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Alice Malsenior Walker (1944) is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender.

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


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I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.


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What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.


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Horses make a landscape look beautiful.


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


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Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you're just going to keep buying and selling things until there's nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet.


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Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.


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


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Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.


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Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge.


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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.


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I don't call myself a Buddhist. I'm a free spirit. I believe I'm here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that's my religion.


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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.


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


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Yes, mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.


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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.


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Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.


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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.


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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.


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In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.


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We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier.


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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.


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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 yourself.


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


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Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

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