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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wish you a tea and jammies kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Twinkle, twinkle little bat
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
- Lewis Carroll

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

I liked being a teenager, but I would not go back for all the tea in China.
- Rob Lowe

Architecture is basically a container of something.
I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup,
but the tea.
- Yoshio Taniguchi

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea;
but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
- Abraham Lincoln

When one kicks over a tea table and smashes everything but the sugar bowl,
one may as well pick that up and drop it on the bricks,
don't you think?
- Margery Allingham

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong
she is until you put her in hot water.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of
interviewing celebrities,
that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea.
- Phyllis Battelle

I've never cooked.
I can't do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast.
- Ethel Merman

Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul,
if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.
- Hilaire Belloc

Let's just say, the American school of suburban angst is not my cup of tea.
- Katherine Dunn

It has been rumoured that I was the brains of the robbery,
but that was totally incorrect.
I've been described as the tea boy, which is also incorrect.
- Ronald Biggs

I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love
the atmosphere in tea-shops.
- Zola Budd

The idea of seeing everybody clad the same is not really my cup of tea.
- Christian Lacroix

The Republican Party would be really smart to absorb
as much of the Tea Party movement as possible.
- Sarah Palin

I would rather have a cup of tea than sex.
- Boy George

Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England.
- Zola Budd

Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse
in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite
beverage of the intellectual.
- Thomas de Quincey

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

The tea is ice-cold, the room grows colder and colder,
but I grow warmer and warmer.
- Clara Schumann

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
- Henry Fielding

I think everyday people on the street who have never
been affiliated with the tea party movement are alarmed
with the spending and the debt that we have.
- Kristi Noem

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
- Josh Billings

It became extremely important that we go and see the
four heads of the governments,
and the message was delivered, with the tea packets,
to all these heads.
- Satish Kumar

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for,
when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.
- Audrey Hepburn

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal,
according to their ancient custom.
- William Congreve


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