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Alice Walker

(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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''It seems our fate to be incorrect (look where we live, for example), and in our incorrectness stand.''
    Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In "From an Interview," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). Interview in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973).
  • ''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 (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, "From an Interview" (1983). Interview in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973).

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Desire

My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms

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