Quotes by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

American novelist, essayist and poet

Alive from: 1955-

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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    Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
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    People's dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.
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    Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. I never get over being thankful for that - for the courage of my readers.
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    Small change, small wonders - these are the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life.
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    Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
    Source: Homeland and Other Stories
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    Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
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    Terms like that, "Humane Society," are devised with people like me in mind, who don't care to dwell on what happens to the innocent.
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    Terms like that, 'Humane Society,' are devised with people like me in mind, who don't care to dwell on what happens to the innocent.
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    The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.
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    The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brains and in your hands, wherever you go... It's one thing to carry your life wherever you go. Another thing to always go looking for it somewhere else.
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    The older I get, the more I appreciate my rural childhood. I spent a lot of time outdoors, unsupervised, which is a blessing.
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    The very least you can do in your life is to 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.
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    There are days when I am envious of my hens: when I hunger for a purpose as perfect and sure as a single daily egg.
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    There's a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried. The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other. I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn't a forest but an orchard of graves. Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature.
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    There's always a part of your nation's history that you haven't been told that... has a powerful impact on how you yourself may behave and may believe.
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