Thelma 'Sister' Husband: That's what the late Brother Husband used to say.
Novalee Nation: Brother Husband... Was he your husband?
Thelma 'Sister' Husband: No, he was my brother.
Lexie Coop: Forney is in love with you! Tell me you don't know that.
Novalee Nation: It's just not like that with me and Forney.
Lexie Coop: I have seen him. He loves you. He loves the way you walk, he loves your hair, he loves everything about you.
Novalee Nation: Forney and me we're just not that way. Forney's different from us. He went to college. His family had money.
Lexie Coop: What are you trying to say? That you're not good enough for him?
Novalee Nation: 5 days old she got the Jaundice. 5 weeks old she got an ear infection. 5 months old she was kidnapped. 5 years old? I'm not lighting any fires, thank you.
Lexie Coop: Honey, I know that your mother walked out on you and what that butthole Willie Jack did. But that is what makes them trash, not you.
Orderly: Lexie, one of your kids is on the phone.
Lexie Coop: Which one?
Orderly: Oh, I don't know. Pez? Twinkie? One of 'em.
Novalee Nation: You tell them that our lives can change with every breath we take... and tell 'em to hold on like hell to what they've got: each other, and a mother who would die for them and almost did... You tell them we've all got meanness in us, but we've got goodness too. And the only thing worth living for is the good. And that's why we've got to make sure we pass it on.
Forney Hull: Are you finding everything you need?
Novalee Nation: I don't know what they're talking about. I have to look up every other word in the dictionary then I have to look up those words in the children's dictionary. Takes me a half hour to read a page.
Forney Hull: Well maybe this is something that's hard to learn from books. I mean, it's photography.
Novalee Nation: Hard for me, anyway.