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I have tried to teach my children to love nature as my parents taught that reverence to me
through example, proximity, and plenty of field guides and age-appropriate biology books. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The thing is, it's my own fault. I just can't put up with a person that won't go out of his way for me. And that's what a man is. Somebody that won't go out of his way for you. I bet it says that in the dictionary. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I made it to the childbearing phase without TV dependence, then looked around and thought, Well gee, why start now? Why get a pet python on the day you decide to raise fuzzy little gerbils? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Our childhood had passed over into history overnight. The transition was unnoticed by anyone but ourselves. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We newspaper readers all have our pet vexations. Somewhere in one of those sections is the column we anxiously turn to for the sole purpose of disagreeing with the columnist. Volubly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The urge to lie is produced by the contradictions in our lives. We are made to declare love for our country, while it tramples our rights and dignity. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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U.S. policies restrict feeding cow tissue directly to other cows, but still allow cows to be fed to other animals (like chickens) and the waste from the chickens to be fed back to the cows. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The longer you live, the more likely you are to have something to say. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Ah, the mysterious croak. Here today, gone tomorrow. It's the best reason I can think of to throw open the blinds and risk belief. Right now, this minute, time to move out into the grief and glory. High tide. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Words were not just words, describing things a person could see. Even if most did not. Maybe they had to know a thing first, to see it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Sometimes that happens. Children can be your heartache. But that doesn't matter, you have to go on and have them," she said. "It works out. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What we end up calling history is a kind of knife, slicing down through time. A few people are hard enough to bend its edge. But most won't even stand close to the blade. I'm one of those. We don't bend anything. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The 2-week delay of her letters had caused me to keep a distrustful eye on Hallie, like a star so many light years away it could have exploded long ago while we still watched its false shine. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If the Lord hasn't got a boyfriend lined up for me to marry, that's his business. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Mother, you can still hold hold on but forgive, forgive and give for long as long as we both shall live, I forgive you, Mother. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Your blood for mine. If not these, then those. War is the supreme mathematics problem. It strains our skulls, yet we work out the sums, believing we have pressed the most monstrous quantities into a balanced equation. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Of the two hundred bones in the human body, more than a quarter are in the foot. It is a more complicated instrument than an automobile transmission, and it is treated with far less consideration. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She is not a bulldog, only a woman pressed into the shape of a small jar, possibly attempting to dance in there. It shows in the way she places a seashell on a window sill, a red-painted chair in the corner: she is practiced in the art of creating a still life and taking up residence inside it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Her name, he says like the Lord's taken in vain. Sometimes he says "Mexico," and the word has nothing in it at all. A wall with no colors painted on it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Even feigning surprise, pretending it was unexpected and saying a ritual thanks, is surely wiser than just expecting everything so carelessly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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From the fallen tree everybody makes firewood. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She made it plain that her fondest wish was to have a grandbaby. Whenever fat Irene would pick up the baby, which was not too often, Mrs. Hoge would declare, "Irene, you don't know how becoming that looks." As if someone ought to have a kid because it looked good on them. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The talkers are rising above the thinkers. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Write a nonfiction book, and be prepared for the legion of readers who are going to doubt your fact. But write a novel, and get ready for the world to assume every word is true. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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An imperfectly remembered life is a useless treachery. Every day, more fragments of the past roll around heavily in the chambers of an empty brain, shedding bits of color, a sentence or a fragrance, something that changes and then disappears. It drops like a stone to the bottom of the cave. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We're surrounded by mandates, and I believe that literature should be mandate-free. I feel very strongly about that. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Weeds are job security for the gardener. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The radio is at the root of the evil, their rule is: No silence, ever. When anything happens, the commentator has to speak without a moment's pause for gathering wisdom. Falsehood and inanity are preferable to silence. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We sang in church "Tata Nzolo"! Which means Father in Heaven or Father of Fish Bait depending on just how you sing it, and that pretty well summed up my quandry. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Over the last decade our country has lost an average of 300 farms a week. Large or small, each of those was the lifes work of a real person or family, people who built their lives around a promise and watched it break. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When men want to kiss you they act like they are just on the brink of doing something that's going to change the whole wide world. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There was a roaring in my ears and I lost track of what they were saying. I believe it was the physical manifestation of unbearable grief. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What other man, ever again, would just do as she commanded, no questions asked? She felt overwhelmed with love and loss and nostalgia for this bond that was not even yet in her past, -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The end was always curled up there between us, like a sleeping cat, present even in our love-making. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I hold on to my adopted shore, chanting private vows: wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need. Let me be a good animal today. Let me dance in the waves of my private tide, the habits of survival and love. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Well, but it's criminal negligence, really. These kids have to grow up and run things. Larger things than a ball field, I mean. What kind of world will they really be able to make? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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south, moving slowly. It looked something like a huge blue-gray shower curtain being drawn along by the hand of God. You could just barely see through it, enough to make -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Why does a person even get up in the morning? You have breakfast, you floss your teeth so you'll have healthy gums in your old age, and then you get in your car and drive down I-10 and die. Life is so stupid I can't stand it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Isn't it crazy? Rich people in the United States don't even know how to use money properly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Nothing was more wonderful than waiting for a happiness you could be sure of. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She wondered if humiliation ever ran its natural course and peeled off, like a sunburn, or just kept blazing. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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King Billy nectaring on the harbinger. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We will change our ways significantly as a nation not when some laws tell us we have to (remember Prohibition?), but when we want to. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Beene-beene. The truest truth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Look, if I don't flirt with you, you should take that as a compliment. I don't always respect myself, but I almost never respect men. They're like flowers all showy, a lot of color and lust. You pick them and throw them on the ground. But you I respect. I always did. From the first day I saw you. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Some of us know how we came by our fortune and some of us don't; but we wear it all the same -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A novel! Why do you say this won't liberate anyone? Where does any man go to be free, whether he is poor or rich or even in prison? To Dostoyevsky! To Gogol! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This came as a strange letdown, to see how the game always went to those who knew the rules without understanding the lesson. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A hundred different paths may lighten the world's load of suffering. Giving up meat is one path; giving up bananas is another. The more we know about our food system, the more we are called into complex choices. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I try to be open-minded. And yet this food writer has less sense than God gave a goose about where food comes from. I'd worked on our relationship, moving through the stages of bafflement, denial, and asking this guy out loud, Where do you live, the moon? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The density of the butterflies in the air now gave her a sense of being underwater, plunged into a deep pond among bright fishes. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You never knew which split second might be the zigzag bolt dividing all that went before from the everything that comes next. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Sometimes history cleaves and for one helpless moment stands still like the pause when the ax splits a log and the two halves rest on end waiting to fall. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Twenty pounds of tomatoes will cook down into a pot of tomato sauce that fits into five one-quart freezer boxes, good for one family meal each. (Be warned, the fragrance of your kitchen will cause innocent bystanders to want to marry you.) -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The way he talked sounded part Yankee, part foreign, like one of those friendly Irish policeman in the old movies: Ouch, mind you! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This is how we celebrate the Day of the Dead in America: by turning up our collars against the scent of earthworms calling us home. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I live in southern Appalachia, so I'm surrounded by people who work very hard for barely a living wage. It's particularly painful that people are working the farms their parents and grandparents worked but aren't living nearly as well. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Remember how we use to pray to get invited to birthday parties? And they only asked us because we were so grateful we'd do anything, stay late and help the mothers wash the cake pans. I'm still that girl, flattered to death if somebody wants me around. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But if we can't summon the empathy to imagine what our dead would have asked of us, or the selflessness to give it, then we must accept the desperately sad verdict that each generation's hopes will die with it, and no cumulative progress is possible for the human will. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I'll never get over my grappling for balance, never stop believing life is going to be fair, the minute we can clear up all these mistakes of the temporarily misguided. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you're standing in the manure pile, it's somebody's job to mention the stink. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I didn't study writing in school, I studied biology as an undergraduate and graduate student. So I think that I write fiction in the scientific way. I love invention, obviously; I love creation of character. But I do feel very rooted in the real world, even in the way that I create characters. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A writer's occupational hazard: I think of eavesdropping as minding my business. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you can't live by the laws the LORD God made for the world, they'll go into effect regardless. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I read in a book that they cut off the workers' hands if they hadn't collected enough rubber by the end of the day. The Belgian foremen would bring baskets full of brown hands back to the boss, piled up like a mess of fish. Could this be true of civilized white Christians? In -- Barbara Kingsolver
