16 Quotes from Before We Were Yours book by Lisa Wingate

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

Before We Were Yours has been described as a powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared.


In my multifold years of life, I have learned that most people get along as best they can. They don't intend to hurt anyone. It is merely a terrible by-product of surviving. - Before We Were Yours, Prelude

When you're born on the river, you take to it as natural as drawing breath. You know its sounds and its ways and its critters. For river rats like us, the water’s a homeplace. A safe place. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 2

One of the best things a father can do for his daughter is let her know that she has met his expectations. My father did that for me, and no amount of effort on my part can fully repay the debt. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 3

Life can turn on a dime. [...] We plan our days, but we don't control them. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 9

Always use your brains, and you'll find your way out of a scrape quicker’n anything. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 10

The good life demands a lot of maintenance. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 11

Well, that's one of the paradoxes of life. You can't have it all. You can have some of this and some of that or all of this and none of that. We make the trade-offs we think are best at the time. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 13

I've found in life that bygones are a bit like collard greens. They tend to taste bitter. It's best not to chew on them overly long. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 19

It feels like people will poke a spear in anyplace they can draw blood these days. It wasn't that way when I was growing up. Even in politics, people had some decency. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 21

It's funny how what you're used to seems like it's right even if it's bad. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 22

What the mind don't 'member, the heart still know. Love, the strongest thing of all. Stronger than all the rest. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 23

Secrets ain't a healthy thing. Secrets ain't a healthy thing, no matter how old they is. Sometimes the oldest secrets is the worst of all. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 23

Oh, honey. Oh, child. The best thing is to know. I always tell 'em, best to be who you is. What you is deep down inside. Ain't no other good way of livin'. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 23

Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 25

A woman's past need not predict her future. She can dance to new music if she chooses. Her own music. To hear the tune, she must only stop talking. To herself, I mean. We're always trying to persuade ourselves of things. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 25

The love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos, or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat. It is as ever present as a pulse. - Before We Were Yours, Chapter 26

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