Burial Rites: Quotes

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

When did a smile ever get anyone into trouble.

No matter if you tried to do what was best. No matter if your innermost self whispers, “I am not as you say!” – how other people think of you determines who you are.

She made mistakes and others made up their minds about her. People around here don’t let you forget your misdeeds. They think them the only things worth writing down.

Any women knows that a thread, once woven, is fixed in place; the only way to smooth a mistake is to let it all unravel.

People claim to know you through the things you’ve done, and not by sitting down and listening to you speak for yourself.

To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.

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