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So she was what Hester called a 911 Christian: in the event of an emergency, call the Lord. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You know things are bad when a woman without any legs and who recently lost two of her own kids feels sorry for you. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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One person's picture postcard is someone else's normal. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He was my father. I own half his genes, and all of his history. Believe this: the mistakes are part of the story. I am born of a man who believed he could tell nothing but the truth, while he set down for all time the Poisonwood Bible. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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A disappointed-looking Jesus eyed her from the wall ... Look, look, her steps called out, here is a red headed sinner on the move. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can be as earnest and ridiculous as you need to be, if you don't attempt it in isolation. The ridiculously earnest are known to travel in groups. And they are known to change the world. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Oh, mercy. If it catches you in the wrong frame of mind, the King James Bible can make you want to drink poison in no uncertain terms. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Scientific illiteracy in our populations is leaving too many of us unprepared to discuss or understand much of the damage we are wreaking on our atmosphere, our habitat, and even the food that enters our mouths. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Each food items in a typical U.S. meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles ... If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This is what it means to be alone: everyone is connected to everyone else, their bodies are a bright liquid life flowing around you, sharing a single heart that drives them to move all together. If the shark comes they will all escape, and leave you to be eaten. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He had a white beard and twinkly blue eyes, and all in all gave the impression of what Santa Claus would look like if he'd converted to Christian and gone without a good meal sine last Christmas. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My morning begins with trying not to get up before the sun rises. But when I do, it's because my head is too full of words, and I just need to get to my desk and start dumping them into a file. I always wake with sentences pouring into my head. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's a selfish habit. I never learn anything from listening to myself. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you never stepped on anybody's toes, you never been for a walk. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Your dreams, what you hope for and all that, it's not separate from your life. It grows right up out of it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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Insomnia's different," I said. It was hard to explain this to people. "You know the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator door? Just imagine it stays on all the time, even after you close the door. That's what it's like in my head. The light stays on. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Think of all the duties that were perfectly obvious to Paul or Matthew in that old Arabian desert that are pure nonsense to us now. All that foot washing, for example. Was it really for God's glory or just to keep the sand out of the house? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There's a strange moment in time, after something horrible happens, when you know it's true but you haven't told anyone yet. Of all things, that is what I remember most. It was so quiet. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Sympathizing over the behavior of men is the baking soda of women's friendships, it seems,the thing that makes them bubble and rise. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Once the rains abated, my father's garden thrived in the heat like an unleashed temper. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There are people who read my work and accuse me of being political! As far as I'm concerned that's like accusing a dog of having a bark! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It lasted just a moment, whatever that is. One held breath? An ant's afternoon? It was brief, I can promise that much, for although it's been many years now since my children ruled my life, a mother recalls the measure of the silences. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She told him television was a bad influence. Probably she was right. Like those white birds he's been seeing outside the window, it flashes its wings and promises whatever you want, even before you knew you wanted it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Most every book I bring into the world is like birthing a baby; it's a lot of effort! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A choir of seedlings arching their necks out of rotted tree stumps, sucking life out of death. I am the forest's conscience, but remember, the forest eats itself and lives forever. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Finally, cooking is good citizenship. It's the only way to get serious about putting locally raised foods into your diet, which keeps farmlands healthy and grocery money in the neighborhood. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Already? How can this be?" I would ask, shattered by the terrible truth that I needed a three-ring binder and some #2 pencils. It's not that school was a bad thing. Summer was just so much better. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Southern Appalachians have been ridiculed since the country began. In fiction, they're usually depicted in a cartoonish manner. The region is poor, and very suspicious of outsiders, so there's a sort of 'us versus them' situation. They're easy to poke fun at. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Does a man become a revolutionary out of the belief he's entitled to joy rather than submission? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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One of the very first things I figured out about life ... is that it's better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you're hopeful, you have more fun. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Previously chewed meals. Cub held up one labeled "Monster Machines," but she shook her head. "That's not really what Preston -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My father wears his faith like the bronze breastplate of God's footsoldiers while our mother's is more like a good cloth coat with a secondhand fit. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Love. But the pure kind of love. I don't think that comes very often. Most of us are ordinary. If we do anything great, it's only so we'll be loved ourselves. Maybey just for ten minutes. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I used to think religion was just more of the same thing. Dump responsibility on the big guy. Now I see an importance in that. It's a relief to accept that not everything is under your control. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He doesn't even look at her because there is too much there, and he's afraid. She is his first child, his favorite, every mistake he ever made. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Now, see, that's why you want Internet friends. You can find people just exactly like you. Screw your neighbors and your family, too messy ... the trouble is, once you filter out everybody that doesn't agree with you, all that's left is maybe this one retired surfer guy living in Idaho. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The jacaranda in the courtyard has put on its bloom. This purple can't be ignored, it's like a tree singing. The walk down Londres Street to the market is a concert: the small jacaranda on the the corner hums the tuning note, then all others in the lane join in. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Some of life's greatest calls were answered not by the head but by the body. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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In Congo, a slashed jungle quickly becomes a field of flowers, and scars become the ornaments of a particular face. Call it oppression, complicity, stupefaction, call it what you like, it doesn't matter. Africa swallowed the conqueror's music and sang a new song of her own. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There's nothing like living as a refugee in one's own country to turn a generous soul into a hard little fist. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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As a dinner guest I gratefully eat just about anything that's set before me, because graciousness among friends is dearer to me than any other agenda. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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It's terrible to lose somebody, but it's also true that some people never have anybody to lose, and I think that's got to be so much worse. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Plants do everything animals do, but slowly. They migrate, communicate, deceive, stalk their food and, with an ostentation of styles and perfumes to put the animal kingdom to shame, they make love. It's just that catching them in flagrante delicto might require time-lapse photography. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've about decided that's the main thing that separates happy people from the other people: the feeling that you're a practical item, with a use, like a sweater or a socket wrench. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Pay attention to your dreams; when you go on a trip, in your dreams you will still be home. Then after you've come home you'll dream of where you were. It's a kind of jet lag of the consciousness. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We would not wake up from this nightmare to find out it was someone's real life, and for once that someone wasn't just a poor unlucky nobody in a shack you could forget about. It was our life, the only one we were going to have. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's the worst of bad manners to ridicule the small gesture ... Small, stepwise changes in personal habits aren't trivial. Ultimately they will, or won't, add up to having been the thing that mattered. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If a friend had a coronary scare and finally started exercising three days a week, who would hound him about the other four days? It's the worst of bad manners - and self-protection, I think, in a nervously cynical society - to ridicule the small gesture. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Motherhood is so sentimentalised and romanticised in our culture. It's practically against the law to say there are moments in the day when you hate your children. Everyone actually has those moments. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Awareness is everything. Hallie once pointed out to me that people worry a lot more about the eternity *after* their deaths than the eternity that happened before they were born. But it's the same amount of infinity, rolling out in all directions from where we stand. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Sugar, it's no parade but you'll get down the street one way or another, so you'd just as well throw your shoulders back and pick up the pace. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When you awaken love and laughter, your mind let's go of fear and anxiety, and your happy spirit becomes the healing balm that transforms every aspect of your human experience. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A human being can be good or bad or right or wrong, maybe. But how can you say a person is illegal? You just can't. That's all there is to it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I tried to recall where I had been at sunup that day. It was in St. Louis, Missouri, where they have that giant McDonald's thing towering over the city, -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's what you do that makes your soul. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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On the weekends. He'd mentioned a place called Sweet Briar where he met other scientists. She felt the trailer's absence -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It's discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you look hard enough you can always see reasons, but you'll go crazy if you think it's all punishment for your sins. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A novel has to entertain
that's the contract with the reader: you give me ten hours and I'll give you a reason to turn every page. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Let's go take a walk down to the blue hole. You need to look at some water. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Finally Cub said, "They don't call it global weirding."
