Ada: I brought you this book... and this photo. I'm not smiling in it. I don't know how to do that... hold a smile.
Ruby: This world won't stand long. God won't let it stand this way long.
Ada: When this war is over, there will be a reckoning.
Ruby: If I cry one tear for my daddy I stole it off a crocodile.
Ruby: Let's put him in a pot.
Ruby: I despise a floggin' rooster.
Maddy: See, I think there's a plan. There's a design for each and every one of us. You look at nature. Bird flies somewhere, picks up a seed, shits the seed out, plant grows. Bird's got a job, shit's got a job, seed's got a job. And you've got a job.
Rev. Monroe: I lost your mother after twenty-two months of marriage. It was enough for a lifetime.
Ada: My love where are you? With no hope of reaching you I write to you... as I have always done.
Inman: I imagine God is weary of being called down on both sides of an argument.
Ada: All this while I've been packing ice around my heart. How do I make it melt?
Ruby: My daddy - he'd walk forty miles for liquor but not forty inches for kindness.
Ada: What we have lost will never be returned to us. The land will not heal - too much blood. All we can do is learn from the past and make peace with it.
Ada: If you are fighting, stop fighting. If you are marching, stop marching. Come back to me. Come back to me is my request.