40 Favorite Lines from We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos

We Are All That's Left by Carrie ARcos

If you haven’t read We Are All That’s Left yet, then you just came to the right place! Here, I am going to share all my favorite lines from the book. If these lines still won’t be able convince you to pick it up and read it, then I don’t know what else will.


Favorite Lines from We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos


Anytime I do anything or think I want to remember this moment, I take the picture.

Photography is like time travel.

You can’t approach art with a bunch of rules.

I’m not usually one for speaking up in class.

Sometimes we have deep wounds, and when they get poked or scratched, we lash out. The lashing out usually happens to the people we love the most.

It’s alright. I can suffer for your art.

I love you. The world is going mad, but I want you to know I love you. That is the truth.

People fear what they don’t understand. And that same fear and lack of understanding make people do terrible things to one another.

The world we live in is broken.

I don’t know if I’m okay. All I know is I’m alive.

How is it possible to be so mad and sad and mixed up all at the same time?

I think it’s normal for us to look for answers after terrible things happen.

So maybe he isn’t a weirdo. Maybe he’s just a guy searching for meaning.

And again, she wondered, wished that there was a part of her brain she could stick a knife in to drive out the sense – and the memory.

She had always seen the beauty that came from the broken.

Sometiemes our art is the only way out of the dark.


“Mom, I love you as big as the sky.” I point to the stars.

I am a willow. I bend in the wind. My roots run deep. I am ancient. I am all living things. I am calm. I am strong. I am a willow.

He did not limp. He did not stumble.

Everyone has walls.

I feel like I’m always playing offense and you’re playing defense.

You will regret cutting people out. It takes a stronger person to let others in.

How do some people just decide that only some lives deserve to be lived?

Being a woman back in the day was no joke.

I started looking for answers. But I’ve only come up with more questions.

I can’t stop living just because some terrible thing might happen. I need to keep going, push through.

This was the hardest part. Making the decision to go. Taking those first steps. The rest will be easier.

I need to find some new stories.

I get up and turn on a lamp and note how the darkness cannot occupy the same space as the light.

If we continue to live and act from this place of hurt, there will never be healing.

Close your eyes. Listen to this. Think of me.

But there is also a light. And this light chases away the dark.

Yeah, And if that were all it is – life equals suffering – that’d be pretty sad. Depressing, actually. But you know, you could look at suffering another way. It’s more like how you grow and change through it. How you build resilience.

My scars don’t have to bring me shame. They can be the places where love, where God meets me, too.

And you’ve been searching for why. I don’t know if you’re going to find why.

We are all that’s left, she told the baby growing within.

She would be like her own and teach her daughter how to be strong and fierce so she would survive in this world.

I can tell our story though our scars.

Scars alter us in more than appearance, they make us something more, and we connect to others because of them. They don’t diminish our lives, but make them richer somehow.

I carry the scars of my story like Mom carries hers. But because we are mother and daughter, we also carry them for each other.



Have you read We Are All That’s Left or any book by Carrie Arcos yet? What are your thoughts? What are your favorite lines? Share your thoughts below!



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