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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")

  • I wish I could go visit them and talk in my own language, the English I knew before I grew thorns on my tongue.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Most of the girls my age, or even younger, have babies. They appear way too young to be married, till you look in their eyes. Then you'll see it. Their eyes look happy and sad at the same time, but unexcited by anything, shifting easily off to the side as if they've already seen most of what there is. Married eyes.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Sugar, it's no parade but you'll get down the street one way or another, so you'd just as well throw your shoulders back and pick up the pace.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Everything you're sure is right can be wrong in another place.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")


  • I wonder that religion can live or die on the strength of a faint, stirring breeze. The scent trail shifts, causing the predator to miss the pounce. One god draws in the breath of life and rises; another god expires.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Mother, you can still hold hold on but forgive, forgive and give for long as long as we both shall live, I forgive you, Mother.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Take one trip overland here and you'll know forever that a road in the jungle is a sweet, flat, impossible dream.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • For if there is any single thing that everyone hopes for most dearly, it must be this: that the youngest outlive the oldest.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • If the Lord hasn't got a boyfriend lined up for me to marry, that's his business.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • My father wears his faith like the bronze breastplate of God's footsoldiers while our mother's is more like a good cloth coat with a secondhand fit.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • The death of something living is the price of our own survival, and we pay it again and again. We have no choice. It is the one solemn promise every life on earth is born and bound to keep.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • For six years, from age nineteen until I turned twenty-five, I did not sleep uninterrupted through a single night. . . . I felt lucky to get my shoes on the right feet. . . . I moved forward only, thinking each morning anew that we were leaving the worst behind.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Nathan was something that happened to us, as devastating in its way as the burning roof that fell on the family Mwanza; with our fate scarred by hell and brimstone we still had to track our course. And it happened finally by the grace of hell and brimstone that I had to keep moving. I moved, and he stood still.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")


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