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Famous Barbara Kingsolver Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Love:

But children robbed of love will dwell on magic.
(From: Animal Dreams)

On Life:

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.

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.

I thought: this is how life is, ridiculous beyond comprehension.
(From: Animal Dreams)

My life is a pitiful, mechanical thing without a past, like a little wind-up car, ready to run in any direction someone points me.
(From: Animal Dreams)

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
(From: Animal Dreams)

How pointless life could be, what a foolish business of inventing things to love, just so you could dread losing them.
(From: Prodigal Summer)

On God:

Back then I was still appalled that God would set down his barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microes that eat the human cornea. Now I understand, God is not just rooting fo the dollies.
(From: The Poisonwood Bible)

God doesn’t need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.
(From: The Poisonwood Bible)