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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The feminist movement has helped open minds and kitchens
to the notion that men can be at home on the range.
- Rene Veaux

I am a humanist not a feminist.
There's a big difference.
- Lydia Lunch

It's just so hard sometimes to work out where people stand on these things.
I mean, isn't the Pope a feminist?
- Elizabeth Joan Smith

To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a
humanist or an advocate for human rights.
I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently.
- Suzanne Vega

There was that feminist myth that we can do everything.
I don't think you can.
- Jessica Lange

All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art.
This includes the art of installation,
political, feminist and socially directed art.
- Sol LeWitt

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm
a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.
- Judith Butler

My mom is this liberal, feminist, Mormon powerhouse.
I just love her to death.
- Eliza Dushku

I AM what is called a Feminist.
Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence.
Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women.
- Joseph McCabe

Postmodernism is an academic theory,
originating in academia with an academic elite,
not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.
- Catharine MacKinnon

The media only wants to get the view of the flaming
radicals because they make better copy than those of
us who are more sensible.
I'm a feminist and I think I've done a lot of good.
- Betty Dodson

To be a feminist, you could cut your hair really short.
You have to be really angry about something.
- Tucker Carlson

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever
I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
- Rebecca West

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness
whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
- Audre Lorde

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.
- Sally Kempton

I'll always prefer to play with women and hang out with women,
and I'll always be a feminist.
- Courtney Love

My mom was sarcastic about men.
She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product.
She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays.
- Daphne Zuniga

My husband is a fall-away Catholic, but with a vengeance.
He's actually more of a feminist than I am.
- Olympia Dukakis

If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby,
it's false and useless.
- Crystal Eastman

I have met many feminists who were not Lesbians but
I have never met a Lesbian who was not a feminist.
- Martha Shelley

Now my mother, interestingly enough,
was not a feminist in her own mind.
- Elizabeth Moon

As a result of the feminist revolution,
feminine becomes an abusive epithet.
- Percy Wyndham Lewis

No man is as anti-feminist as a really feminine woman.
- Frank O'Connor

It's not that sexual liberation or feminist messages are dead.
- Susie Bright

One of the goals of the Feminist Elite is to reinforce
to women the idea that men are obsolete.
- Tammy Bruce

Maybe I'll be a feminist in my old age.
- Bjork

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments
that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
- Rebecca West

Gone are the days when reality fed the feminist movement.
- Tammy Bruce


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