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  • Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • One white man on the platform in South Carolina asked us where we were going--we had got off the train to get some fresh air and to dust the grit and dust out of our clothes. When we said Africa he looked offended and tickled too. Niggers going to Africa, he said to his wife. Now I have seen everything.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • A grown child is a dangerous thing.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • She look me over from head to foot. Then she cackle. Sound like a death rattle. You sure is ugly, she say, like she ain't believed it.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • Ain't nothing wrong with Shug Avery. She just sick. Sicker than anybody I ever seen. She sicker than my mama was when she die. But she more evil than my mama and that keep her alive.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")


  • She look so stylish it like the trees all round the house draw themself up tall for a better look.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men. But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house. She let out her breath. I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • But it ain't easy, trying to do without God even if you know he ain't there, trying to do without him is a strain
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • We all have to start somewhere if us want to do better, an d out of self is what us have to hand
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • First time I think about the world. What the world got to do with anything, I think. Then I see myself sitting there quilting tween Shug Avery and Mr --. Us three set together gainst Tobias and his fly speck box of chocolate. For the first time in my life, I feel just right.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • God is different to us now, after all these years in Africa. More spirit than ever before, and more internal. Most people think he has to look like something or someone- a roofleaf or Christ- but we don't. And not being tied to what God looks like, frees us.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • He beat me like he beat the children. Cept he don't never hardly beat them. He say, Celie, git the belt. The children be outside the room peeking through the cracks. It all I can do not to cry. I make myself wood. I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how come I know trees fear man.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")


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