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How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
by Alice Walker

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.
- Amelia Barr

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

He who can give thanks for little
will always find he has enough.
- Anonymous

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Thomas Jefferson

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Ask yourself to slow down.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Whoever does not regard what he has
as most ample wealth, is unhappy,
though he be master of the world.
- Epictetus

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

The more you expect, the more you get disappointed in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

This day boldness is manifested in a simple grace: gratitude.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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