"I know. But I think that's actually the idea."
Cub shook his head. "Weather is the Lord's business. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The last generations's worst fears become the next one's B-grade entertainment. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But I've swallowed my pride before, that's for sure. I'm practically lined with my mistakes on the inside like a bad-wallpapered bathroom. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A blank space on a form, the missing page, a void, a hole in your knowledge of someone--it's still some real thing. It exists. You don't get to fill it in with whatever you want. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The better part of friendship might be holding one's tongue over the prospect of self-made wreckage. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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People automatically estimate a mom's IQ at around her children's ages, maybe dividing by the number of kids, rounding up to the nearest pajama size. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I asked Elsie how much food they needed from outside the community. 'Flour and sugar,' she said, and then thought a bit. 'Sometimes we'll buy pretzels as a splurge.'
It crossed my mind that the world's most efficient psychological evaluation would have just one question: Define splurge. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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They all attended Hester's church, which Dellarobia viewed as a complicated pyramid scheme of moral debt and credit resting ultimately on the shoulders of the Lord, but rife with middle managers. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer's block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don't. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Questioning our government's actions does not violate the principles of liberty, equality, and freedom of speech; it exercises them, and by exercise we grow stronger. I have read enough of Thomas Jefferson to feel sure -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The twins too, they've never cared a hoot what they looked like. They spent so much time staring at each other's faces before they were born they can go the rest of their lives passing up mirrors without a glance. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There's people I love. But there's so many other kinds of love, too. And people act so hateful to every kind but their own. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Emelina and I took each other in. All morning I'd felt the strange disjuncture that comes from reconnecting with your past. 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
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It's a great freedom to give up on love, and get on with everything else. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Because I write fiction that is based in the real world, it's going to lead people into some of the modern dilemmas and concerns and even catastrophes that they will think about in a new way. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When I was Turtle's age I had never had anyone or anything important taken from me. I still hadn't. Maybe I hadn't started out with a whole lot, but pretty nearly all of it was still with me. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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WOMEN ON THEIR OWN RUN in Alice's family. This dawns on her with the unkindness of a heart attack and she sits up in bed to get a closer look at her thoughts, which have collected above her in the dark. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Before that I was a scientist. I did research in population biology. And that's what I always go back to, it helps me to remember that people are not the end of the world, although we may be when it comes to it. We're just one species among millions in this world. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A flower is your cousin ... Sometimes a person has got to take a life, like a chicken's or a hog's when you need it ... But nobody is so hungry they need to kill a flower. Cherokee great-grandmother -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In Bobby Ogle's version of heaven everyone would wind up in one place, criminals and Muslims included. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What Aunt Tess loved to say was: Sugar, it's no parade but you'll get down the street one way or another, so you'd just as well throw your shoulders back and pick up your pace. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Food transport has become a bizarre and profitable economic equation that's no longer really about feeding anyone: in our own nation we export 1.1 million tons of potatoes, while we also import 1.4 million tons. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can't let your heart go bad like that, like sour milk. There's always a chance you'll want to use it later. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's monstrous, what one person will do to another. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Less the same in her own home, which she'd had no chance to clean. If neither of these qualified in Hester's mind as valid church-excused emergencies, Dellarobia -- Barbara Kingsolver
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That is surely childhood's end, when you look at a thing like a rabbit needing skinned and have to say: "Nobody else is going to do this. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Our house is like an empty cigarette packet, lying around reminding you what's not in it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've always found people love you best if you can laugh at your own foolish misfortunes and keep mum about everyone else's -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I keep hoping some guy with 'Ron' or 'Andy' stitched on his pocket and a gas pump in his hand will step up and tell me where I'm headed. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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(on asparagus) Europeans of the Renaissance swore by it as an aphrodisiac, and the church banned it from nunneries. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Even the vendors sitting on stools around the periphery work steadily at connection, nodding at potential buyers, like a sewing machine prodding its needle into the cloth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The changes we dread most may contain our salvation. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Perhaps growing up meant we put our knives away and feigned ignorance of the damage. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Global commerce is driven by a single conviction: the inalienable right to earn profit, regardless of any human cost. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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the help of friends I rearranged my small apartment to accommodate a grown-up baby, and warily crept each morning from a -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What a rich wisdom it would be, and how much more bountiful a harvest, to gain pleasure not from achieving personal perfection but from understanding the inevitability of imperfection and pardoning those who also fall short of it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Spring is made of solid, fourteen-karat gratitude, the reward for the long wait. Every religious tradition from the northern hemisphere honors some form of April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But Dovey was one of those people who traveled in a medium-size pod of tardiness on which others came to rely. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There is something in us that loves certain disasters and the fever of this moment and surrendering to that. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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At some time in my life I'd honestly hoped love would rescue me from the cold, drafty castle I lived in. But at another point, much earlier I think, I'd quietly begun to hope for nothing at all in the way of love, so as not to be disappointed. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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At some point in my life I'd honestly hoped love would rescue me from the cold, drafty castle I lived in. But at another point, much earlier I think, I'd quietly begun to hope for nothing at all in the way of love, so as not to be disappointed. It works. It gets to be a habit. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Plot comes first. The plot is the archictecture of your novel. You wouldn't build a house without a plan. If I wrote without a plot, it would just be a pile of bricks. Characters are your servants. They must serve your plot. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If people really gave it full consideration, I mean, like if you could return a baby after thirty days' examination like one of those Time-Life books, then I figure the entire human species would go extinct in a month's time. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A territory is only possessed for a moment in time. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Water, in Grace, is an all-or-nothing proposition, like happiness. When you have rain you have more than enough, just as when you're happy and in love and content with your life, you can't remember how you ever could have felt cheated by fate. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every minute with a child takes seven minutes off your life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What we lose in our great human exodus from the land is a rooted sense, as deep and intangible as religious faith, of why we need to hold on to the wild and beautiful places that once surrounded us. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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It is harrowing for me to try to teach 20-year-old students, who earnestly want to improve their writing. The best I can think to tell them is: Quit smoking, and observe posted speed limits. This will improve your odds of getting old enough to be wise -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The purpose of art is to elevate the spirit or to pay a surgeon's bill. Or both. It can help a person remember or forget. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In the day-to-day, farm work is stress relief for me. At the end of the day, I love having this other career - my anti-job - that keeps me in shape and gives me control over a vegetal domain. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Well, yeah," Dovey said. "That's America. We watch shows about rich people's houses and their designer dresses and we drool. It's patriotic. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There must be transients in the bird world too, rumple-feathered outcasts that naturally seek out each other's company in inferior and dying trees. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You must understand the language of your enemy. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The rule of fishes is the same as the rule of people: if the shark comes, they will all escape, and leave you to be eaten. They share a single jumpy heart that drives them to move all together, running away from danger just before it arrives. Somehow they know. Underneath -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When something extraordinary shows up in your life in the middle of the night, you give it a name and make it the best home you can. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every kid has it tough. Being a little person in a big world with nobody taking you very seriously is tough. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Want is a thing that unfurls unbidden like fungus, opening large upon itself, stopless, filling the sky.
