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Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you.
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
- Alice Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- Alice Walker

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

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

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

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

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.
- 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 gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision
of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

Take the initiative - don't wait for life to come to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Don't Wait!
Start on your dreams, your impulses,
your longings, your special occasions today.
Because this is your moment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Drive Change, don't wait for change to drive you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.
- Anne Frank

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spirit has unlimited patience,
and will wait for me to evolve.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are
and then wait to hear the answer.
- Anonymous

If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait and
for what other time shall we look?
- Abdul-Baha

We'll be friends until forever, just you wait and see.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My JOY Factory is Immense.
I don't wait for joy,
I manufacture my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left by those who hustle.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom;
wait until they have been married longer.
- Edgar Watson Howe

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

I inherited that calm from my father,
who was a farmer.
You sow, you wait for good or bad weather,
you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.
- Miguel Indurain

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others.
Be a carrier.
- Tom Stoppard

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not,
will be victorious.
- Sun Tzu

Why wait until you're dead,
when you can create your own Hell right here and now.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
- Henry Van Dyke

Do not wait for leaders;
do it alone, person to person.
- Mother Teresa

You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.
- Jack London

You have to wait six months to purchase a fuel efficient
automobile made from overseas.
- Ed Markey

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
- Jonathan Winters

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to
needing what I've invented.
- R. Buckminster Fuller


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