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

Barbara Kingsolver

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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The policy of our nation is made in cities, controlled largely by urban voters who aren't well informed about the changes on the face of our land, and the men and women who work it.

Humans are in love with the idea of our persisting,' he said. 'We fetishize it, really. Our retirement funds, our genealogies. Our so-called ideas for the ages.

Poor Congo, barefoot bride of men who took her jewels and promised the Kingdom.

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.

I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I'd written.

He would have no inkling of the great slog of effort that tied up people like her in the day-to-day.

Your own family resemblances are a frustrating code, most easily read by those who know you least.

Conquest and liberation and democracy and divorce are words that mean squat, basically, when you have hungry children and clothes to get out on the line and it looks like rain.

This is what it means to be very slow: every story you would like to tell has already ended before you can open your mouth.

It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.

The sting of a fly, the Congolese say, can launch the end of the world. How simply things begin.

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.

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.

I think maybe it is true that the idle mind is the Devil's workshop.