But needs, from one day to the next, are few enough to fit in a bucket, with room enough left to rattle like brittle brush in a dry wind. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My own relationships with the animals in my life are absurdly complex: Some I love, some I eat, and the scraps left over from the ones I eat, I feed to the ones I love. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My thoughts kept straying onto random paths ... hoping to get lost in a thicket. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Might call it a great passion. When the true name of what we're dealing with is greed, or lust. We all have the special talent of believing in a falsehood, and believing it devoutly, when we want it to be true. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I thought everything in the world was already discovered. Already in my books. A lot of dead stuff that put me to sleep. That was the day I understood the world is still living. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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A good title holds magic, some cognitive dissonance, a little grit between the teeth, but above all it is the jumping-off place into wonder. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Codi: Gives you the willies, doesn't it? The thought of raising kids in a place where the front yard ends in a two-hundred-foot drop? [referring to cliff dwellings] Loyd: No worse than raising up kids where the front yard ends in a freeway. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've seen how you can't learn anything when you're trying to look like the smartest person in the room. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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People read books to escape the uncertainties of life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Root out all the "to be" verbs in your prose and bludgeon them until dead. No "It was" or "they are" or "I am." Don't let it be, make it happen. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I had hoped for a pinch of metaphor. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Yet I stake a claim, I am here, for I must be somewhere. But only as a child it seems, struggling to understand what every wife and gentleman passing on the street seems to know by rote. Whom to love, whom to castigate. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In the places that call me out, I know I'll recover my wordless childhood trust in the largeness of life and its willingness to take me in. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Recall that whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of the dirt. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If I had to give up my life for anything, it would have to have the resilience of hope, the elation of new literacy, the brilliant life of a field of flowers, the elementary kindness of bread. Nothing short of that. It would have to be something as sure as love. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My firstborn and my baby both tried to shed me like a husk from the start, and the twins came with a fine interior sight with which they could simply look past me at everything more interesting. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What you lose in blindness is the space around you, the place where you are, and without that you might not exist. You could be nowhere at all. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Damned thing, self-consciousness, like a pitiful stray dog tagging you down the road - so hard to shake off. So easy to get back. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The obstinate practicality of old women pierces and fortifies these families like the steel rods buried in walls of powdery concrete. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The wonder to me now is that I thought my life worth saving ... Desperate to save myself in a river of people saving themselves. And if they chanced to look down and see me struggling underneath them, they saw that even the crooked girl believed her own life was precious. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Thought of the way a tree will keep on growing after a fence is wired around its trunk. The unbelievable force of that expansion. And I let her go. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't yet found a rock to stand on. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Mr. Shepherd, ye cannot stop a bad thought from coming into your head. But ye need not pull up a chair and bide it sit down. - Mrs. Brown -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He had senile dementia and liked to go outside naked, but he could still do two things perfectly: win at checkers and write out prescriptions. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The blossom of our family, like one of those miraculous fruit tress that taps into an invisible vein of nurture and bears radiant bushels of plums while the trees around it merely go on living. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can't know somebody, I thought, till you've followed him home. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There's always more to a story than a body can see from the fenceline. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I don't *ever* write about real people. Art is supposed to be better than that. If you want a slice of life, look out the window. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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His scent burst onto her brain like a rain of lights, causing her to know him perfectly. This is how moths speak to each other. The wrong words are impossible when there are no words. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Her kitchen chairs were equipales that took you in like a hug, which I needed. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Life proceeds, it enrages. The untouched ones spend their luck without a thought, believing they deserve it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The way I see it, a person isn't nothing more than a scarecrow ... The only difference between one that stands up good and one that blows over is what kind of a stick they're stuck up there on. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can't replace people you love with other people ... But you can trust that you're not going to run out of people to love. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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His mustache made two curved lines around the sides of his mouth like parentheses, as if everything he might say would be very quiet, and incidental. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A woman without a man
a condition of 'manlessness'
is defined as alone. But a single mother is less alone than the average housewife. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Mother could go for one year without food, but not one day without her lip sticks. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Nobody had planted these flowers, I felt sure, nor harvested them either; these were works that the Lord had gone ahead and finished on His own. He must have lacked faith in mankind's follow-through capabilities, on the day he created flowers. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I looked hard out the window and understood suddenly that what I saw was full of color. A watercolor wash of summer light lay on the Catalina Mountains. The end of a depression is that clear: it's as if you have been living underwater, but never realized it until you came up for air. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every time I step onto an airplane, I turn to the right and take a good, hard stare into the maw of the engine. I don't know what I'm looking for. I just do it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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What there is in this world I think is a tendency for human errors to level themselves like water throughout there sphere of influence. That's pretty much the whole of what I can say looking back. There is the possibility of balance.Unbearable burden that the world somehow bare with a certain grace. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There will never be another Frida. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Something in me was always watching life from the outside, permanently obsessed with the notion of belonging vs. not-belonging [to a group]. It did not make for a happy childhood, but it was excellent training for a writer. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There is no life raft' you're just freaking swimming all the time. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Cooking is the great divide between good eating and bad. The gains are quantifiable. Cooking and eating at home - even with quality ingredients - costs pennies on the dollar compared with meals prepared by a restaurant or factory. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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For six years, from age nineteen until I turned twenty-five, I did not sleep uninterrupted through a single night ... I felt lucky to get my shoes on the right feet ... I moved forward only, thinking each morning anew that we were leaving the worst behind. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Let's all sing the redneck national anthem: Settle for what you can get. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Everything you're sure is right can be wrong in another place. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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After arriving on the ancestral soil I figured out pretty quickly why that [Italian] heritage swamps all competition. It's a culture that sweeps you in, sits you down in the kitchen, and feeds you so well you really don't want to leave. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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As the storm moved closer it broke into hundreds of pieces so that the rain fell here and there from the high clouds in long, curving gray plumes. It looked like maybe fifty or sixty fires scattered over the city, except that the tall, smoky columns were flowing in reverse. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Feeling that morality has nothing to do with the way you use the resources of the world is an idea that can't persist much longer. If it does, then we won't. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I should like to write my books only for the dear person who lies awake reading in bed until page last, then lets the open book fall gently on her face, to touch her smile or drink her tears. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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How strange to read of a place in a book, and then stand on it, listen to the birds sing, and spit on the cobbles if you want. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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They count that as your birthday
the day your mother gets up."
"Not the day you were born?"
