Quotes from The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey ·  386 pages

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“We never know what is going to happen, do we? Life is always throwing us this way and that. That’s where the adventure is. Not knowing where you’ll end up or how you’ll fare. It’s all a mystery, and when we say any different, we’re just lying to ourselves. Tell me, when have you felt most alive?”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“We are allowed to do that, are we not Mabel? To invent our own endings and choose joy over sorrow?”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“She looked directly up into the northern lights and she wondered if those cold-burning spectres might not draw her breath, her very soul, out of her chest and into the stars.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as your were able before it slipped like water between your fingers.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



“She had watched other women with infants and eventually understood what she craved: the boundless permission-no, the absolute necessity- to hold and kiss and stroke this tiny person. Cradling a swaddled infant in their arms, mothers would distractedly touch their lips to their babies' foreheads. Passing their toddlers in a hall, mothers would tousle their hair even sweep them up in their arms and kiss them hard along their chins and necks until the children squealed with glee. Where else in life, Mabel wondered, could a woman love so openly and with such abandon?”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“It was beautiful, Mabel knew, but it was a beauty that ripped you open and scored you clean so that you were left helpless and exposed, if you lived at all.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“Sometimes these things happen. Life doesn't go the way we plan or hope, but we don't have to be so angry, do we?”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“She could not fathom the hexagonal miracle of snowflakes formed from clouds, crystallized fern and feather that tumble down to light on a coat sleeve, white stars melting even as they strike. How did such force and beauty come to be in something so small and fleeting and unknowable? You did not have to understand miracles to believe in them, and in fact Mabel had come to suspect the opposite. To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers. (kindle location 2950)”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“In my old age, I see that life is often more fantastic and terrible than stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



“You did not have to understand miracles to believe in them, and in fact Mabel had come to suspect the opposite. To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“I guess maybe I don't want to be warm and safe. I want to live.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“As the glow of the cabin windows turned to flickers through the trees and then to black, her eyes adjusted and the starlight alone on the pure white snow was enough to light her way. The cold scorched her cheeks and her lungs, but she was warm in her fox hat and wool. An owl swooped through the spruce boughs, a slow-flying shadow, but she was not frightened. She felt old and strong, like the mountains and the river. She would find her way home.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“All her life she had believed in something more, in the mystery that shape-shifted at the edge of her senses. It was the flutter of moth wings on glass and the promise of river nymphs in the dappled creek beds. It was the smell of oak trees on the summer evening she fell in love, and the way dawn threw itself across the cow pond and turned the water to light.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“Like a rainbow trout in a stream, the girl sometimes flashed her true self to him.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



“She had thought often of Ada's words about inventing new endings to stories and choosing joy over sorrow. In recent years she had decided her sister had been in part wrong. Suffering and death and loss were inescapable. And yet, what Ada had written about joy was entirely true. When she stands before you with her long, naked limbs and her mysterious smile, you must embrace her while you can.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“You start seeing things that you’re afraid of… or things you’ve always wished for.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“Doubt crouched over his shoulder, ready to take him by the throat, whispering in his ear, You are an old man. An old, old man.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“It was as if she had reached into her own pocket and discovered a small pebble, as hard as a diamond, that she had forgotten belonged to her.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“She might be curt and ungrateful, but by God she could bake.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



“As Jack knelt in the bloody snow, he wondered if that was how a man held up his end of the bargain, by learning and taking into his heart this strange wilderness—guarded and naked, violent and meek, tremulous in its greatness.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“It would be a hard life, but it would be theirs alone. Here at the world's edge, far from everything familiar and safe, they would build a new home in the wilderness and do it as partners.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“He stood there a moment, listened to the creek, and let the mountain air blow against his face. Even with all this heartache, it was beautiful here.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“...did fear drive her? Fear of the gray, not just in the strands of her hair and her wilting cheeks, but the gray that ran deeper, to the bone, so that she thought she might turn into a fine dust and simply sift away in the wind.....She cooked and cleaned, and cooked and cleaned, and found herself further consumed by the gray, until even her vision was muted and the world around her drained of color.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“All her life she had believed in something more, in the mystery that shape-shifted at the edge of her senses.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



“I don’t know why, precisely. I believe we were in need of a change. We needed to do things for ourselves. Does that make any sense? To break your own ground and know it’s yours, free and clear. Nothing taken for granted.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“All her life she had believed in something more, in the mystery that shape-shifted at the edge of her senses. It was the flutter of moth wings on glass and the promise of river nymphs in the dappled creek beds. It was the smell of oak trees on the summer evening she fell in love, and the way dawn threw itself across the cow pond and turned the water to light.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“It was beautiful, Mabel knew, but it was a beauty that ripped you open and scoured you clean so that you were left helpless and exposed, if you lived at all.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“When she first fell in love with Jack, she dreamed she could fly...”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child


“She knew the snow and it carried her gently... She knew the land by heart.”
― Eowyn Ivey, quote from The Snow Child



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