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(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Quotations

  • ''How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers' names.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Letter to the Editor of Ms.," Ms. (New York, Aug. 1974).
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  • ''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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Writer Because of, Not in Spite of, Her Children," Ms. (New York, Jan. 1976).
  • ''If I could live as a tree, as a river, as the moon, as the sun, as a star, as the earth, as a rock, I would. ...Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. poet and fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 12, by Claudia Tate (1985).
  • ''Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York, April 1980).
  • ''The original "crime" of "niggers" and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York, April 1980).
  • ''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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, "Brothers and Sisters" (1983). "Can I Be My Brother's Sister?" Ms. (New York, Oct. 1975).
  • ''It seems our fate to be incorrect ... and in our incorrectness stand.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Originally published in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973). "From an Interview," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983).
  • ''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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. "If the Present Looks Like the Past, What Does the Future Look Like?" In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (first published July 1982, repr. 1983).
  • ''Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, epigraph (1983).
  • ''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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, "Looking for Zora" (1983). "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," Ms. (New York, March 1975).

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Word Reaches Us

Word reaches us

that you are sleeping, sleeping.

Dismayed

we have turned to the sea.

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