Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. The Giver of Stars is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
She has never been afraid of much, but she's familiar enough with these mountain men to know not to pick a fight with a drunk. Especially one bearing a loaded gun.
There is the bare truth of it, for her and all the women around here. Doesn't matter how smart you are, how clever, how self-reliant – you can always be bettered by a stupid man with a gun.
Married life, she had been told, would be an adventure. Travel to a new land! She had married an American, after all. New food! A new culture! New experiences! She had pictured herself in New York, neat in a two-piece suit in bustling restaurants and on crowded sidewalks. She would write home, boasting of her new experiences. [...] Nobody had warned that it would involve so much small-talk over good china with elderly aunts, so much pointless mending and quilting or, even worse, so many deathly dull sermons. Endless, decades-long sermons and meetings. Oh, but these men did love the sound of their own voices! She felt as if she were being scolded for hours, four times a week.
I'm English. We're not built to be … hospitable.
What the British lacked in piety, they more than made up for with their churches, their cathedrals and all their history. And wasn't that a spiritual experience in itself?
Got everything I need here. I suit myself, and people generally leave me be. That's how I like it.
You go to Africa, you got the elephant drinking next to the lion, and he's drinking next to a hippo, and the hippo's drinking next to a gazelle. And none of them is bothering each other, right? You know why? [...] Because they're reading each other. And that old gazelle sees that the lion is all relaxed, and that he just wants to take a drink. And the hippo is all easy, and so they all live and let live. But you put them on a plain at dusk, and that same old lion is prowling around with a glint in his eye – well, those gazelles know to git, and git fast.
Oh, she might dress herself up in books and fancy words, these days, but underneath she's still the same, just like the no-good rest of 'em. I tell you, there's no decent ladies around here would take tea with her.
Look outwards, Alice. Not much point worrying what the town thinks about you - nothing you can do about that anyway. But when you look outwards, why, there's a whole world of beautiful things.
I used to think you were going to eat those books, you were so hungry for them. Never knew a girl read so many so fast.
A house isn't a home without a baby running through it.
Oh, boy, nothing like it. Fresh roasted hog liver. Mmm-mm.
Life is complicated. Which is why finding a little joy where you can is important.
Nothing more dangerous than a woman armed with a little knowledge. Even if she's twelve years old.
There was still beauty in this world, even if some days it took every bit of strength and obstinacy to find it.
Life is not always about happiness. It is about duty, and taking satisfaction from doing the right thing.
There is always a way out of a situation. Might be ugly. Might leave you feeling like the earth has gone and shifted under your feet. But you are never trapped. You hear me? There is always a way around.
You know the worst thing about a man hitting you? Ain't the hurt. It's that in that instant you realize the truth of what it is to be a woman. That it don't matter how smart you are, how much better at arguing, how much better than them, period. It's when you realize they can always just shut you up with a fist. Just like that.
When you're not around me it feels like I'm just wasting time. When you're here it's like ... the whole world is coloured just that little bit brighter. I want to feel your skin against mine. I want to see your smile and hear that laugh of yours when you forget yourself and just let it burst straight out of you ... I want to make you happy ... I want to wake up every morning beside you.
You know what's really wonderful about those fireflies? Sure, they live for just a few weeks. Not much at all in the grand scheme of things. But while they're there, the beauty of them, well, it takes your breath away. You get to see the world in a whole new way. And then you have that beautiful picture burned onto the inside of your head. To carry it wherever you go. And never forget it.
I was arrogant. I thought I could live as I wanted, long as I didn't hurt nobody. But I've had time to think in here - and I worked it out. You don't get to do that in Lee County, maybe not in the whole of Kentucky. Not if you're a woman. You play by their rules or they ... well, they squash you like a bug.