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10 Alice Walker Quotes That Amaze and Inspire

Powerful wisdom from the author of The Color Purple.

alice walker posed for a photo, circa 1979
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  • "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."—Alice Walker

Alice walker in search of our mother's gardens quote
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  • "Part of what existence means to me is knowing the distance between what I am now and what I was then."—Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens

Alice walker quote from The Temple of My Familiar
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  • "Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want."—Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar

alice walker quote from revolutionary petunias
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  • "Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."—Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias

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  • "Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make for yourself." —Alice Walker

alice walker quote from you can't keep a good woman down
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  • "I believe in moments, collective action to influence the future."—Alice Walker, You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

alice walker quote from the color purple
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  • "Why any woman give a shit what people think is a mystery to me."—Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Alice walker quote from Living by the Word
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  • "War will stop when we no longer praise it, or give it any attention at all."—Alice Walker, Living by the Word

alice walker quote from In Love and Trouble
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  • "There are ways that the spirit can be mended just as there are ways that the spirit can be broken."—Alice Walker, In Love and Trouble

alice walker quote from possessing the secret of joy
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  • "If you lie to yourself about your own pain, you will be killed by those who will claim you enjoyed it."—Alice Walker, from Possessing the Secret of Joy