7 Quotes From ‘The Help’ That Offer Life Lessons

With millions of sold copies in both print and audiobook editions as well as a movie adaptation, Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help’ brings the story of African-American housemaids to light. Here are seven quotes that can inspire you in these turbulent times!

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After sixty failed attempts at having her breakthrough novel accepted by literary agents, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help was published on February 10th, 2009, nearly eight years since she initially began writing the book. Since then, it has enjoyed success in thirty-five countries and two years as a best seller by The New York Times.

Set in the 1960s, The Help tells a story from the perspective of three African-American women, Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Eugenia Phelan, as they work in white-family households as maids. The book touches upon every facet of human life; from its many struggles and unavoidable tragedies to its blessings and moments of joy. As the novel celebrates its 14th birthday, here are seven relatable quotes that offer words of encouragement and advice.

Opening Up About Your Struggles

I like telling my stories. It feels like I’m doing something about it. When I leave, the concrete in my chest has loosened, melted down so I can breathe for a few days.

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Staying Strong In The Face Of Adversity:

I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe.

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Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”

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That’s the way prayer do. It’s like electricity, it keeps things going.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One:

I was surprise to see the world didn’t stop just cause my boy did.

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Dedicating Yourself To Kindness:

“Saying thank you, when you really mean it, when you remember what some done for you” – she shakes her head, stares down at the scratched table – “it’s so good.”

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All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.

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Interested in The Help? Be sure to check out the 2011 movie adaptation of the sensational novel! For more content about Kathryn Stockett, click here.