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Bram Stoker, Dracula

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

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P. J. Hogan: Peter Pan

You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.

P. J. Hogan, Peter Pan

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Roald Dahl: The Minpins

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Roald Dahl, The Minpins

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Yasmin Mogahed: Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

They say you don’t get over someone until you find someone or something better. As humans, we don’t deal well with emptiness. Any empty space must be filled. Immediately. The pain of emptiness is too strong. It compels the victim to fill that place. A single moment with that empty spot causes excruciating pain. That’s why we run from distraction to distraction and from attachment to attachment.”

Yasmin Mogahed

The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

Tiff’s note:

I find this to be untrue. One thing I learned long ago to be very effective is “leaning into the pain.” Getting over someone by finding something better? The way I get over someone is by finding myself. Filling an “empty space” with my own life. This hasn’t always been the case, but it’s certainly what I’ve grown into.

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Maya Angelou Quotes

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou quotes

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Azar Nafisi — Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.

Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

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J.R.R. Tolkien: Quotes from The Lord of the Rings

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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Jack Kerouac Quotes: On the Road

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Lewis Carroll Quotes: Alice in Wonderland

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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George Bernard Shaw Quotes: Man and Superman

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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Dr. Seuss Quotes: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Dr. Seuss Quotes, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes: The Scarlet Letter

It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.

Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter

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Charles Dickens Quotes: The Old Curiosity Shop

The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.

Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

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Oscar Wilde Literary Quotes: Lady Windermere’s Fan

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

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Jane Austen Literary Quotes: Mansfield Park

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

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George Eliot Literary Quotes: The Mill on the Floss

We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.

— George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

True or no? (Tiff’s note)

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.

― Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

To define is to limit.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.

― Oscar Wilde,The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

The cure for temptation, and I concur!

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Literary quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Quotes about Libraries: Kirk Douglas, Actor

My mother and father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn’t believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn’t believe it was free.

Kirk Douglas, Actor

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Quotes about Libraries: Malcolm X

My Alma Mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

Malcolm X

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Literary Quotes from Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

God triumphs on the ruins of our plans. And maybe that is what is happening here. We make blunders, we make mistakes, and somehow new doors open, new possibilities arise, opportunities of which, we’ve never dreamed. Let’s trust that that is what is happening here for each of us.

Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes from Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

Hellfire believers seem to delight in the idea that most of the human race would end up in just such a horrible place.

Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes from Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

You are living in a blessed time now, Reuben, and you will be until all those you love here are gone, until your generation is in the earth. Then immortality will begin for you.

Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes from Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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Quotes about Libraries: Toby Forward

Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down.

Toby Forward

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Quotes about Libraries: Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have an unshaken conviction that democracy can never be undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable of utilizing them.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Quotes about Libraries: Jorge Luis Borges

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges

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Quotes about Libraries: Kurt Vonnegut

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Quotes about Libraries: Sara Sheridan

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Quotes about Libraries: E.B. White

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Quotes about Libraries: Mark Twain

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Quotes about Libraries: Germaine Greer

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Quotes about Libraries: Virginia Woolf

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Quotes about Libraries: Walter Cronkite

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Quotes about Libraries: Patrick Ness

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Quotes about Libraries: T.S. Eliot

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Quotes about Libraries: John Lubbock

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Quotes about Libraries: Keith Richards

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Quotes about Libraries: Sidney Sheldon

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Quotes about Libraries: Albert Einstein

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Quotes about Libraries: Mark Twain

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Quotes about Libraries: Archibald MacLeish

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Quotes about Libraries: Ray Bradbury

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Quotes about Libraries: Carl Sagan

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Quotes about Libraries: Anne Herbert

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Quotes about Libraries: Neil Gaiman

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Writers on Writing: Joshua Skye

Writing a simple erotic short is not easy for me…I always want to throw in a serial killer, weirdo fetish, or a goblin.

 

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Peter Ackroyd Quotes

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Life and Literary Quotes: Tender is The Night is MY NIGHT!

