chapter 1- it took me a month to get over the shock of having life possibilities. p. 19

chapter 2- the caved in look of her face nearly did me in. p. 47

chapter 3- what I needed was a sign I needed a voice speaking to me like I heard yesterday in my room. p. 75

chapter 4- she's the woman that makes the black Madonna honey. I was unable to take my eyes off her. p. 84

chapter - I went around helping May catch grandaddy long legs not just because a smashed bug could send her over the edge but because I felt I was being loyal to my mother's wishes. p. 105

Quotes for The Secret Life of Bees

Chapter 1
“It took me a month to get over the shock of having life possibilities.” p. 19

Chapter 2

Chapter 3
Lily has to “invent a story” about her mother as she does not know her.
“Lily, child there ain’t going to be any place that will take a colored woman. P. 75
“what I needed was a sign” p. 75

Chapter 4
Lily “the body knows things a long time before the mind catches up to them. I was wondering what my body knew that I didn’t.

August-“well you can stay here till you figure out what to do. We can’t have you living on the side of the road.

Chapter 5
“Singing made me feel like a regular person again.” – Lily

“Nothing’s fair in this world. You might as well get that straight right now.” – August’s father

Chapter 6
‘Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die we can’t remember who we are, or why we’re here” -August, page 133

When Lily went to touch ‘Mary’s’ heart, June stopped playing the cello. –Page 13

Chapter 7
‘Yep I’m white alright, white as can be’. Lily p. 144

‘Bullshit. You gotta imagine what’s never been.’ Zach p. 150

Chapter 8
‘I live in the hive of darkness, and you are my mother, I told her, you are the mother of thousands’ –p.204

‘I was gonna say, the problem is they know what matters but they don’t chose it’ –p.183

Chapter 9:
“ I was sending them love”
Lily: page 209

“ they say if you turn the hose on two locked dogs they turn loose but I guess that ain’t always so”
Rosaleen: page 210

Chapter 10
“I'm gonna come back soon and I better not find you still here, okay” pg246 police man

“ you know we all have
Chapter 11
“I love this place with my whole heart.” – Lily
“Sometimes Lily, I’m so angry, I want to kill something.” – Zach

“Those boys who made me wear the fish – they were angry like that too. Angry at the world, and it made them mean. You have to promise me Zach, you won’t be like them.” – Lily

Chapter 12
“ I know, honey. Your mother was Deborah Fontanel Owens”

“the first day you showed up, I took one look at you and all I could see was Deborah when she was your age”.
Chapter 13
‘I wanted to throw something all the way to heaven and knock God clean off his throne’ – Lily, p. 322

‘Our Lady was covered in hands, every shade of brown and black, going in different directions, but then the strangest thing started\happening. Gradually all our hands fell into the same motion, sliding up and down the statue in long, slow strokes, then changing to a motion, like a flock of birds that shifts direction in the sky at the same moment, and you’re left wondering who gave the order’ – Lily p. 335

Chapter 14
“People in general, would rather die than forgive. It’s that hard.” –Lily’s thoughts
“It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.” –Lily’s thoughts
“She said, ‘Regret’s don’t help anything, you know that.’ ” - (August)
“maybe Our Lady could act for Deborah and be like a stand-in mother for you” –August
“But seeing him now, I knew he’d loved Deborah Fontanel, and when she’d left him, he’d sunk into bitterness.”
“’You look like her,’ he said, and him saying that, I knew he’d said everything” –T-ray
“She is a muscle of love, this Mary.” –Lily’s thoughts
Chapter 14 p374

‘And there they were. All these mothers. I have more mothers than any eight girls off the street. They are the moons shining over me.’
“Yep I’m white, alright white as can be.” p. 144
‘Lily if you wish to touch Our Lady’s Heart you’re welcome, isn’t she June?’ p 148
‘I sat up, feeling like my body weighed two hundred pounds.’
I threw every last jar on the table, until honey was spattered everywhere, flung like cake batter from electric beaters.’
‘look at her good lily,’ ‘cause you’re seeing the end of something!’
‘I would show August the picture of my mother and see if the moon broke loose and fell out of the sky’
I took to wearing my day-of-the-week panties out of order. It could be Monday and I’d have on underwear saying Thursday on. I just didn’t care.
I said to myself, I love this place with my whole heart.
‘Waiting was a thing I’d had tons of experience doing. Waiting for girls at school to invite me somewhere. For T. Ray to change his ways.’

Chapter 12 p. 287

‘Lily you are still a special flower planted on the earth.’ Chapter 12 p. 299