Today is the first day of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! This year is special because we are remembering graphic designer Jeremy Hawkins. I love the new logo to honour him, designed by Anjela Curtis.
I’ll be posting every day except Sundays throughout April. This year, my readers voted for the theme “My Favourite Book Quotes”. So I’ve collected together the quotations that move me, inspire me and make me smile. I hope you enjoy them!
For letter A, I’ve chosen to collate my favourite quotes from two incredible African American authors. I read The Color Purple by Alice Walker whilst at university, and it was an eye-opening experience: harrowing and beautiful in equal parts. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was a more recent read that gave me more insight into institutionalised racism, police brutality and performative allyship. I’m looking forward to reading more of Thomas’ work.
My Favourite Quotes by Alice Walker
“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.”
“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.”
“Here’s the thing, say Shug. The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don’t know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit. It? I ask. Yeah, It. God ain’t a he or a she, but a It. But what do it look like? I ask. Don’t look like nothing, she say. It ain’t a picture show. It ain’t something you can look at apart from anything else, including yourself. I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you cam feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found it.”
“Well, us talk and talk bout God, but I’m still adrift. Trying to chase that old white man out of my head. I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothing God make. Not a blade of corn (how it do that?) not the color purple (where it come from?). Not the little wildflowers.”Alice Walker, The Color Purple
My Favourite Quotes by Angie Thomas
“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
“To every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses that grow in the concrete.”
“People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They’re not forgetting. I think that’s the most important part.”Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Have you read either of these authors’ novels? Do you have a favourite quote by an author beginning with A? Let me know in the comments!