Barbara Kingsolver Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Barbara Kingsolver quotes, Barbara Kingsolver sayings, and Barbara Kingsolver proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The changes we dread most may contain our salvation. Barbara Kingsolver
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own. Barbara Kingsolver
How pointless life could be, what a foolish business of inventing things to love, just so you could dread losing them. Barbara Kingsolver
A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill. Barbara Kingsolver
The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners. Barbara Kingsolver
A writer's occupational hazard: I think of eavesdropping as minding my business. Barbara Kingsolver
It's frightening when things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known. Barbara Kingsolver
It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. Barbara Kingsolver
Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain. Barbara Kingsolver
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
Life proceeds, it enrages. The untouched ones spend their luck without a thought, believing they deserve it. Barbara Kingsolver
As a dinner guest I gratefully eat just about anything that's set before me, because graciousness among friends is dearer to me than any other agenda. Barbara Kingsolver
A meaningless phrase repeated again and again begins to resemble truth. Barbara Kingsolver
No kind of bomb ever built will extinguish hatred. Barbara Kingsolver
He was my father. I own half his genes, and all of his history. Believe this: the mistakes are part of the story. I am born of a man who believed he could tell nothing but the truth, while he set down for all time the Poisonwood Bible. Barbara Kingsolver
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver
Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past. Barbara Kingsolver
Hope is a renewable option: if you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. Barbara Kingsolver
To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. Barbara Kingsolver
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver
The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. Barbara Kingsolver
There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold – with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. Barbara Kingsolver
Marriage is one long fit of compromise, deep and wide. Barbara Kingsolver
Don't try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you're good, bad things can still happen. And if you're bad, you can still be lucky. Barbara Kingsolver
Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation. Barbara Kingsolver
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. Barbara Kingsolver
Hope is a renewable option: if you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. Barbara Kingsolver
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. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. Barbara Kingsolver
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you figure out what you have to say. Barbara Kingsolver
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver