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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.
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.
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers' names.
In order to be able to live in America I must be unafraid to live anywhere in it, and I must be able to live in the fashion and with whom I choose.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
It seems our fate to be incorrect (look where we live, for example), and in our incorrectness stand.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.
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