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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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