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  • 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")

  • I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way...I can't apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to... We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful...We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • I feel a little peculiar around the children. For one thing, they grown. And I see they think me and Nettie and Shug and Albert and Samuel and Harpo and Sofia and Jack and Odessa real old and don't know much what going on. But I don't think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • I think it pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple in a field and don't notice it.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")


  • It didn't take long to realize I didn't hardly know nothing. And that if you ast yourself why you black or a man or a woman or a bush it don't mean nothing if you don't ast why you here, period
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • Man corrupt everything, say Shug. He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't. Whenever you trying to pray, and man plop himself on the other end of it, tell him to git lost, say Shug. Conjure up the flowers, wind, water, a big rock.
    (Alice Walker, "The Color Purple")

  • 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")


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