James McBride’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite James McBride Quotes 

Love reading? Then it’s likely you will love a good quote from your favourite author. This article covers James McBride’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes that we at Australia Unwrapped have collected from some of his greatest works. James McBride quotes to remember and here you will find 10 of the best. A memorable quote can stay with you and can be used along your journey. Choosing James McBride’s top 10 quotes is not easy, but here they are:

Popular Quotes

“God is the color of water. Water doesn’t have a color.”
― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

 “The Good Lord Bird don’t run in a flock. He Flies alone. You know why? He’s searching. Looking for the right tree. And when he sees that tree, that dead tree that’s taking all the nutrition and good things from the forest floor. He goes out and he gnaws at it, and he gnaws at it till the thing gets tired and it falls down. And the dirt from it raises other trees. It gives them good things to eat. It makes ’em strong. Gives ’em life. And the circle goes ’round.”
― James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

“There’s such a big difference between being dead and alive, I told myself, the greatest gift that anyone can give anyone else is life. And the greatest sin a person can do to another is to take away that life. Next to that, all the rules and religions in the world are secondary; mere words and beliefs that people choose to believe and kill and hate by. My life won’t be lived that way, and neither, I hope, will my children’s.”
― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

 “There’s such a big difference between being dead and alive, I told myself, and the greatest sin a person can do to another is to take away that life. Next to that, all the rules and religions in the world are secondary; mere words and beliefs that people choose to believe and kill and hate by. My life won’t be lived that way, and neither, I hope, will my children’s.”
― James McBride

 “It was always so hot, and everyone was so polite, and everything was all surface but underneath it was like a bomb waiting to go off. I always felt that way about the South, that beneath the smiles and southern hospitality and politeness were a lot of guns and liquor and secrets.”
― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

 “Some things in this world just ain’t mean to be, not in the times we want ’em to, and the heart has to hold it in this world as a remembrance, a promise for the world that’s to come. There’s a prize at the end of all of it, but still, that’s a heavy load to bear.”
― James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

“My parents were nonmaterialistic. They believed that money without knowledge was worthless, that education tempered with religion was the way to climb out of poverty in America, and over the years they were proven right.”
― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

 “Whatever he believed, he believed. It didn’t matter to him whether it was really true or not. He just changed the truth till it fit him. He was a real white man.”
― James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

“He was like everybody in war. He believed God was on his side. Everybody got God on their side in a war. Problem is, God ain’t tellin’ nobody who He’s for.”
― James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

“I asked her if I was black or white. She replied “You are a human being. Educate yourself or you’ll be a nobody!”
― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

10 Famous Quotes by Author James McBride

10 quotes by James McBride there you go! It’s never an easy task picking the best quotations from great writers, so please if you disagree or have more to add, please comment and share your opinions. My 10 greatest James McBride quotes will likely be different from yours; however, that’s the best thing about them, each quote can mean something different to each person. So don’t wait, comment and shares your best James McBride Quote. 

One Final Bonus – James McBride Quote 

“Sometimes without conscious realization, our thoughts, our faith, out interests are entered into the past. We talk about other times, other places, other persons, and lose our living hold on the present. Sometimes we think if we could just go back in time we would be happy. But anyone who attempts to reenter the past is sure to be disappointed. Anyone who has ever revisited the place of his birth after years of absence is shocked by the differences between the way the place actually is, and the way he has remembered it. He may walk along old familiar streets and roads, but he is a stranger in a strange land. He has thought of this place as home, but he finds he is no longer here even in spirit. He has gone onto a new and different life, and in thinking longingly of the past, he has been giving thought and interest to something that no longer really exists.”

― James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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