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  • Beene-beene. The truest truth.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • 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")

  • Let me claim that Africa and I kept company for a while and then parted ways as if we were both party to relations with a failed outcome. Or say I was afflicted with Africa like a bout of a rare disease from which I have not managed a full recovery.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Silence has many advantages. When you do not speak, other people presume you to be deaf or feeble-minded and promptly make a show of their own limitations.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • While we watched without comprehension, she moved away to where none of us wanted to follow. Ruth May shrank back through the narrow passage between this brief fabric of light and all the rest of what there is for us: the long waiting. Now she will wait the rest of the time. It will be exactly as long as the time that passed before she was born.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")


  • But I've swallowed my pride before, that's for sure. I'm practically lined with my mistakes on the inside like a bad-wallpapered bathroom.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • I considered her my ally, because, like me, she was imperfect.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Silence has many advantages…I write and draw in my notebook and I read anything I please.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • You can curse the dead or pray for them, but don't expect them to do a thing for you. They're far too interested in watching us, to see what in heaven's name we will do next.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • But we've all ended up giving body and soul to Africa, one way or another. Even Adah, who's becoming an expert in tropical epidemiology and strange new viruses. Each of us got our heart buried in six feet of African dirt; we are all co-conspirators here. I mean, all of us, not just my family. So what do you do now? You get to find your own way to dig out a heart and shake it off and hold it up to the light again.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence. I can understand a wrathful God who'd just as soon dangle us all from a hook. And I can understand a tender, unprejudiced Jesus. But I could never quite feature the two of them living in the same house. You wind up walking on eggshells, never knowing which... is at home at the moment.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • Listen: being dead is not worse than being alive. It is different though. You could say the view is larger.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • So Noah cursed all Ham's children to be slaves forever and ever. That's how come them to turn out dark
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")

  • You know things are bad when a woman without any legs and who recently lost two of her own kids feels sorry for you.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")


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