"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."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Barbara Kingsolver on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Barbara Kingsolver on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Barbara Kingsolver on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Barbara Kingsolver on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Barbara Kingsolver on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"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."