alice Walker

It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing.
Alice Walker

I think that all people who feel that there is injustice in the world anywhere should learn as much of it as they can bear. That is our duty.
Alice Walker

One of the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement is that when you travel through the South today, you do not feel overwhelmed by a residue of grievance and hate.
Alice Walker

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