Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful coming-of-age story set in the Deep South. With its creative story-telling, it is poignant portrayal of a story that is within all of us. Kidd enamored readers with her interesting narrator and her astute observation of human behavior. Aside from being a powerhouse narrative, The Secret Life of Bees is also a well of memorable lines. Here are some of the eye-catching lines culled from the book.

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“You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“We can’t think of changing our skin color. Change the world – that’s how we gotta think.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“I have noticed that if you look carefully at people’s eyes the first five seconds they look at you, the truth of their feelings will shine through for just an instant before it flickers away.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“People can start out one way and by the time life gets through with them they end up completely different.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“Knowing can be a curse on a person’s life. I’d traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn’t know which one is heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can’t ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“There’s nothing like a song about lost love to remind you how everything precious can slip from the hinges where you’ve hung it so carefully.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“You know, some things don’t matter that much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart – now that matters.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heart break is happening.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees.

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“You think you want to know something, and then once you do, all you can think about is erasing it from your mind.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“It’s something everyone wants – for someone to see the hurt done them and set it down like it matters.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“In a weird way I must have loved my little collection of hurts and wounds. They provided me with some real nice sympathy, with the feeling I was exceptional. I was the girl abandoned by her mother. I was the girl who kneeled on grits. What a special case I was.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“When it’s time to die, go ahead and die, and when it’s time to live, live. Don’t sort-of-maybe live, but live like you’re going all out, like you’re not afraid.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“I know you’ve run away – everybody gets the urge to do that some time – but sooner or later, you’ll want to go home.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“I wanted you to have a chance to get yourself on solid ground, get your heart bolstered up first. There’s a fullness of time for things. You have to know when to prod and when to be quiet, when to let things take their course.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“The world will give you that once in a while, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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“I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world. How it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly and we don’t even know it.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees


I hope you enjoyed reading my collection of quotes from The Secret Life of Bees. Which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comment box.

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