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Quotes from Nothing but Shadows

Cassandra Clare ·  96 pages

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“Do not let any of them tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You never know when, and you never know who, but someday a stranger will burst through the door of your life and transform it utterly. The world will be turned upside down, and you will be happier for it.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You cannot simply ask whether people look like their demon grandfather!”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“James reared up from his bed and threw himself into Uncle Jem’s arms. He had heard some people found the Silent Brothers frightening, with their silent speech and their stitched eyes, but to him the sight of a Silent Brother’s robe always meant Uncle Jem, always meant steadfast love.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“Father nevver once looked at any woman the way he looked at Mother, with joy and thanksgiving, as if she was a living wish, granted past all hope.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“And what do you like to do, little man?" "I like-books," James had said. While standing in the bookshop, with a parcel of books under his arm. The lady had given him a pitying look. "I read-erm-rather a lot," James went on, dreary master of the obvious. King of the obvious. Emperor of the obvious.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You are James Herondale, said Uncle Jem. As you always were. Part your mother, part your father, part yourself. I would not change any part of you if I could.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“There are only four points of warmth and brightness, in the whole world, that burn fiercely enough for me to feel something like the person I was. Your mother, your father, Lucie, and you. You love, and tremble, and burn.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“I will always look to you for light”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You love, and tremble, and burn. Do not let any of them tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“I knew nothing but shadows, and I thought them to be real. —Oscar Wilde”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“He did not know why books had not taught him how to talk so other people wanted to listen.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“People are afraid of anybody who is different: It makes them worry everyone else is different too, and just pretending to be all the same.” James”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“Your mother says she will be brave and keep a stiff upper lip,” said Father. “Americans are heartless. I will cry into my pillow every night.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“Would you like me to magically strip you and put you in gear?” Mr. Fell asked. “In front of everybody?”
“That would be a thrill for everybody, I’m sure,” said Matthew. Ragnor Fell wiggled his fingers, and green sparks spat from his fingertips. James was pleased to see Matthew actually take a step back. “Might be too thrilling for a Wednesday,” Matthew said. “I’ll go put on my gear then, shall I?”
“Do,” said Ragnor.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“James had thought he wanted a friend like himself, a parabatai who was shy and quiet and would enter in on James’s feelings about the terror of parties. Instead here was Matthew, who was the life and soul of every party, who made dreadful hairbrush decisions, who was unexpectedly and terribly kind. Who had tried to be his friend and kept trying, even though James did not know what trying to be a friend looked like. Who could see James, even when he was a shadow. “Yes,”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“The Smile won Matthew extra time before bed, extra Christmas pudding, extra anything he wanted. Adults were helpless to resist The Smile.

Matthew gave his all to this particular smile. Butter melted. Birds sang. People slipped about dazed amid the butter and birdsong.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“Father had borrowed Uncle Gabriel’s new carriage so he could take James from Alicante to the Academy, just the two of them. Father had not asked if he could borrow Uncle Gabriel’s carriage.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“I’m a swot,” said James. “I read books all the time and I do not know how to talk to people. If I was a girl living in olden times, people would call me a bluestocking. I wish I could talk to people like you do. I wish I could smile at people and make them like me. I wish I could tell a story and have everybody listen, and have people follow me around wherever I went. Well, no, I don’t, because I am slightly terrified by people, but I wish I could do all that you can do, just the same.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“Maybe he could trust her to love him despite how often he might fail her”

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― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“You love, and tremble, and burn. Do not let any of them tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“When the south wing collapses, there could be flying debris," Father remarked. "Any one of us could be injured." He sounded very cheerful about this. 'Best to stop on our way home and see the Silent Brothers.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“He had never thought he would long to be called Goatface.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“But how would it be if there was nowhere in the world that you belonged? If you could get nobody to love you? What if you could not be a Shadowhunter or a warlock or anything else?
Maybe then you were worse than a tragedy. Maybe you were nothing at all.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


“A mundane lady had wandered up to them at Hatchard's book shop in London....James' family often went to Hatchard's all together, but when James and his father went alone, ladies quite often found a reason to wander over to them and strike up a conversation. Father told the lady that he spent his days hunting evil and rare first editions. Father could always find something to say to people, could always make them laugh. This seemed a strange, wondrous power to James, as impossible to achieve as it would be for him to shape-shift like a werewolf. James did not worry about ladies approaching Father. Father never once looked at any woman the way he looked at Mother, with joy and thanksgiving, as if she was a living wish, granted past all hope.”
― Cassandra Clare, quote from Nothing but Shadows


About the author

Cassandra Clare
Born place: Teheran, Iran
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