Not the day you came out. They count the mother getting better as all part of the birth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Like kids who only ever get socks for Christmas, but still believe with all their hearts in Santa. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We're animals. We're born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another that is surely the basic instinct - crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Why is it that only girls stand on the sides of their feet? As if they're afraid to plant themselves? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Prodigal summer, the season of extravagant procreation. It could wear out everything in its path with its passionate excesses, but nothing alive with wings or a heart or a seed curled into itself in the ground could resist welcoming it back when it came. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Or the quaking misgivings that infected every step forward, after a loss. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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People had to manage terrible truths. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In summer a young rooster's fancy turns to ... how can I say this delicately? The most ham-fisted attempts at courtship I've ever had to watch. (And yes, I'm including high school.) -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Prayer had always struck me as more or less a glorified attempt at a business transaction. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She watched the dark highway and entertained me with her vegetable-soup song, except that now there were people mixed in with the beans and potatoes: Dwayne Ray, Mattie, Esperanza, Lou Ann and all the rest.
And me. I was the main ingredient. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The room looks as if a giant dog after a large lunch of food, socks, paints, trousers and pencils, walked into that room and vomited everywhere. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Arguments could fill a marriage like water, running through everything, always, with no taste or color but lots of noise. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Solitude is a human presumption. Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot, a tug of impalpable thread on the web pulling mate to mate and predator to prey, a beginning or an end. Every choice is a world made new for the chosen. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He could construct defeat from any available material and live inside it, but for once Dellarobia didn't go there with him. She was going ahead. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When push comes to shove, a mother takes care of her children from the bottom up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I love developing children as characters. Children rarely have important roles in literary fiction - they are usually defined as cute or precious, or they create a plot by being kidnapped or dying. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Hallie and I ... were all there was. The image in the mirror that proves you are still here. We had exactly one sister apiece. We grew up knowing the simple arithmetic of scarcity: A sister is more precious than an eye. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Like many human beings, he took the least sign of conversation as his cue to make noise. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every time I write a new novel about something sombre and sobering and terrible I think, 'oh Lord, they're not going to want to go here'. But they do. Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The traffic was moving about the speed of a government -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We tap our toes to chaste love songs about the silvery moon without recognizing them as hymns to copulation. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I was exhausted but also for the first time in weeks I felt sleepiness, that rare, delicious liqueur, soaking into my body like blotter paper. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This is how moths speak to each other. They tell their love across the fields by scent. There is no mouth, the wrong words are impossible, either a mate is there or he is not, and if so the pair will find each other in the dark. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Colonial American and Australian schoolchildren once memorized poems about British skylarks while the blue jays or cockatoos (according to continent) squawked outside, utterly ignored. The dominant culture has a way of becoming more real than the stuff at hand. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She understands all at once, with a small shock, exactly what it is she always needed to tell Harland: being there in person is not the same as watching. You might see things better on television, but you'll never know if you were alive or dead while you watched. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You think you're the foreigner here, and I'm the American, and I just look the other way while the President or somebody sends down this and that ... to torture people with. But nobody asked my permission, okay? Sometimes I feel like I'm a foreigner, too. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I could see that the whole idea and business of Childhood was nothing guaranteed. It seemed to me, in fact, like something more or less invented by white people and stuck onto the front end of grown-up life like a frill on a dress. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In Kilanga, people knew nothing of things they might have had - a Frigidaire? a washer-dryer combination? Really, they'd sooner imagine a tree that could pull up its feet and go bake bread. It didn't occur to them to feel sorry for themselves. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I write every moment that is humanly possible. I write every day and every night. The only discipline I lack is the discipline is to quit. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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After 'The Poisonwood Bible' was published, several people believed that my parents were missionaries, which could not be further from the truth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I had decided early on that if I couldn't dress elegant, I'd dress memorable. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I did it to win love, and to prove myself capable. Not to move mountains. In my opinions, mountains don't move. They only look changed when you look down on them from great height. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Engineered genes don't play by the rules that have organized life for three billion years (or, if you prefer, 4,004). And in this case, winning means loser takes all. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Households that have lost the soul of cooking from their routines may not know what they are missing: the song of a stir-fry sizzle, the small talk of clinking measuring spoons, the yeasty scent of rising dough, the painting of flavors onto a pizza before it slides into the oven. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I considered her my ally, because, like me, she was imperfect. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A sound-bite culture can't discuss science very well. Exactly what we're losing when we reduce biodiversity, the causes and consequences of global warming-these traumas can't be adequately summarized in an evening news wrap-up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars. Like I was that good. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Corn syrup and added fats have been outed as major ingredients in fast food, but they hide out in packaged foods too, even presumed-innocent ones like crackers. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If a shipment of ground beef somehow gets contaminated with pathogens, our federal government does not have authority to recall the beef, only to request that the company issue a recall. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Certain ramshackle aspects of Dellarobia had also gone undercover, it seemed, just like the snow-covered barns. Some defects lurked, but for now her way seemed clear. She'd made plans. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I felt emptied-out and singing with echoes, unrecognizable to myself: that particular feeling like your own house on the day you move out. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Memories do not always soften with time; some grow edges like knives. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He warned Mother not to flout God's Will by expecting too much of us. Sending a girl to college is like pouring water in your shoes,' he still loves to say, as often as possible. 'It's hard to say which is worse, seeing it run out and waste the water, or seeing it hold in and wreck the shoes. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can fool history sometimes, but you can't fool the memory of your intimates. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I became determined to know a few steps more of that path every day. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Dellarobia watched the void of this man where once there had been wonder, and she despaired of her future. In such a short time he had relieved her of a lifetime of illusions, and already she missed them. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Given my own circumstances, I find that anything can turn out to belong nearly anywhere. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Food culture in the United States has long been cast as the property of a privileged class. It is nothing of the kind. Culture is the property of a species. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He's not from here, that's the thing," Cub said.
"Just because he's the outsider, he has no say? Should we not read books, then, or listen to nobody outside this county? Where's that going to leave us? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Over the phone, her laughter sounded like a warm bath. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's tough to break yourself as news to a town that already knows you. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The unbearable persistence of hope -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Being a peacock is not the only way to hide yourself, Frida. A pigeon can hide.
Lacuna -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It was hard to feel the remotest sympathy for any of the different fools she'd been. As opposed to the fool she was being now. People hang on to that one, she thought: the fool they are right now. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Poetry feels like a country I visit without a passport, where I look around furtively, grab hold of something precious, and try to smuggle it back across the border. Any poem I get written down feels like contraband to me. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I'm not pretending to be ingenuous; I know what I'm doing. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The sloped desert plain that lay between us and the city was like a palm stretched out for a fortuneteller to read, with its mounds and hillocks, its life lines and heart lines of dry stream beds. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My prior experience with young men was to hear them swear 'Christ almighty in the craphouse!' at any dress with too many buttons. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It occurs to her that there is one thing about people you can never understand well enough: how entirely inside themselves they are. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There is not justice in this world. Father, forgive me wherever you are, but this world has brought one vile abomination after another down on the heads of the gentle, and I'll not live to see the meek inherit anything. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The larger the corporation, the more distant its motives are apt to be from the original spirit of organic farming - and the farther the products will likely be shipped to buyers who will smile at the happy farm picture on the package, and never be the wiser. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Which makes you wonder, are they really speaking real words or do little kids just start out naturally understanding each other before the prime of life sets in? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She whirled around and threw the spatula, not missing my head by all that wide of a margin. I was shocked, not so much by her language but by the strength of that pitch. Usually Rachel threw underhanded and was no threat at all. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She looked like Cinderella in reverse, stepped out from her life at the ball for a day of misery among the ashes. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Friends, there is nothing like your own family to make you appreciate strangers! -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Oh, whatever would I do without my child-progeny sister to tell me what to do."
