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Where the Crawdads Sing Quotes

31 of the best book quotes from Where the Crawdads Sing
  1. #1
    “I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
  2. #2
    “There are sounds, of course, but compared to the marsh, the swamp is quiet because decomposition is cellular work.”
  3. #3
    “Leaning on someone leaves you on the ground.”
  4. #4
    “Biology sees right and wrong as the same color in different light.”
  5. #5
    “The marsh did not confine them but defined them and, like any sacred ground, kept their secrets deep.”
  6. #6
    “‘What d’ya mean, where the crawdads sing? Ma used to say that.’ Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: ‘Go as far as you can --- way out yonder where the crawdads sing.’
    Tate said, ‘Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters.‘”
  7. #7
    “Faces change with life’s toll, but eyes remain a window to what was...”
  8. #8
    “How much do you trade to defeat loneliness?”
  1. #9
    “Never underrate
    the heart,
    Capable of deeds
    The mind cannot conceive.
    The heart dictates as well as feels.
    How else can you explain
    The path I have taken,
    That you have taken
    The long way through this pass?”
  2. #10
    “Ya need some girlfriends, hon, ’cause they’re furever. Without a vow. A clutch of women’s the most tender, most tough place on Earth.”
  3. #11
    “Female fireflies draw in strange males with dishonest signals and eat them; mantis females devour their own mates. Female insects, Kya thought, know how to deal with their lovers.”
  4. #12
    “Kids are smarter than we think. They know how to survive the shit that’s dealt them better than some welfare worker who never spent a day in one of those kids’ shoes.”
  5. #13
    “Sand keeps secrets better than mud.”
  6. #14
    “Lot of times love doesn’t work out. Yet even when it fails, it connects you to others and, in the end, that is all you have, the connections.”
  7. #15
    “Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”
  8. #16
    “Why should the injured, the still bleeding, bear the onus of forgiveness?”
  1. #17
    “Unworthy boys make a lot of noise”
  2. #18
    “She could read anything now, he said, and once you can read anything you can learn everything. It was up to her. “Nobody’s come close to filling their brains,” he said. “We’re all like giraffes not using their necks to reach the higher leaves.”
  3. #19
    “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.”
  4. #20
    “His dad had told him many times that the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”
  5. #21
    “Time ensures children never know their parents young.”
  6. #22
    “She laughed for his sake, something she’d never done. Giving away another piece of herself just to have someone else.”
  7. #23
    “Perhaps love is best left as a fallow field.”
  8. #24
    “Loneliness has a compass of its own.”
  1. #25
    “Needing people ended in hurt.”
  2. #26
    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
  3. #27
    “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”
  4. #28
    “Time is no more fixed than the stars. Time speeds and bends around planets and suns, is different in the mountains than in the valleys, and is part of the same fabric as space, which curves and swells as does the sea.”
  5. #29
    “If anyone would understand loneliness, the moon would.”
  6. #30
    “That’s what sisters and girlfriends are all about. Sticking together even in the mud, ’specially in mud.”
  7. #31
    “Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation.
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