10+ quotes from A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Quotes from A Thread of Grace

Mary Doria Russell ·  442 pages

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“When the preponderance of human beings choose to act with justice and generosity and kindness, then learning and love and decency prevail. When the preponderance of human beings choose power, greed, and indifference to suffering, the world is filled with war, poverty, and cruelty.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of grace.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“The world is filled with unreasonable hate. What's wrong with unreasonable love?”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“Shall I tell you why young men love war? . . . In peace, there are a hundred questions with a thousand answers! In war, there is only one question with one right answer. . . . Going to war makes you a man. It is emotionally exciting and morally restful.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“You know what I think? Ten percent of any group of human beings are shitheads. Catholics, Jews. Germans, Italians. Pilots, priests. Teachers, doctors, shopkeepers. Ten percent are shitheads. Another ten percent -- salt of the earth! Saints! Give you the shirts off their backs. Most people are in the middle, just trying to get by.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“God save us from idealists! They dream of a world without injustice, and what crime won't they commit to get it! I swear, Mirella, I'll settle for a world with good manners.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“...and yet, in the end, did Klara Hitler's sickly son ever fire a gun? One hollow, hateful little an. One last awful thought: all the harm he ever did was done for him by others.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“Distressing to be hated because of lies, isn't it." (Mirella)
"Especially when there are so many legitimate reasons to be hated." (Schramm)”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“There's a saying in Hebrew, 'No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of grace.”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


“I suppose I should warn you, Padre. In the absence of male supervision, my mother has become a revolutionary." ~Renzo Leoni”
― Mary Doria Russell, quote from A Thread of Grace


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Mary Doria Russell
Born place: in The United States
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