"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Barbara Kingsolver on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Barbara Kingsolver on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Barbara Kingsolver on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Barbara Kingsolver on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Barbara Kingsolver on Ernest Hemingway
"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."