"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Barbara Kingsolver on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Barbara Kingsolver on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Barbara Kingsolver on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Barbara Kingsolver on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Barbara Kingsolver on Mark Twain
"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 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."
"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope."