Quotes from Here be Dragons

Sharon Kay Penman ·  704 pages

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“Poor Wales. So far from Heaven, so close to England.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Eleanor would have been indifferent to the immorality of her adultery, but would never have forgiven the stupidity of it.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“The Welsh were a god-cursed, stiff-necked, and utterly vexatious people, John said bitterly, but they did have an inexplicable ability to rise phoenixlike from the ashes of defeat, to soar upwards on wings too scorched for flight.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Oh, John is clever enough. But what do brains avail a man if he does lack for backbone?”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Whilst stupidity may indeed be a sin, it is also possible to be too clever. I sometimes fear, John, that you are too clever by half.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons



“Indeed. But I was not thinking of his immortal soul, Matilda. I was thinking that history is chronicled by monks.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“If disliking Richard be grounds for accusing a man of conspiracy, I daresay you could implicate half of Christendom in this so-called plot. Richard endears himself easiest to those who've yet to meet him.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“If that’s how you’d rather remember it. But I did not mean that as a reproach. I do not, in truth, think less of you for having the common sense to abandon a ship once waves began to break over the bow. Nor, after sixteen years shut away from the sun, am I likely to find tears to spare for Henry Plantagenet.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“War is the least productive of men’s pastimes, and the most indulgent.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Poor Wales, so far from Heaven, so close to England!”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons



“The day that he accused a reigning King of murder was the day he signed his own death warrant, and he knew it.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“I’ve never been so hungry that I was willing to lick honey off thorns.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“There are secret sins and found-out sins, and it is foolish to worry about the first until it becomes the second.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“I would look dreadful in black.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Richard forced him from his sickbed, broke his power, his pride. But you, John, you broke his heart. I truly wonder which be the greater sin.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons



“In a contest of wills between John and his mother, he did not think John would prevail, indeed he hoped he would not. But he did not care to be a witness to their confrontation; he suspected Eleanor's methods would be neither maternal nor merciful.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Otherwise, I’d like nothing better than…conversing with you. You’re such a deep, penetrating conversationalist, after all,”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“Memory is merciful, Joanna, more so than man. It fades past pain, yet holds bright the colors in recalled joy.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, quote from Here be Dragons


About the author

Sharon Kay Penman
Born place: in New York, The United States
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