"Prodigy," I corrected. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Back then I was still appalled that God would set down his barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microes that eat the human cornea. Now I understand, God is not just rooting fo the dollies. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I think most people are the same. Until they've gone somewhere. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What keeps me awake at the wheel is the thrill of trying something completely new with each book. I'm not a risk-taker in life, generally speaking, but as a writer I definitely choose the fast car, the impossible rock face, the free fall. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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After a while Estevan said, What I really hate is not belonging in any place. To be unwanted everywhere. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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And all of us with our closed eyes smelled the frangipani blossoms in the big rectangles of open wall, flowers so sweet they conjure up sin or heaven, depending on which way you are headed. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The past is all we know of the future. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Everything, she wanted to scream at him, was a question of safety. All human endeavor bent itself to the same lost cause. Being kept inside a pumpkin shell your whole life was no guarantee against getting flung into space. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The longer the sauce cooks, the spicier it gets. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I wonder that religion can live or die on the strength of a faint, stirring breeze. The scent trail shifts, causing the predator to miss the pounce. One god draws in the breath of life and rises; another god expires. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You always need that spark of imagination. Sometimes I'm midway through a book before it happens. However, I don't wait for the muse to descend, I sit down every day and I work when I'm not delivering lambs on the farm. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I struggle with confidence, every time. I'm never completely sure I can write another book. Maybe my scope is too grand, my questions too hard, surely readers won't want to follow me here. A novel is like a cathedral, it knocks you down to size when you enter into it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I know I have to write about the things that keep me awake at night. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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And here is the shocking plot twist: as farmers produced those extra calories, the food industry figured out how to get them into the bodies of people who didn't really want to eat 700 more calories a day. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every betrayal contains a perfect moment, a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But it's also true that some people never have anybody to lose, and I think that's got to be so much worse." After -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The first steps toward stewardship are awareness, appreciation, and the
selfish desire to have the things around for our kids to see. Presumably the
unselfish motives will follow as we wise up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The most assiduous task of parenting is to divine the difference between boundaries and bondage. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I lost a child," she said, meeting Lusa's eyes directly. "I thought I wouldn't live through it. But you do. You learn to love the place somebody leaves behind for you. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've seen many a small life meet its doom at the end of a beak in our yard, not just beetles and worms but salamanders and wild-eyed frogs. (The "free-range vegetarian hens" testimony on an egg-carton label is perjury, unless someone's trained them with little shock collars.) -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. I can't begin to understand the question. For me, the discipline is turning off the computer and leaving my desk to do something else. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Were the beaux less generous over time? Her assets less marketable? If she had lived to be old, would she have resided in a teacup, to be sipped at intervals beneath some gray moustache? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We seem to be built with a faulty gauge for moderation. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. And peace will be with you. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Feminine' was a test like some witch trial she was preordained to fail. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The essential ingredient of authorship is authority. You hunt it out in a library, you chase it down the street, or you knit it from the fiber of your own will. From somewhere, you get it. You begin -- Barbara Kingsolver
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On the hill behind her crows flew one by one into the bare trees, arranging their dark blots in the scrim of branches and adding their warnings to the drear sounds of this day. Gone, gone, they rasped. Here was a dead world learning to speak in dissonant, unbearable sounds. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Wardrobe of Denial. Blanchie glanced -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But don't you want lots of money?"
"Beene, I spent many years working for the Belgians in the rubber plantation at Coquilhatville, and I saw rich men there. They were always unhappy and had very few children. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Several studies, including research done by Allison Byrum of the American Chemical Society, have shown fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides and herbicides to contain 50 to 60 percent more antioxidants than their sprayed counterparts. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The giant beech next door intends to shiver off every hair of its pelt. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Christmas music fills our ears with tales of a Palestinian miracle birth, a generous Turkish saint whom the Dutch dressed in a red suit, and a Druid ceremonial tree ... I -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My "Kentucky NCAA Champions" shirt was by now so bloodstained, you would think I had worn it to a North Carolina game. Also, I had feathers sticking to my hair. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But children robbed of love will dwell on magic. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He lifts her breasts, which fit perfectly into his hands, though he knows this is no promise that he gets to keep them. A million things you can't have will fit in a human hand. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I know I'm a rare person, a trained scientist who writes fiction, because so few contemporary novelists engage with science. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You can't really know the person standing before you, because always there is some missing piece -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's as if cats live in a seperate universe that takes up the same space as ours, but is full of facinating things like mice or sparrows or special TV programs that we can't see. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Do not expect God's protection in places beyond God's dominion. It will only make you feel punished. I'm warning you. When things go badly, you will blame yourself. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you ask me, that's reason enough to keep a kitchen at the center of a family's life, as a place to understand favorite foods as processes, not just products. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I rarely think of poetry as something I make happen; it is more accurate to say that it happens to me. Like a summer storm, a house afire, or the coincidence of both on the same day. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Away, down below now, single file on the path, comes a woman with four girls in tow, all of them in shirtwaist dresses. Seen from above this way they are pale, doomed blossoms, bound to appeal to your sympathies. Be careful. Later on you'll have to decide what sympathy they deserve. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A taste for better stuff is cultivated only through experience. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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God speaks for the silent man. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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They said it was to be a revolutionary house, free of class struggle, no servants' rooms because they didn't believe in laundry maids or cooks.
Nobody does, really. Why should they? Only in having clean clothes, clean floors, and enchiladas tapatias. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Come to think of it, just about every tool was shaped like either a weenie or a pistol, depending on your point of view. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Arterial-plaque specials that save minutes now can cost years, later on. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You just read your books and go on a hundred miles away, You ignore me. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Said, sounding a little nervous. Skipping ahead to Everyday Necessities. Try your best to buy reused. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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From my earliest memory, times of crisis seemed to end up with women in the kitchen preparing food for men. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When moral superiority combines with billowing ignorance, they fill up a hot-air balloon that's awfully hard not to poke. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My future was mapped in negatives. Next year, I could be anywhere but here. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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For me, writing time has always been precious, something I wait for and am eager for and make the best use of. That's probably why I get up so early and have writing time in the quiet dawn hours, when no one needs me. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Most of my books have been about the complex ways an individual depends on community. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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To think is not always to see. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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All of the promises of politicians, generals, madmen, and crusaders that war can create peace have yet to be borne out. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Because I could not stop for death he kindly stopped for me, or paused at least to strike a glancing blow with his sky-blue mouth as he passed. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If I kept trying to be what everybody wanted, I'd soon be insipid enough to fit in everywhere. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She has changed in this way that motherhood changes you, so that you forget you ever had time for small things like despising the color pink. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My heart had grown older, with more in it to break. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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For God's sake, man," Ovid nearly shouted, "the damn globe is catching fire, and the islands are drowning. The evidence is staring them in the face. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Don't you miss it, any of it?'
...
