30+ quotes from The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Quotes from The Bitter Kingdom

Rae Carson ·  433 pages

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“I think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we’re imagining it. Because it is the most painful kind of hope there is.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“You look beautiful," Alodia says.
I startle at the compliment. Then I smile. "I’m beautiful to the one person who matters."
She nods. "Hector’s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you.”
“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“A word is the only thing in the world made more powerful by absence than existence.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“I am strong enough, man enough, to be subject to you.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“I love you, too," he whispers in my ear. "Wholly. Madly."
"Does that mean you'll marry me?"
"I suppose.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Peace is such hard work. Harder than war. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Weren't you scared?" I ask.
"Yes. But it was a good scared."
"There's a good kind?"
"Oh, yes." Her voice drops so low I have to strain to hear. "Orlin made me scared all the time. Scared I would starve. Scared I would get too cold. Scared he would hurt me again or get so mad he'd throw me to one of the men. That was nasty bad scared." She pauses, scuffing her boots against the floor. "But you never hit me, even though I'm your slave... You always feed me. You call me my true name. Now when I'm scared, it's not because of meanness. And today, I chose my own scared. It's always a good scared, when you get to pick it your own self.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“It would destroy me to have you just a little”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Promise me you'll live," he insists. "Because when this is all over, we must discuss how you sometimes kiss me to shut me up, and how I'll no longer stand for it.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Rosario is safe. You were supposed to outlive me. Elisa is ten times the ruler you were. I've stolen your wife. I'm not sorry.
I miss you.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“It is human nature to concoct explanations to fill the great void of the unknown.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Belén shrugs. "It's a perfect plan."
"As easy as falling in love," Mara adds.
"Foolproof," Hector agrees.
I don't deserve such friends. I blink against the sting of threatening tears and say, "All you Joyans are filthy liars.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Until recently, I believed all horses were alike. They’ve been giant, four-footed animals with ugly dispositions and alarmingly large teeth for so long that it’s a bit startling to notice how different they are from each other. Mara’s mare, for instance, is a chestnut bay except for a wide white blaze down her nose that makes her seem perpetually surprised. My huge plodding mount is a dark brown near to blackcreature, with the most unruly mane I’ve ever seen. Her shaggy forelock covers her right eye and reaches almost to her mouth.
Mara’s mare head-butts her in the chest. Grinning, Mara plants a kiss between her wide, dumb eyes, then murmurs something.
“Have you named her?” I ask.
“Yes! Her name is Jasmine.”
I grimace. “But jasmine is such a sweet, pretty flower.”
Mara laughs. “Have you named yours?”
“Her name is Horse.”
She rolls her eyes. “If you want to get along with your mount you have to learn each others’ languages. That means starting with a good name.”
“All right.” I pretend to consider. “What about Imbecile? Or Poops A Lot?”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Painting the enemy as being as inhuman as possible is a great way to win a war.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Storm leans towards her and says in a teaching voice, "Joyans consider it is rude to express one's true opinion unless it is unequivocally flattering."
Her brow furrows. "Then how do the express anything at all?”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“But you and I - " he brushes the collar of the gown aside - "are students of knowledge. We believe in careful practice to attain perfection.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Lord-commander, I won't pretend to love her the way you do. But I do owe her my life and my honour. I am Joyan now. And we are, all of us, filthy liars.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Don't be daft, I love you."
He grins, "You've never said.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“She grabs my hand and squeezes. Then she looks me up and down, frowning. "You're disgusting."
"I dressed to commemorate the time you dragged me through the desert.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Elisa, tell me truly. Have you attained that kind of power? The kind that would frighten an animagus?"
"I have."
Her eyes widen and her lips part. She says to Storm, "You always speak truly, yes?"
"Yes, Your Highness."
"You are also an animagus, are you not?"
"I am."
"And you believe my sister has the kind of power she claims?"
"No," he says. "She is being modest.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“It's possible I've been through too much, lost too much. War damages different people in different ways; Hector taught me that. King Alejandro became spineless and incapable. His father before him was rash and unpredictable, if I'm to believe court gossip. Perhaps this is my damage. Maybe I am numb to fear because I am broken.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“It’s the highest art form, deceiving without lying. A word is the only thing in the world made more powerful by absence than existence.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“We have a saying. My people call it 'choosing the path of fewest lashes.'"
"That's terrible," I murmur; half to myself.
"You mistake 'terrible' for 'different,'" he says. "You have a similar say, do you not? 'The lesser of two evils'?”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Storm explains, "Joyans find Invierno names complicated and incomprehensible."
I glare at him. Storm and I were going to have a conversation about 'complicated and incomprehensible" versus 'over-wrought and inefficient'.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Just thinking about her makes you shine with her fire.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“I saw the way she looked at you. You are life and breath for her."
He's wrong about that. Elisa loves fiercely, it's true. But she loves with her heart and mind. If she comes for me, it will be part of a larger plan to rescue all of Joya.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“All I know of Inviernos is bloodshed and cruelty and rage and..." Her voice trails off as tears fill her eyes.
"And me," Storm says softly. "You know me.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Pummel me all you want," I say. "Pummel me to death, in fact. My answers will not change."
The Invierno step back, frowning. "You must love her very much," he says, not unkindly.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Maybe you could heal her? You're the one who loves her."
"I don't know how to heal."
"What you mean is you're too afraid to try."
His face turns thoughtful. "Yes, that's exactly what I mean.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


“Storm returns with close-cropped hair the color of corn silk and a new swagger.”
― Rae Carson, quote from The Bitter Kingdom


About the author

Rae Carson
Born place: in The United States
Born date August 17, 1973
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