28+ quotes from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

Quotes from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

Maggie Stiefvater ·  352 pages

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“I sat on the hill, the wind whispering through the long grass that surrounded me. I stared at the stars and wanted more than what I was and more than what the world was and just - wanted.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I tried to picture her in a class, any class, anywhere on campus, and failed miserably. I pictured her frolicking in a forest glade around some guy she'd just sacrificed to a heathen god. That image worked way better.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Do you ever get the feeling that something awful might happen?' James asked me. . . I sat up. 'I'm the awful thing that happens.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“We dance, we dance. You hold the thread of my soul. You spin, you spin. And you unravel the part from the whole. We laugh, we laugh. I'm so far from where I began. I fall, I fall. And I forget that I am.-from Golden Tongue:The Poems of Steven Slaughter”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“You needn't tell a bird it's a bird. Or remind a fish of its purpose. It's only us who lose our way. We have names because we must. - from Golden Tongue: The Poems of Steven Slaughter”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Look, I realize both of you could happily strangle each other across the table, but I don't think that's the most effective use of our time, and frankly, I don't think I have enough money to tip the waitress for that kind of clean-up. And look, here's lunch. Let's eat that instead of eachother.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“The fact was, I didn't know if I was built for happy endings.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“It's like thinking you're going to heaven, but when you get there it turns out to be Cleveland.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Nuala, can we just have, like, a cease-fire? I mean, you can go back to calling me an ass and trying to lure me to my death tomorrow and I'll go back to treating you like a psychotic bitch and researching ways to exorcise you in the morning, but seriously, can we just have a cease-fire for tonight?”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I've been waiting for you forever."

"Forever' as in several hundred years, or forever as in since my lesson began?”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“M'Dear," I said cordially, "Your butt's blocking my bumper. Do you think you could move your loitering five feet to the south and let me leave?”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I gave Paul a withering look but the truth was I was curious as hell. First of all, to find out what Sullivan wanted. And second, to see what a teacher's room looked like. I'd always sort of figured they came out during the day to teach classes and then got stored in shoe boxes under someone's bed until they were needed again. (James)”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Eleanor's voice was below zero. 'My finest horse to whichever faerie in this room brings me that woman's left eye.'

My thoughts exactly.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“The most dangerous and wonderful creature alive is the human.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“People being nice for no apparent reason always made me suspicious. People being nice to me with no apparent reason made me even more suspicious.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Interesting choice," Sullivan said. He slid his gaze over to Paul, who was drumming his fingers on the table in a manic, caffeine-inspired way and blinking a lot. Paul wasn't out-and-out singing along with the king of the dead, but he might as well have put out a big neon sign saying "How's My Driving? Ask Me About My Nerves: 1-800-WIG-N-OUT."
--James”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“My friend is having his period," I told the pizza guy, and handed him his tip. "He needs Britney and extra cheese to get him through it. I'm trying to be supportive.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“A frightening menagerie, my emotions are
Too many and varied to number
Like creatures they crawl and they fly above
Tearing my body asunder.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Unrequited love," I'd say. He'd look at me sideways in that cunning way he did and say, "what about it?" and I'd reply, "it's not your color." Pithy. Just to show him that I'd noticed. Or maybe I'd show myself to her and say, "Guess I'm not the only one who uses humans around here." And then I'd summon some of Owain's hounds to chew off the bottom bits of her legs. Then she wouldn't fit just right into his arms. She'd be too short. It'd be like hugging a midget.
Nuala- pg. 75”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“Nuala shot me a hard look. "Shut up. I don't think love has anything to do with how the other person is. I mean, maybe a little. I think what really matters is you yourself. Like, you know, let's say you lo- really liked a self-involved ass. That doesn't matter. What matters is how that ass makes you feel. If you feel like the best person in the world when you're with him, that's what makes you like him. It really isn't about how nice of a person he is at all.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“When they say "my heart skipped a beat," they're full of crap. Really, what they mean is, your heart sort of stutters and thinks about stopping for a second before it remembers that beating is good for it.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“When the end comes, dark and hungry I'll be alone, love When the end comes, black and starving I'll say good-bye, love.-from Golden Tongue: The Poems of Steven Slaughter”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I was thinking about attraction. I have this theory on it. On love." She wouldn't look at me.
I swallowed, but managed, "This ought to be good."
Nuala shot me a hard look. "Shut up. I don't think love has anything to do with how the other person is. I mean, maybe a little. I think what really matters is you yourself. Like, you know, let's say you lo- really liked a self-involved ass. That doesn't matter. What matters is how that ass makes you feel. If you feel like the best person in the world when you're with him, that's what makes you like him. It really isn't about how nice a person he is at all."
I ran my tongue over my bottom lip. "I like it. It's like the selfish person's guide to love. It's not you, baby, it's me I'm in love with.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I couldn't remember the last time I hadn't had to fake gratitude for a gift, and now that I actually was grateful, thank you didn't seem to cut it.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I didn't know what to say. It kind of hurt just to look at her, in a way i'd forgotten. Sort of like a splinter - not when you first get it under your skin, but the slow ache after it has been taken out.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“El sueño tiene su propia cadencia, su propia melodía, como la muerte. A veces es silenciosa, a veces se eleva en una hermosa armonía, que no se recuerda muy bien cuando uno está huyendo de ella.
-de Lengua de Oro: Los Poemas de Steven Slaughter.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“I'm just not a good psychic. I can tell when something's not right, sometimes, but I can't tell what it is, or when it is, or if I'm supposed to do anything about it. I've tried to make it make sense, but I can't. It's just feelings instead of words.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


“But that drummer – the one who could make his drum sound like water dropping into a bucket or like the footfalls of a giant or like rain scattering on a roof – he was the one to watch. He was the one who could make you forget yourself.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, quote from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie


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