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Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. ...
by Alice Walker

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.
- Alice Walker

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- 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

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

 

Yes, Mother.
I can see you are flawed.
You have not hidden it.
That is your greatest gift to me.
- Alice Walker

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
- Alice Walker

In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
- Alice Walker

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How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

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

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
- Alice Walker

Never be the only one, except, possibly,
in your own home.
- 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

All History is current; all injustice continues on some level,
somewhere in the world.
- Alice Walker

The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.
- 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

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

People do not wish to appear foolish;
to avoid the appearance of foolishness,
they are willing to remain actually fools.
- Alice Walker

Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- Alice Walker

It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone.
I think that's what I get from these older black women,
that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.
- Alice Walker

People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually,
that people progress, but actually only some people progress.
The rest of the people don't.
- Alice Walker

It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures;
by this time,
I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
- Alice Walker

No person is your friend who demands your silence,
or denies your right to grow.
- 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

It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults
one's children will become than for the children one's
"mature" critics often are.
- Alice Walker

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.
- Alice Walker

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision
of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
- Alice Walker

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

There are those who believe Black people possess the
secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain
them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.
- Alice Walker

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
- Alice Walker

The most important question in the world is,
'Why is the child crying?'
- Alice Walker

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets,
trying to be loved.
You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do,
except walk?
- Alice Walker

I have learned not to worry about love;
but to honor its coming with all my heart.
- Alice Walker

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

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
- Alice Walker

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle;
and one faces down fears of today so that those of
tomorrow might be engaged.
- Alice Walker

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
- Alice Walker

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways,
and they're still beautiful.
- 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

I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other,
and then, in some practical way, some daily way,
figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
- Alice Walker

All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole.
They never detract; or, in any case,
one must not allow them to do so.
Experience adds to experience.
- Alice Walker

And so our mothers and grandmothers have,
more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark,
the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -
or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
- Alice Walker

To me, the black black woman is our essential mother,
the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the
hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair,
almost entirely, of our future as a people.
- Alice Walker

The trouble with our people is as soon as they got
out of slavery they didn't want to give the white man nothing else.
But the fact is, you got to give em something.
Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.
- Alice Walker

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien


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