"I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, 'black feminist' does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it's just... womanish."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Alice Walker on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Alice Walker on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Alice Walker on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Alice Walker on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Alice Walker on John Lennon
"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."
"As you know from school, it's when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you've done your best."
"As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young."
"I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there's a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they're not the same, ever again."