Alice Walker Quotes

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We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness         The Color Purple        The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir        Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel

Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Color Purple; her many volumes of poetry; and her powerful non-fiction collections, including We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For and The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir (both published by The New Press). Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. She lives in Northern California.

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

— Alice Walker

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception.

— 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

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

— 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

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

— Alice Walker

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

— Alice Walker