"I suppose that is my central obsession. What we owe to society, what we owe to ourselves."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Barbara Kingsolver on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Barbara Kingsolver on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Barbara Kingsolver on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Barbara Kingsolver on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Barbara Kingsolver on Mahatma Gandhi
"People's dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around."
"I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other. And living on the border between Mexico and the U.S. for so many years gave me a lot of insight into that."
"I can count all the ways in which being a mother has enriched my understanding of the world, of character, my sense of the future and my attachment to it. I can't imagine what kind of writer I'd be if I didn't have my kids."
"There's always a part of your nation's history that you haven't been told that... has a powerful impact on how you yourself may behave and may believe."
"At home, growing up, we weren't really poor. We had everything we needed, we just didn't have what we wanted."