'I couldn't say.' She thought about it. 'Not cars or electric lights, not movies. Books I can get if I ask. But walking around in a library, putting my hands on books I never knew about, that I miss. Any thing else, I don't know. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Pay attention to your passions. They are the key to starting and finishing the book you are meant to write. I don't believe in talent. I believe in passion. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Soon the maroon-throated howls would echo back from the other trees, father down the beach, until the whole jungle filled with roaring trees. As it was in the beginning, so it is every morning of the world. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Many of us who aren't farmers or gardeners still have some element of farm nostalgia in our family past, real or imagined: a secret longing for some connection to a life where a rooster crows in the yard. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Well, the ancients might not have been very heroic. Most of them were probably like Mother, crouched somewhere trying to work out how to make fake jawbone jewelry that would look like the real thing. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The color brown, I realized, is anything but nondescript. It comes in as many hues as there are colors of earth, with is commonly presumed infinite. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Lies are infinite in number, and the truth so small and singular. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Somehow it had come to pass that this man was her whole world, and she had failed to take his measure. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Those of us who give body and soul to projects that never seem to end- child rearing, housecleaning, gardening- know the value of the occasional closed door. We need our moments of declared truce. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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All hope and future lost in a day. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Why should it feel so risky to count concretely on a future? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's a fact of our culture that the loudest mouths get the most airplay, and the loudmouths are saying that in times of crisis it's treasonous to question our leaders. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Alice hands Annawake a handkerchief. Young people never carry them, she's noticed. They haven't yet learned that heartbreak can catch up to you on any given day. p. 285 -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Children - even when they have endured the unthinkable - have a gift for divining the moment when the grown-ups really need to lighten up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Bitter words normally evaporate with the moisture of breath, after a quarrel. In order to become permanent, they require transcribers, reporters, complicit black hearts. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A quick way to improve food-related fuel economy would be to buy a quart of motor oil and drink it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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For Lou Ann, life itself was a life-threatening enterprise. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Jesus was a more reliable backer, evidently, less likely to drink himself unconscious or get liver cancer. No wonder people chose Him as their number-one friend. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You force people to stop asking questions, and before you know it they have auctioned off the question mark, or sold it for scrap. No boldness. No good ideas for fixing what's broken in the land. Because if you happen to mention it's broken, you are automatically disqualified. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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To stomp about the world ignoring cultural differences is arrogant, to be sure, but perhaps there is another kind of arrogance in the presumption that we may ever really build a faultless bridge from one shore to another, or even know where the mist has ceded to landfall. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Love changes everything. I never suspected it would be so. Requited love, I should say ... -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Small change, small wonders - these are the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Modern people are just like ancient ones, only more numerous. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The first sentence of a book is a promise. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Hope is a renewable option:
If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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For if there is any single thing that everyone hopes for most dearly, it must be this: that the youngest outlive the oldest. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Modern US consumers now get to taste less than 1 percent of the vegetable varieties that were grown here a century ago. Those old-timers now lurk only in backyard gardens and on farms that specialize in direct sales
if they survive at all. Many heirlooms have been lost entirely. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I don't look like who I am. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Having children was not like people said. Forget training them in your footsteps; the minute they put down the teething ring and found the Internet, you were useless as a source of anything but shoes and a winter coat. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The march of human progress seemed mainly a matter of getting over that initial shock of being here. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I was trained in classical piano, but it kind of dawned on me that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of us get to play 'Blue Moon' in a hotel lobby. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The most important part of a story is the piece of it you don't know. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I thought: this is how life is, ridiculous beyond comprehension. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The arrogance of the able-bodied is staggering. Yes, maybe we'd like to be able to get places quickly, and carry things in both hands, but only because we have to keep up with the rest of you. We would rather be just like us, and have that be all right. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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she considered a language that could carry nothing but love and simple truth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one. You know what Hester told me when we were working the sheep one time? She said it's no good to complain about your flock, because it's the put-together of all your past choices. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Here in the eastern woodlands we have the black, common, tulip, and white morels, and one unfortunate little cousin called (I am so sorry) the Dog Pecker. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A million dead butterflies, she said. Sorry as hell they ever landed here. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Sometimes I've survived anger only one minute at a time, by saying to myself again and again that the best kind of revenge is some kind of life beyond this, some kind of goodness. And I can lay no claim to goodness until I can prove that mean people have not made me mean. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Americans who read and think are patriots of the first order. The kind who know enough to roll their eyes whenever anyone tries to claim sole custody of the flag and weild it as a blunt instrument. There are as many ways to love America as there are Americans, and our country needs us all. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've just fallen on some bad luck and landed jelly side down. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Nine-tenths of human law is about possession. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's the one thing we never quite get over: that we contain our own future. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I have my own sheep and I literally sheer the sheep and knot sweaters for friends and family from scratch. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Killing is a culturally loaded term, for most of us inextricably tied up with some version of a command that begins, "Thou shalt not." Every faith has it. And for all but perhaps the Jainists of India, that command is absolutely conditional. We know it does not refer to mosquitoes. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In the long run, most of us spend about fifteen minutes total in the entanglements of passion, and the rest of our days looking back on it, humming the tune. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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My worst nightmare is being stuck somewhere with nothing to read. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I can count all the ways in which being a mother has enriched my understanding of the world, of character, my sense of the future and my attachment to it. I can't imagine what kind of writer I'd be if I didn't have my kids. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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To live is to be marked, to live is to change, to die one hundred deaths. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The sting of a fly, the Congolese say, can launch the end of the world. How simply things begin. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Why must some of us deliberate between brands of toothpaste while others deliberate between damp dirt and bone dust to quiet the fire of an empty stomach lining? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Silence has many advantages. When you do not speak, other people presume you to be deaf or feeble-minded and promptly make a show of their own limitations. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If we can't, as artists, improve on real life, we should put down our pencils and go bake bread. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I shrugged. I saw a Star Trek episode one time that was along those lines. All the women on this whole planet end up naked. I can't remember exactly, but I think Captain Kirk gets turned into a pipe wrench. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I don't understand how any good art could fail to be political. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Honk if you love Jesus, text while driving if you want to meet up. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He behaves as if he had no dead children. The real Leandro never comes here. He only pretends. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When I'm in a blue mood, I head for the kitchen. I turn the pages of my favorite cookbooks, summoning the prospective joyful noise of a shared meal. I stand over a bubbling soup, close my eyes, and inhale. From the ground up, everything about nourishment steadies my soul. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Children can be your heartache. But that doesn't matter, you have to go on and have them ... it works out. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I prefer to remain anomalous. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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If you can't dress expensive, dress memorable. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Because nothing wondrous can come in this world unless it rests on the shoulders of kindness. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Do you know, I spent the first half of my life avoiding motherhood and tires, and now I'm counting them as blessings? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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48-point type, a letter size that big-city newspapers probably reserve for special occasions such as Armageddon. Out here in the heartland, we are not waiting that long. Our local paper's stance on the great big headline letters is: You got 'em, you use 'em. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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-"What do you think people want, if it's not greatness and to be remembered for all time?"
