17 Powerful Quotes From The Women by Kristin Hannah

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Find the best quotes from The Women by Kristin Hannah.

The Women is an intense historical fiction set during the Vietnam War. I was eagerly anticipating its release and listened to it immediately when it became available, and I absolutely loved it. It was heartwarming, gripping, and emotionally intense. I truly admire Hannah’s choice of telling the story of female veterans. I highly recommend the book. I listened to the audio version narrated by the brilliant Julia Whelan. If you love her narration like me, also check out- audiobooks narrated by Julia Whelan.

In this post, I’ve selected some of the best quotes that truly inspired me. These lines from The Women really motivate you to admire the women in the war. They show how tough and brave women like Frankie were. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.

The Women by Kristin Hannah Summary 

An intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.

Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. 

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is over- whelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost. 

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam. 

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.


Best Quotes From The Women by Kristin Hannah

‘The women had a story to tell, even if the world wasn’t quite yet ready to hear it, and their story began with three simple words. We were there.”

‘Thank God for girlfriends.’

‘Women can be heroes.’

‘We were the last believers, my generation. We trusted what our parents taught us about right and wrong, good and evil, the American myth of equality and justice and honor.’

‘People will say it was the war that shattered our lives and laid bare the beautiful lie we’d been taught. And they’d be right. And wrong. There was so much more. It’s hard to see clearly when the world is angry and divided and you’re being lied to.’

‘Words were creators of worlds; you had to be careful with them.”

‘In this crazy, chaotic, divided world that was run by men, you could count on the women.”

‘Here was never enough time with the people who mattered.”

‘Love. A thing to be shouted from the rooftops, celebrated, not cultivated in secret and clipped into shape in the dark.’

“From here, the war was almost beautiful. Maybe that was a fundamental truth: War looked one way for those who saw it from a safe distance. Close up, the view was different”

“We laugh so we don’t cry.”

“That was the starting and ending point in life: love. The journey was everything in between.”

‘Regrets were a waste of time. If only was the bend in a troubling road. She learned day by day how to navigate through life, keep going, keep moving forward.’

‘The world changes for men, Frances. For women, it stays pretty much the same.’

Maybe happy now, happy for a moment, is all we really get. ‘Happy forever seems a shitload to ask in a world on fire.’

‘Love mattered in this ruined world, but so did honor. What was one without the other?’

‘This war has … stretched the generation gap so wide that it threatens to pull the country apart.’


There you have the best quotes from The Women by Kristin Hannah. Which ones are your favorite?

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