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Every betrayal contains a perfect moment, a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, The Poisonwood Bible

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

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Mammals

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, Animal Dreams

Small change, small wonders--these are the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life. It's a workable economy.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder

To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another--that is surely the basic instinct. Baser even than hate, the thing with teeth, which can be stilled with a tone of voice or stunned by beauty. If the whole world of the living has to turn on the single point of remaining alive, that pointed endurance is the poetry of hope. The thing with feathers.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, High Tide in Tucson

I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, The Poisonwood Bible

Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

You can't learn anything when you're trying to look like the smartest person in the room.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER, The Poisonwood Bible


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