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Quotes from Animal Dreams

Barbara Kingsolver ·  342 pages

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“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, quote from Animal Dreams


“She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't yet found a rock to stand on.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive. You keep your eyes open, you see this damned-to-hell world you got born into, and you ask yourself, 'What life can I live that will let me breathe in & out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods?”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“A miscarriage is a natural and common event. All told, probably more women have lost a child from this world than haven't. Most don't mention it, and they go on from day to day as if it hadn't happened, so people imagine a woman in this situation never really knew or loved what she had.

But ask her sometime: how old would your child be now? And she'll know.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Emelina and I took each other in. All morning I'd felt the strange disjuncture that comes from reconnecting with your past. There's such a gulf between yourself and who you were then, but people speak to that other person and it answers; it's like having a stranger as a house guest in your skin.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Your dreams, what you hope for and all that, it's not separate from your life. It grows right up out of it. ”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“At some point in my life I'd honestly hoped love would rescue me from the cold, drafty castle I lived in. But at another point, much earlier I think, I'd quietly begun to hope for nothing at all in the way of love, so as not to be disappointed. It works. It gets to be a habit.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“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. What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it. Right now I'm living in that hope, running down its hallway and touching the walls on both sides.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“I've about decided that's the main thing that separates happy people from the other people: the feeling that you're a practical item, with a use, like a sweater or a socket wrench.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“I thought: this is how life is, ridiculous beyond comprehension.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“But children robbed of love will dwell on magic.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“You're thinking of revolution as a great all-or-nothing. I think of it as one more morning in a muggy cotton field, checking the undersides of leaves to see what's been there, figuring out what to do that won't clear a path for worse problems next week. Right now that's what I do. You ask why I'm not afraid of loving and losing, and that's my answer. Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work--that goes on, it adds up. It goes into the ground, into crops, into children's bellies and their bright eyes. Good things don't get lost.
Codi, here's what I've decided: the very least you can do in you 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. What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyer nor the destroyed.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“To people who think of themselves as God's houseguests, American enterprise must seem arrogant beyond belief. Or stupid. A nation of amnesiacs, proceeding as if there were no other day but today. Assuming the land could also forget what had been done to it.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Sometimes I still have American dreams. I mean literally. I see microwave ovens and exercise machines and grocery store shelves with 30 brands of shampoo, and I look at these things oddly, in my dream. I stand and think, "What is all this for? What is the hunger that drives this need?" I think it's fear. Codi, I hope you won't be hurt by this, but I don't think I'll ever be going back. I don't think I can.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“I don't expect to see perfection before I die. Lord, if I did I would have stuck my head in the oven back in Tucson, after hearing the stories of some of those refugees. What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive. You keep your eyes open, you see this damned-to-hell world you got born into, and you ask yourself, "What life can I live that will let me breathe in & out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods?”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Insomnia’s different,” I said. It was hard to explain this to people. “You know the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator door? Just imagine it stays on all the time, even after you close the door. That’s what it’s like in my head. The light stays on.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“It's one thing to carry your life wherever you go. Another thing to always go looking for it somewhere else.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“You can’t replace people you love with other people…But you can trust that you’re not going to run out of people to love.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“God, why does a mortal man have children? It is senseless to love anything this much.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“What keeps you going isn't just some fine destination but the road you're on and the fact you know how to drive.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Perhaps growing up meant we put our knives away and feigned ignorance of the damage.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“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, quote from Animal Dreams


“Memory runs along deep, fixed channels in the brain, like electricity along its conduits; only a cataclysm can make the electrons rear up in shock and slide over into another channel. The human mind seems doomed to believe, as simply as a rooster believes, that where we are now is the only possibility”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“I did it to win love, and to prove myself capable. Not to move mountains. In my opinions, mountains don't move. They only look changed when you look down on them from great height.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work--that goes on, and it adds up. It goes into the ground, into crops, into children's bellies and their bright eyes. Good things don't get lost.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


“You think you're no good, so you can't do good things. Jesus, Codi, how long are you going to keep limping around on that crutch? It's the other way around, it's what you *do* that makes you who you are.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Animal Dreams


About the author

Barbara Kingsolver
Born place: in Annapolis, Maryland, The United States
Born date April 8, 1955
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