Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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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.

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

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.

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

Sucking up to the biggies won't get us anywhere.

The infinite faith I have in people's ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified finally by their behavior.

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

It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put - without delay and with tenderness - back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try.

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

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

I was distressed that after 9/11 when the United States was attacked by terrorists the United States' response was to attack Afghanistan where some of the terrorists had been.

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.

It's an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important... and to feel that you're being published by people who really don't get it and/or don't really care.

I started out as a poet. I've always been a poet since I was 7 or 8. And so I feel myself to be fundamentally a poet who got into writing novels.

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.

Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.

I see children all children as humanity's most precious resource because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left.

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.

Fiction is such a world of freedom it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly they can fly.

I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly.

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