Quotes: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

This is what it means to be alone: everyone is connected to everyone else, their bodies are a bright liquid life flowing around you, sharing a single heart that drives them to move together. If the shark comes they will all escape, and leave you to be eaten.


Page 243


She is not a bulldog, only a woman pressed into the shape of a small jar, possibly attempting to live in there. It shows in the way she places a seashell on a windowsill, a red-painted chair in the corner: she is practiced in the art of creating a still life and taking up residence inside it.


Page 276


I should like to write my books only for the dear person who lies awake reading in bed until the last page, then lets the open book fall gently on her face, to touch her smile or drink her tears.


Page 471-2


I don’t hate much and I don’t love much. I’m a free man.


Page 477


What we end up calling history is a kind of knife, slicing through time. a few people are hard enough to bend its edge. But most won’t even stand close to the blade.


Page 478


Life proceeds, it enrages. The untouched ones spend their luck without a thought, believing they deserve it.


Page 611.


The most important part of a story is the part you don’t know.


Page 652


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