Lit Quotes

“What God did she invoke? Is there one potent enough to resist love?” – Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Ernest Dowson (Translator)

“I wish there were angels, but I think in this world, you have to save yourself.” – 1954: Alcatraz by Daedalic Entertainment

“Another marriage saved by lies and coffee.” – 1954: Alcatraz by Daedalic Entertainment

“Our lives are the only real thing we have, our only coin. We get to buy what we want with them.” – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.” – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“How the past gets stitched inside you and though the threads may come loose you can never rip is out entirely.” – The Velveteen Daughter by  Laurel Davis Huber

“They are familiar. One cannot hold respect with the familiar. We forget our boundaries.”Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

“I thought about her dying until I could forgive her enough to turn back around.” – If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

“Too scared to watch her salt the ground.” – If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

Have human lives become like a tube of toothpaste? Something to be used up and thrown away? At first the tube seems so big, so full of life. But after just a few uses it becomes dented and lumpy—already life is ebbing away from it—and it’s only a matter of time before the final bit is squeezed out, rendering it an empty vessel, good for nothing.” – The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

“Because love is an act of will. You think it will just happen, but you have to make it so. Even when it’s gone wrong. Wait and see. If love doesn’t come to you, you have to go find it.” – Green Witch by Alice Hoffman

“They say that women cannot know the ways of our God, but I have seen His truth with my own eyes. Our God knows all and sees all and has as much compassion for the sparrow as he does for the hawk that hunts it across the sky. Before Him, everything disappears in the wind. If you place a handful of grain on a rock and turn your back, it will fly away. If you leave a sparrow in a tower, it will not be there when you return. If you ask a hawk for mercy, your words will be rendered mute.” – The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

“All that information offered by the natural world suggests that somewhere between the meaninglessness of lives lived in destitute struggle and the emptiness off life lived in swaddled affluence there is daily, ordinary life filled with meaning.” – The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben

“The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest. By a power that is unfathomably secret, and holy, and fleet.”- A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard 

“I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other. When you’re five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties you know how old you are. I’m twenty-three, you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But then in your thirties something strange starts to happen. It’s a mere hiccup at first, an instant of hesitation. How old are you? Oh, I’m — you start confidently, but then you stop. You were going to say thirty-three, but you’re not. You’re thirty-five. And then you’re bothered, because you wonder if this is the beginning of the end. It is, of course, but it’s decades before you admit it.” – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

“Once you invade someone’s dreams you’re a part of them forever. For the rest of their life they’ll be spitting out little pieces of you.”- We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian

“Deciding who you are isn’t something you do just once. You decide who you are every day with every decision you make.”- The Dragon’s Egg by Resa Nelson

“If you fail to keep an eye on who you are, you might turn into someone else when you aren’t paying attention.”- The Dragon’s Egg by Resa Nelson

“And so they came to claim what was theirs, bashing, thrashing, and crashing like gods.” – The Dragon’s Egg by Resa Nelson

“Taste the sarcasm when it’s poured on your tongue”- Forbidden Darkness by Alec John Belle

“There is no such thing as a happy human life” – “There are only people, some people, who are dumb enough to consider themselves to be happy. Or to die happy.” – The Stranger’s Shadow, Max Frei

“If you are willing to listen, the fire will show you what it needs.” – Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith by Resa Nelson

“Iron is like anyone you’ll ever meet. Everybody is strong in certain ways and weak in others. When you hammer iron, you shape and mold its strength. The slag you hammer out of it—that’s nothing magic. Slag is just the weakness in the iron coming out.”- Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith by Resa Nelson


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