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Barbara Kingsolver Quotes

"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."

"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."

"Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off."

"The truth needs so little rehearsal."

"We're animals. We're born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts."

"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."
Life

"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."
Life

"It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time."

"It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't."

"Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain."

"Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier."

"What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive."

"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."

"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope."

"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."

"It wasn't a matter of courage or dreams, but something a whole lot simpler. A pilot would call it ground orientation. I'd spent a long time circling above the clouds, looking for life, while Hallie was living it."

"The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brains and in your hands, wherever you go... It's one thing to carry your life wherever you go. Another thing to always go looking for it somewhere else."

"Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin."

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