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  • I had just dropped out of medicine in my first year of residency, a few months shy of becoming a licensed M.D. I'd discovered there was something serious, mainly a matter of nerve and perhaps empathy, that stood in my way.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "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.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal Dreams")

  • Corn syrup and added fats have been outed as major ingredients in fast food, but they hide out in packaged foods too, even presumed-innocent ones like crackers.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • The effect is both domestic and wild, equal parts geometric and chaotic. It's the visual signature of small, diversified farms that creates the picture-postcard landscape here, along with its celebrated gastronomic one. Couldn't Americans learn to love landscapes like these around our cities, treasuring them not just gastronomically but aesthetically, instead of giving everything over to suburban development? Can we only love agriculture on postcards?
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Bean Trees")


  • 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")

  • I thought: this is how life is, ridiculous beyond comprehension.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal Dreams")

  • There was a roaring in my ears and I lost track of what they were saying. I believe it was the physical manifestation of unbearable grief.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal Dreams")

  • Even feigning surprise, pretending it was unexpected and saying a ritual thanks, is surely wiser than just expecting everything so carelessly.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • The standard approach has been to pump up the dosage of chemicals ... Twenty percent of these approved-for-use pesticides are listed by the EPA as carcinogenic in humans.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Bean Trees")

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


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