-"Mostly? I believe people want to eat a good lunch, and then take a good piss. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She married him two years ago for love, or so she thought, and he's a good enough man but a devotee of household silence. His idea of marriage is to spray WD-40 on anything that squeaks ... The quiet only subsides when Harland sleeps and his tonsils make up for lost time. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I don't bring expectations to any of my books. I don't tell people what to do. I want to invite them in. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Take one trip overland here and you'll know forever that a road in the jungle is a sweet, flat, impossible dream. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It is true I do not speak as well as I can think. But that is true of most people, as nearly as I can tell. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The substance of grief is not imaginary. It's as real as rope or the absence of air, and like both those things, it can kill. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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On the day of the hunt I came to know in the slick center of my bones this one thing: all animals kill to survive, and we are animals. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You see mother, you had no life of your own. They have no idea. One has only a life of one's own. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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"You make cheese yourself," she repeated reverently. "You are a real housewife." It has taken me decades to get here, but I took that as a compliment. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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We went on record as half-bad musicians having wholehearted lives. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've been thinking about that. About how your kids aren't really yours, they're just these people that you try to keep an eye on, and hope you'll all grow up someday to like each other and still be in one piece. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I'll lead you to the river of knowledge. You can catch your own damn fish. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You know reviewers, they are the wind in their own sails. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Poor thing, thought Garnett, to have to commit yourself so hard to one moment of poor judgment. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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So he just stood there brewing like a coffeepot. Onlywith a coffeepot you know exactly what's going to come out of it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A meaningless phrase repeated again and again begins to resemble truth. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In almost thirty years of walking around on the grass of the world, she couldn't recall having spent two minutes alone with a butterfly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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To people who think of themselves as God's houseguests, American enterprise must seem arrogant beyond belief. Or stupid. A nation of amnesiacs, proceeding as if there were no other day but today. Assuming the land could also forget what had been done to it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Natalya hugged him hard, already torn with remorse over the forces that govern this family. "No, Seva, you won't be allowed to capture it," she said.
"Your grandfather believes in freedom. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The truth needs so little rehearsal. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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People love to read about sins and errors, but not their own. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There is no perfect time to write. There is only now. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It's frightening when things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Don't wait for the muse. She has a lousy work ethic. Writers just write. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I knew Rome was burning, but I had just enough water to scrub the floors, so I did what I could. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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High fashion has the shelf life of potato salad. And when past its prime, it is similarly deadly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When the public nerve is aroused, the most impressive capacity of man is his skill for lying. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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There is no point in 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. Cynthia -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Animals behaved with purpose, it seemed. Unlike people. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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She'd heard theories in her time regarding the number-one enemy of everything, ranging from Osama bin Laden to premarital sex. The dust theory she liked. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I'd written. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In fact, one of the things that I really love about literary fiction is that it's one of the few kinds of writing that doesn't tell us what to think or what to buy or what to wear. We're surrounded by advertising. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I believe that the people who survive a cataclysm, rather than those who stand by and analyze it, are nearly always the more credible witnesses to their own history. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But luck is just throwing dice. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He was getting that look he gets, oh boy, like Here comes Moses tromping down off of Mount Syanide with ten fresh ways to wreck your life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Jazon and Mical. What kind of mother misspelled her kids' names on purpose? -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I've never gotten over high school, to the extent that I'm still a little surprised that my friends want to hang out with me. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I think maybe it is true that the idle mind is the Devil's workshop. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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This is how Americans think. You believe that if something terrible happens to someone, they must have deserved it. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I'd forgotten how trees full of bird sounds made you sense the world differently: that life didn't just stop at eye level. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What you hold in your hands right now, beneath these words, is consecrated air and time and sunlight and, first of all, a place. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Fiction and essays can create empathy for the theoretical stranger. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I never think that anything I'm writing is bluntly political in any way. I'm not going for commentary. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Hunger of the body is altogether different from the shallow, daily hunger of the belly. Those who have known this kind of hunger cannot entirely love, ever again, those who have not. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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School is about two parts ABCs to fifty parts Where Do I Stand in the Great Pecking Order of Humankind. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The loudest sound on earth, she thought, is a man with nothing to do. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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You don't ask questions of an attic -- Barbara Kingsolver
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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
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It takes some courage to write fiction about politically controversial topics. The dread is you'll be labeled a political writer. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Poor Congo, barefoot bride of men who took her jewels and promised the Kingdom. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Even the bells from the churches have a conversation, all ringing at once. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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No other continent has endured such an unspeakably bizarre combination of foreign thievery and foreign goodwill. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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People ask without wanting to know. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Two dots an inch apart, as small and tidy as punctuation marks at the end of a sentence none of us could read. The sentence would have started somewhere just above her heart. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Eaters must understand, how we eat determines how the world is used. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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One way of surviving heartache is to stay busy. Making something right in at least one tiny corner of the vast house of wrongs... -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Your own family resemblances are a frustrating code, most easily read by those who know you least. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Mountains. They stand at every view, like a mother offering a blanket in which to wrap everyday life and shelter it from useless. dreads. In june they are walls of white rhodendron blossom. In autumn the forests set themselves afflame with color. Even winter has its icy charms. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A flower is a plant's way of making love. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In my opinion, mountains don't move. They only look changed when you look down on them from a greaty height. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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He needs to go rub his soul against life. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Summer's heat had never really arrived, nor the cold in it's turn, and everything living now seemed to yearn for sun with the anguish of the unloved. The world of sensible seasons had come undone. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I found the right (Valentine) card to send her. On the cover there were hearts, and it said, "Here's hoping you'll soon have something big and strong around the house to open those tight jar lids." Inside was a picture of a pipe wrench. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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No one seemed to realize calculating sums requires only the most basic machinery and good concentration. Poetry is far more difficult. And palindromes, with their perfect, satisfying taste: Draw a level award! Yet it is always the thin gray grocery sums that make an impression. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Here, bodily damage is more or less considered to be a by-product of living, not a disgrace. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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When the spirit passed through him he groaned, throwing body and soul into his weekly purge. The "Amen enema", as I call it. My palindrome for the Reverend. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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How would you even begin to make a hush puppy, what in the world was in one? Nothing to do with a puppy, surely. Garnett had long known, though he didn't much like to admit it, that God's world and the better part of daily life were full of mysteries known only to women. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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It was his habit, when he rewrote anything, to shed himself of all earlier versions. He kept a clean house. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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But being a stay-at-home mom was the loneliest kind of lonely, in which she was always and never by herself. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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The human person cannot face up to a bad outcome, that's just the deal. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Most of them don't know what communism is, could not pick it out of a lineup. They only know what anticommunism is. The two are practically unrelated. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I can think of no honorable answer. Why must some of us deliberate between brands of toothpaste, while others deliberate between damp dirt and bone dust to quiet the fire of an empty stomach lining? There is nothing about the United States I can really explain to this child of another world. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I wish I could go visit them and talk in my own language, the English I knew before I grew thorns on my tongue. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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I look at my four boys, who are the colors of silt, loam, dust, and clay, an infinite palette for children of their own, and I understand that time erases whiteness altogether. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Moths must fly to his flame and perish gladly. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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What keeps you going isn't just some fine destination but the road you're on and the fact you know how to drive. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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A woman knows she can walk away from a pot to tend something else and the pot will go on boiling; if she couldn't, this world would end at once. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Being a novelist and being a mother have exactly coincided in my life: the call from my agent saying that I had a contract for my first novel - that was on my answering phone message when I got back from the hospital with my first child. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Be careful what you give children, for sooner or later you are sure to get it back. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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In the first hour of dawn, just as the hem of the sky began to whiten. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Like Daniel she enteres the lions' den, but lacking Daniel's pure and unblemished soul, Ada is spiced with the flavors of vice that make for a tasty meal. Pure and unblemished souls must taste very bland, with an aftertaste of bitterness. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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Daddy and I got married kind of accidentally. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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only a silkworm. -- Barbara Kingsolver
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At home, growing up, we weren't really poor. We had everything we needed, we just didn't have what we wanted. -- Barbara Kingsolver