Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

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

896

Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they’ve had forever. And they’ve been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power.


Alice Walker

896

We should learn to accept that change is truly the only thing that’s going on always, and learn to ride with it and enjoy it.


Alice Walker

896

I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there’s a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they’re not the same, ever again.


Alice Walker

896

As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young.


Alice Walker

896

As you know from school, it’s when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you’ve done your best.


Alice Walker

896

’Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.


Alice Walker

896

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

896

I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

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

896

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


Alice Walker

896

I’m not convinced that women have the education or the sense of their own history enough or that they understand the cruelty of which men are capable and the delight that many men will take in seeing you choose to chain yourself - then they get to say ’See, you did it yourself.’


Alice Walker

896

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


Alice Walker

896

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