By the way, is there anything sadder than toys on a grave?

A person lives for years, touches so many people, and then at the end winds up just a small picture and a few paragraphs in the paper, the paper gets thrown away, and it's all over.

Daddy gave me real useful information to protect me in the real world. If anyone hits me, I'm not to hit them back. I wait until their back is turned, then hit them in the head with a brick.

You know, a heart can be broken, but it still keeps a-beating just the same.

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide … And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and light —JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.

The band did a salute to Stephen Foster and played 'Beautiful Dreamer' and we formed a bed. Then we played 'My Old Kentucky Home' while the majorettes slowly pranced like horses. We finished with 'I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair', we formed a comb. Miss Philpot is running out of ideas if you ask me.

I hate a book that jumps around. Also I can promise.

I wonder how many people don't get the one they want, but end up with the one they're supposed to be with.

All those calm, adult discussions. When all she really wanted to do was scream for her momma, her sweet momma, the one person in the world who loved her better than anyone ever would or ever could.

I think most people are confused about life, because it's not just one thing going on, said Elner. It's many things going on at the same time. Life is both sad and happy, simple and complex, all at the same time.

I don't know. I just feel all wicky-wacky. I'm just thrown for a loop and back. I can't even think about what to do.

Nobody was ever really ready to turn off their mother's machine, no matter what they thought; to turn off the light of their childhood and walk away, just as if they were turning out a light and leaving a room.

Well, they are trying to get rid of Christianity and once they do that, then you watch. Our taxes will go up and they'll take all our guns away and the next thing you know, a communist or a socialist will get in the White House and then it will be all over.

Her good weight was 150 pounds, and 178 pounds was her top. Consequently, Brenda had three different sets of clothes hanging in her closet, labeled GOOD, MEDIUM and FAT AS A HOG.

Do you think that your worrying can prevent anything from happening? Whatever happens is supposed to happen and whatever doesn't, isn't.

Churches were shut down and Stanislaw's father and three uncles had been sent to prison camps for speaking out.

I just wonder how many people never get the one they want, and wind up with the one they're supposed to be with.

You cain't dwell on sadness, oh, it'll make you sick faster than anything in this world.

It was the story of her life and probably how she had survived this long: with a little talent and a lot of flair.

Every time they have somebody born in the movies, it is a little boy. They never have little girls being born. What makes boys so great and woooonnnderfullll? I can do anything a boy can do.

Now, I'm not saying they can help it, all I am saying is that in order for this world to keep on progressing the women have got to run things. The trick is to do it without them knowing it.

When she finally was able to order a martini, the first sip nearly knocked her head off. It was so strong. And how surprised she was that scotch tasted more like iodine than butterscotch candy. Two of the great disappointments in her life.

It was a stretch to imagine that Barbara Walters might want to give it all up for Ed Couch, but Evelyn tried her hardest. Of course, even though she was not religious, it was a comfort to know that the Bible backed her up in being a doormat.

The food in the South is as important as food anywhere because it defines a person's culture.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. —ALBERT EINSTEIN.

Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!

She was too hurt to cry….You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.

When you live long enough to see your children begin to look at you with different eyes, and you can look at them not as your children, but as people, it’s worth getting older with all the creaks and wrinkles.

I think that people that are not sensitive, who seem to bang through life, do survive, but I don't think they get the really soaring feelings that people who are more artistically bent can get.

You think people are some kind of pure, white feathered birds flying in the clouds. They're not. They're pigs and they love to wallow in the mud and dirt.

Damn, I'm Miss Mississippi!

Mrs. Threadgoode pulled something out of the Cracker Jack box and all of a sudden her eyes lit up. Oh Evelyn, look! Here's my prize. It's a little miniature chicken… just what I like! and she held it out for her friend to see.

The little girl knew if she bit any member of her family, they would get rabies too, and she died without ever having been petted. I cried so hard Mrs. Underwood had to take me to the school nurse.

After the boy at the supermarket had called her those names, Evelyn Couch had felt violated. Raped by words. Stripped of Everything.

That's what I'm living on now, honey, dreams, dreams of what I used to do.

Buddy, night and day. We even started calling her Cupid. Idgie was.

His motto: Screw the little people. He had lied before, and he would lie again. Ethics were for suckers.

There are magnificent beings on this earth, son, that are walking around posing as humans.

It's funny, when you're a child you think time will never go by, but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you're on the fast train.

On every door the management had placed a photograph of the person so they could find their room. As he went by he saw face after face of someone who used to be young.

Those memories were still there, and tonight, he sat searching for them, just like always, grabbing at moonbeams. Every once in a while he would catch one and take a ride, and it was like magic.

I just know there's an albino living in the colored quarters. I can feel it in my bones.

Being an only child and losing both my parents at an early age, I have found that the friends I have made over the years are the people who help me get through life, good times and bad.

After Elner Shimfissle accidentally poked that wasps' nest up in her fig tree, the last thing she remembered was thinking Uh-oh.

It's always the darkest just before the glorious dawn.

Hazel always used to say There's not enough darkness in the entire universe to snuff out the light of just one little candle.

Having children is no guarantee that you'll get visitors … No, it isn't.

Remember, Sookie, nothing says more about a family than good silver and real pearls. The rest is just fluff.

And when you wonder where I am, just look up at the sun and that's where I'll be.