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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
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it was amazing
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Sue Monk Kidd
“Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“I hadn't been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called 'bee yard etiquette'. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“And when you get down to it, Lily, that is the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love but to persist in love.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“We are so limited, you have to use the same word for loving Rosaleen as you do for loving Coke with peanuts. Isn't that a shame we don't have many more ways to say it?”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
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Sue Monk Kidd
“The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“You have to know when to prod and when to be quiet, when to let things take their course.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“There's nothing like a song about lost love to remind you how everything precious can slip from the hinges where you've hung it so careful.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“Drifting off to sleep, I thought about her. How nobody is perfect. How you just have to close your eyes and breathe out and let the puzzle of the human heart be what it is.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“Now and then sprays of rain flew over and misted our faces. Every time I refused to wipe away the wetness. It made the world seem so alive to me. I couldn't help but envy the way a good storm got everyone's attention.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“I watched him, filled with tenderness and ache, wondering what it was that connected us. Was it the wounded places down inside people that sought each other out, that bred a kind of love between them?”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“Where had I been that I didn't know about imaginary friends? I could see the point of it. How a lost part of yourself steps out and remind you who you could be with a little work.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
“And I was struck all at once how life was out there going through its regular courses, and I was suspended, waiting, caught in a terrible crevice between living my life and not living it.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees


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