How can we presume to uplift the life of the working man, if we don't respect his work?

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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When he marched to the altar, all the women in smart hats leaned away from the aisle, their long strands of pearls all swaying to one side as if the deck of a ship listed beneath them.

A flower is a plant's way of making love.

I don't know how you go on, but I really hope you'll keep doing it. That you won't give up esperanza. I thought of that last night. Esperanza is all you get, no second chances. What you have to do is try and think of reasons to stick it out.

Mi'ija, in a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is to make things as right as we can.

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.

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.

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.

Lately whenever I'd scratched somebody's surface I'd turned up a ghost story.

I believe I'm very happy.

It is possible to establish zero tolerance for murder as a solution to anything.

You could allow a gentleman the privacy of his piss.

Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.

What a knot of history one mistake can become.

Misunderstanding is my cornerstone. It's everyone's, come to think of it. Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet.