[…] 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.
– Shug – The Color Purple – Page 193
“What I love best about Shug is what she been through. When you look in Shug’s eyes you know she been where she been, seen what she seen, did what she did. And now she know. And if you don’t git out the way, she’ll tell you about it.”
– Celie – The Color Purple – 269
“[…] only a fool would want you to talk in a way that feel pecuilar to your mind.”
– Celie – The Color Purple – 216
Here’s the thing […] 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 folk, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit. […] [and God] Don’t look like nothing. 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. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found it.
– Shug – The Color Purple – Page 195
“The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn’t want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give ‘em something. Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.”
– Pa – The Color Purple – Page 182
“[…] unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.”
– Nettie – The Color Purple – Page 185