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Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake

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Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

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1984 by George Orwell

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Literary Quotes: 9/27/11

There are too many books in the world to read in a single life time. You have to draw the line somewhere.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/26/11

I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/24/11

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its page, its spirit grows and strengthens.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón






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Literary Quotes: 9/23/11

It (an antique bookstore) is a repository of books, a place of safety for all the volumes, once so lovingly written, that at present no one seems to want. 
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


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Literary Quotes: 9/22/11

I’ve only come to realize lately how often and how much we are moved by others, even when we are priding ourselves on our control and self-reliance.
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

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Literary Quotes: 9/21/11

All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes – characters even – caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/20/11

To stay awake at night adds a day to your life.
Stilgar: Children of Dune a novel by Frank Herbert


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Literary Quotes: 9/19/11

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.
Walt Whitman


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Literary Quotes: Delightful Discoveries

Occasionally, I stumble upon a Literary Quote that someone else has shared, and it brightens my day, opens my mind, makes me want to JUMP to this little blog and share immediately. I call them “Delightful Discoveries”. Here’s the one I discovered today, via Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


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Literary Quotes: 9/18/11

If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world. If you can do that, you can change the way people live their lives. And that’s the only lasting thing you can create.
Chuck Palahniuk






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Literary Quotes: 9/17/11

I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.
Chuck Palahniuk 


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Literary Quotes: 9/16/11

What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.
Chuck Palahniuk


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Literary Quotes: 9/15/11

Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


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Literary Quotes: 9/14/11

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.
1984 by George Orwell


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Literary Quotes: 9/13/11

It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


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Literary Quotes: 9/12/11

The best way to waste your life, … is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don’t participate.
Chuck Palahniuk

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Literary Quotes: 9/11/11

There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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Literary Quotes: 9/10/11

Of course I loved books more than people.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 


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September Literary Quotes

I’ve been remiss. Pesky when things outside of books take most of my attention. But getting back to what is important in life….


For the rest of September and October, I’ll be posting quotes from the book I read in the spring that I lost myself in, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I’ll also be posting quotes from:

  • The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (recently finished)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’m trying to get through it….I do NOT like to apologize for not enjoying a book but it’s just not grabbing me. I’ll keep trying)
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (my current dark delicious read)
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Literary Quotes: 8/15/11

And he would listen, making only a few comments, always sympathetic, so that when I left him I had the distinct impression he had solved everything for me.
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes: 8/14/11

Revenge is the concern of those who are at some point or other beaten. I am not beaten, I told myself. No, not beaten. And victory is far more interesting to contemplate than revenge.
The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice




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Author Quotes: 8/13/11

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Oscar Wilde


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Literary Quotes: 8/13/11

I’d thought I knew what beauty was in women; but she’d surpassed all the language I had for it.
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

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Literary Quotes: 8/12/11

No, but one can feel desperate at any age, don’t you think? The young are eternally desperate,” he said frankly. “And books, they offer one hope – that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that new universe, one is saved. 
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/11/11

No one is safe from nature’s savagery,not even the innocent. Only beauty is consistent. Gabrielle envisions a time when the Savage Garden will overtake civilizations and destroy it. 
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/10/11

The great adventure of our lives. What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world? and what is ‘the end of the world’ except a phrase, because who knows even what is the world itself? I had now lived in two centuries, seen the illusions of one shattered by the other, been eternally young and eternally ancient, possessing no illusions, living moment to moment in a way that made me picture a silver clock ticking in a void: the painted face, the delicately carved hands looked upon by no one, looking out at no one, illuminated by a light which was not a light, like the light by which god made the world before He had made light. Ticking, ticking, ticking, the precision of the clock, in a room as vast as the universe. 
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice




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Literary Quotes: 8/9/11

It’s so easy to wish for death when nothing’s wrong with you! It’s so easy to fall in love with death, and I’ve been all my life, and seen it’s most faithful worshippers crumble in the end, screaming just to live, as if all the dark veils and the lillies and the smell of candles, and grandiose promises of the grave meant nothing. I knew that. But I always wished I was dead. It was a way to go on living.
Anne Rice


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Literary Quotes: 8/8/11

It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words.
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice 



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Literary Quotes: 8/7/11

There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world-its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. 
Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice