Quotes from Keeping Faith

Jodi Picoult ·  422 pages

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“The truth doesn't always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatley wrapped lies”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“I don't think we get a choice in who we fall for," Ian whispers. "I think we just do.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“Let me tell you what you feel like when you know you are ready to die.
You sleep a lot, and when you wake up the very first thought in your head is that you wish you could go back to bed.
You go entire days without eating, because food is a commodity that keeps you here.
You read the same page a hundred times.
You rewind your life like a videocassette and see the things that make you weep, things that make you pause, but nothing that makes you want to play it forward.
You forget to comb your hair, to shower, to dress.
And then one day, when you make the decision that you have enough energy left in you to do this one, last, monumental thing, there comes a peace. Suddenly you are counting moments as you haven’t for months. Suddenly you have a secret that makes you smile, that makes people say you look wonderful, although you feel like a shell-brittle and capable of cracking into a thousand pieces. ”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn't a social construct but an instinct.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith



“They say that there are moments that open up your life like a walnut cracked, that change your point of view so that you never look at things the same way again.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“You can believe something really hard,' Faith says, 'and still be wrong.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“This is love, I think. A place where people who have been alone may lock together like hawks and spin in the air, dizzy with surprise at the connection. A place you go willingly, and with wonder”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“I wonder if other mothers feel a tug at their insides, watching their children grow up into the people they themselves wanted so badly to be.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“Well I talk a little about that, but I don't admit that from the beginning I knew we were not meant to be together.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith



“My teacher in first grade said that long ago people used to believe all kinds of things, because they didn't know any better. Like you shouldn't take a bath, because it could make you sick. And then someone saw germs under a microscope and started to think differently. You can believe something really hard, and still be wrong. (Faith White)”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“What's worse ...?
The devil you don't know ... or the devil you do?”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“maybe there is more to a person than a body and a mind. maybe something else figures into the mix— not a soul, exactly, but a spirit that hints you might one day be greater, stronger than you are now. a promise; a potential.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


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I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith



“If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can't someone be healed by happiness?”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“Objection!" Metz shouts.
Grounds?" the judge asks.
Well...he's my witness!”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“His hand is cool on my cheek as he paints a tear beneath my left eye, dark blue and swollen with sorrow.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“I want to believe there's a God. Because I sure as hell know there's a devil.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“It makes Faith think of a hammock in their yard, a web of rope that she thought would unravel the first time she leaned back on it, but that managed to support her all the same.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith



“There are certain things I do not talk about.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“She's not classically beautiful, but somehow that only makes her more interesting.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“The ability to find sparks may be buried so deep in you that you stop believing there's a God. Until someone comes along, with so much light in her that you can't help but see your own, and when you're together,that light grows even brighter.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“She knows the truth can cause a sharp pain behind your eyes and that love sometimes feels like a fist around your throat.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“Dr. Keller begins pacing. "I don't think we've been hearing Faith just right. Her guard...the words..they sound alike."

What do you mean?"

Your daughter," Dr. Keller says flatly. "I think she's seeing God.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith



“There are skeletons in everyone's closet, things no one ever wants the world to discover.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“The thing about having something hidden in your past is that you spend every minute of the future building a wall that makes the monster harder to see. You convince yourself that the wall is sturdy and thick, and one day, when you wake up and the horrible thing does not immediately jump into your mind, you give yourself the freedom to pretend that it is well and truly gone. Which only makes it that much more painful when something like this happens, and you learn that the concrete wall is really as transparent as glass, and twice as fragile.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


“I want her to be safe. I want her to be mine.”
― Jodi Picoult, quote from Keeping Faith


About the author

Jodi Picoult
Born place: in Nesconset, Long Island, New York,, The United States
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