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Quotes from Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver ·  436 pages

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“Honk if you love Jesus, text while driving if you want to meet up.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Will you explain to me why people encourage delusional behaviour in children, and medicate it in adults?”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one. You know what Hester told me when we were working the sheep one time? She said it's no good to complain about your flock, because it's the put-together of all your past choices.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Now, see, that's why you want Internet friends. You can find people just exactly like you. Screw your neighbors and your family, too messy...the trouble is, once you filter out everybody that doesn't agree with you, all that's left is maybe this one retired surfer guy living in Idaho.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Science doesn't tell us what we should do. It only tells us what is.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“You never knew which split second might be the zigzag bolt dividing all that went before from the everything that comes next.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“They all attended Hester's church, which Dellarobia viewed as a complicated pyramid scheme of moral debt and credit resting ultimately on the shoulders of the Lord, but rife with middle managers.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“...whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. And peace will be with you.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“For scientists, reality is not optional.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, confidence swaggering into the storm: Man against Nature. Of all the possible conflicts, that was the one that was hopeless. Even a slim education had taught her this much: Man loses.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“The last generations's worst fears become the next one's B-grade entertainment.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“I never learn anything from listening to myself.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“There are always more questions. Science as a process is never complete. It is not a foot race, with a finish line.... People will always be waiting at a particular finish line: journalists with their cameras, impatient crowds eager to call the race, astounded to see the scientists approach, pass the mark, and keep running. It's a common misunderstanding, he said. They conclude there was no race. As long as we won't commit to knowing everything, the presumption is we know nothing.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“At some point in the evening Dellarobia had stopped being amazed that Ovid had turned into someone new, and understood he had become himself, in the presence of his wife. With the sense of a great weight settling, she recognized marriage. Not the precarious risk she's balanced for years against forbidden fruits, something easily lost in a brittle moment by flying away or jumping a train to ride off on someone else's steam. She was not about to lose it. She'd never had it.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“In a lifetime of hearing people celebrate weekends, she finally saw what all the fuss was about. By no means did her workload cease on Saturday, but it did shift gears. If her kids wanted to pull everything out of the laundry basket to make a bird's nest and sit in it, fine. Dellarobia could even sit in there with them and incubate, if she so desired. Household chores no longer called her name exclusively. She had an income. She'd never before understood how much her life in this little house had felt to her like confinement in a sinking vehicle after driving off a bridge. ..... To open a hatch and swim away felt miraculous. Working outside the home took her about fifty yards from her kitchen, which was far enough. She couldn't see the dishes in the sink.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Be sweet and carry a sharp knife, was her motto.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“As long as we won't commit to knowing everything, the presumption is we know nothing...he did not claim that God moves in mysterious ways. Instead he seemed to believe, as she did, though they never could have discussed it, that everything else is in motion while God does not move at all. God sits still, perfectly at rest, the silver dollar at the bottom of the well, the question.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“But being a stay-at-home mom was the loneliest kind of lonely, in which she was always and never by herself.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“...everything else is in motion while God does not move at all. God sits still, perfectly at rest, the silver dollar at the bottom of the well, the question.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“But luck is just throwing dice.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“His mustache made two curved lines around the sides of his mouth like parentheses, as if everything he might say would be very quiet, and incidental.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“In her experience people had worries or they had tons of money, not both.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“She would die of him or be cured.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Entomologist Dr. Ovid Byron speaking to television journalist, Tina, who says, re: global warming, "Scientists of course are in disagreement about whether this is happening and whether humans have a role."
He replies:
"The Arctic is genuinely collapsing. Scientists used to call these things the canary in the mine. What they say now is, The canary is dead. We are at the top of Niagara Falls, Tina, in a canoe. There is an image for your viewers. We got here by drifting, but we cannot turn around for a lazy paddle back when you finally stop pissing around. We have arrived at the point of an audible roar. Does it strike you as a good time to debate the existence of the falls?”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“We cannot jump to conclusions. All we can do is measure and count. That is the task of science.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“For the first time in her life she could see perfectly well how a person arrived on that flight path: needing an alternative to the present so badly, the only doorway was a high window.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“He could construct defeat from any available material and live inside it, but for once Dellarobia didn't go there with him. She was going ahead.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


“Words were not just words, describing things a person could see. Even if most did not. Maybe they had to know a thing first, to see it.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, quote from Flight Behavior


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