Barbara Kingsolver Quotes.

1. "Our way was to share a fire until it burned down, ayi? To speak to each other until every person was satisfied. Younger men listened to older men. Now the Beelezi tell us the vote of a young, careless man counts the same as the vote of an elder.' In the hazy heat Tata Ndu paused to take off his hat, turn it carefully in his hands, then replace it above the high dome of his forehead. No one breathed. 'White men tell us: Vote, bantu! They tell us: You do not all have to agree, ce n'est pas necessaire! If two men vote yes and one says no, the matter is finished. A bu, even a child can see how that will end. It takes three stones in the fire to hold up the pot. Take one away, leave the other two, and what? The pot will spill into the fire."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

2. "It lasted just a moment, whatever that is. One held breath? An ant's afternoon? It was brief, I can promise that much, for although it's been many years now since my children ruled my life, a mother recalls the measure of the silences."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

3. "But we've all ended up giving body and soul to Africa, one way or another. Even Adah, who's becoming an expert in tropical epidemiology and strange new viruses. Each of us got our heart buried in six feet of African dirt; we are all co-conspirators here. I mean, all of us, not just my family. So what do you do now? You get to find your own way to dig out a heart and shake it off and hold it up to the light again."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

4. "Forgive me, O Heavenly Father, according to the multitude of Thy mercies. I have lusted in my heart to break a man's skull and scatter the stench of his brains across several people's back yards."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

5. "Take your place, then. Look at what happened from every side and consider all the other ways it could have gone. Consider, even, an Africa unconquered altogether. Imagine those first Portuguese adventurers approaching the shore, spying on the jungle’s edge through their fitted brass lenses. Imagine that by some miracle of dread or reverence they lowered their spyglasses, turned, set their riggings, sailed on. Imagine all who came after doing the same. What would that Africa be now? All I can think of is the other okapi, the one they used to believe in. A unicorn that could look you in the eye."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

6. "My father wears his faith like the bronze breastplate of God's footsoldiers while our mother's is more like a good cloth coat with a secondhand fit."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

7. "You know things are bad when a woman without any legs and who recently lost two of her own kids feels sorry for you."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

8. "Let me claim that Africa and I kept company for a while and then parted ways as if we were both party to relations with a failed outcome. Or say I was afflicted with Africa like a bout of a rare disease from which I have not managed a full recovery."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

9. "Beene-beene. The truest truth."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

10. "To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know."
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

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