Unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause each other unknowingly.

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Believe in us. Do you remember that day?

…I remembered what I you told me about seeing Corrine and Samuel and Olivia in town, when she was buying cloth to make her and Olivia dresses, and how you’d sent me in to see her because she was the only woman you’d ever seen with money. I tried to make Corrine remember that day, but she couldn’t.

She gets weaker and weaker, and unless she can believe in us and start to feel something for her children, I fear we will lose her.

Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause each other unknowingly.

by Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944)
from The Color Purple, 1982

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