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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
“Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“Everything you're sure is right can be wrong in another place. ”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“God doesn’t need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I've only found sorrow.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs In Heaven
“I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder
“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“A first child is your own best foot forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world. But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after--oh, that' s love by a different name.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot wrote, by which I think he meant (among other things) that springtime makes people crazy. We expect too much, the world burgeons with promises it can't keep, all passion is really a setup, and we're doomed to get our hearts broken yet again. I agree, and would further add: Who cares? Every spring I go out there anyway, around the bend, unconditionally. ... Come the end of the dark days, I am more than joyful. I'm nuts. ”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
“A mother's body remembers her babies-the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has it's own entreaties to body and soul.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“There is a strange moment in time, after something horrible happens, when you know it's true, but you haven't told anyone yet.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
tags: fear
“As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer's long hair in water. I knew the weight was there but it didn't touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I began to drown. So I just didn't stop.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“It's what you do that makes your soul.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive. You keep your eyes open, you see this damned-to-hell world you got born into, and you ask yourself, 'What life can I live that will let me breathe in & out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods?”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
“Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“When we traded homemaking for careers, we were implicitly promised economic independence and worldly influence. But a devil of a bargain it has turned out to be in terms of daily life. We gave up the aroma of warm bread rising, the measured pace of nurturing routines, the creative task of molding our families' tastes and zest for life; we received in exchange the minivan and the Lunchable.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
“Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“If we can't, as artists, improve on real life, we should put down our pencils and go bake bread.”
Barbara Kingsolver
tags: art
“Misunderstanding is my cornerstone. It's everyone's, come to think of it. Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don't know.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna
“There's such a gulf between yourself and who you were then, but people speak to that other person and it answers; it's like having a stranger as a house guest in your skin.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

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