Jan 25, 2021

26 Quotes from The Nightingale book by Kristin Hannah

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.


If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. - The Nightingale, Chapter 1

Today’s young people want to know everything about everyone. They think talking about a problem will solve it. I come from a quieter generation. We understand the value of forgetting, the lure of reinvention. - The Nightingale, Chapter 1

As I approach the end of my years, I know that grief, like regret, settles into our DNA and remains forever a part of us. - The Nightingale, Chapter 1

My eyes fail me often - in the darkness, when headlights flash, when rain falls. It is unnerving, this new unreliability in my vision. Perhaps that’s why I find myself looking backward. The past has a clarity I can no longer see in the present. - The Nightingale, Chapter 1

Everything makes a statement, nothing speaks quite so loudly as cheapness. - The Nightingale, Chapter 4

Generally, Madame, the failing of a student to learn is the failing of the teacher to teach. - The Nightingale, Chapter 4

It is hard for a girl to lose her mother. I lost both parents though, didn’t I? One died, and the other turned his back on me. I can’t say which hurt more. - The Nightingale, Chapter 4

Why was it so easy for men in the world to do as they wanted and so difficult for women? - The Nightingale, Chapter 5

Magic, to be its best, must be unexpected. Don’t you agree? - The Nightingale, Chapter 7

You’re not alone, and you’re not the one in charge. Ask for help when you need it, and give help when you can. I think that is how we serve God - and each other and ourselves - in times as dark as these. - The Nightingale, Chapter 12

If love is a disease, I suppose I’m infected. - The Nightingale, Chapter 13

I know these modern seat belts are a good thing, but they make me feel claustrophobic. I belong to a generation that didn’t expect to be protected from every danger. I remember what it used to be like, back in the days when one was required to make smart choices. We knew the risks and took them anyway. - The Nightingale, Chapter 14

This war has put us all where we do not want to be. - The Nightingale, Chapter 23

This is the problem with you French. You fail to see the truth when it sits down beside you. - The Nightingale, Chapter 25

If times were different, I’d make you chase me. I would have made you jump through hoops to get me naked. But we don’t have time, do we? - The Nightingale, Chapter 28

The days of stopping to talk to friends on the street were gone. Now it was dangerous enough to simply make eye contact; friendly conversation had gone the way of butter and coffee and pork. - The Nightingale, Chapter 29

I am a mother and mothers don’t have the luxury of falling apart in front of their children, even when they are afraid, even when their children are adults. - The Nightingale, Chapter 31

He is such an American, this son of mine. He thinks one’s life can be distilled to a narrative that has a beginning and an end. He knows nothing about the kind of sacrifice that, once made, can never be either fully forgotten or fully borne. - The Nightingale, Chapter 31

A girl’s love for her father. Immutable. Unbearable but unbreakable. - The Nightingale, Chapter 33

Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories. - The Nightingale, Chapter 34

What was the right thing for a mother to say to her nearly grown daughter about the ugliness in the world? How could she be honest? - The Nightingale, Chapter 35

Love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us. - The Nightingale, Chapter 37

Millions of Jews were killed in this war, Madame. Millions. An entire generation is gone. We need to band together now, those few of us who are left; we need to rebuild. - The Nightingale, Chapter 37

Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between. - The Nightingale, Chapter 39

I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be. - The Nightingale, Chapter 39

A Frenchwoman must have her secrets. And I will ... I’ll keep one secret. - The Nightingale, Chapter 39