30+ quotes from The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Quotes from The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness ·  561 pages

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“I see you, even when you hide from the rest of the world. I hear you, even when you're silent.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“the wolf who wins is the wolf you feed. The evil wolf feeds on anger, guilt, sorrow, lies, and regret. The good wolf needs a diet of love and honesty, spiced up with big spoonfuls of compassion and faith. So if you want the good wolf to win, you’re going to have to starve the other one.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. —PHILIPPE DE CLERMONT, OFTEN ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES DARWIN”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“It’s one thing to wander in the darkness because you know no different, but it’s quite another to enjoy the light only to have it taken from you,”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“I have a master’s degree in medieval literature. Wyverns—or firedrakes, if you prefer—were once common in European mythology and legends.” “But you . . . you’re my accountant,” Sarah sputtered. “Do you have any idea how many English majors are accountants?” Vivian asked with raised eyebrows.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“I watched in silence as the parts of Matthew I knew and loved—the poet and the scientist, the warrior and the spy, the Renaissance prince and the father—fell away until only the darkest, most forbidding part of him remained. He was only the assassin now. But he was still the man I loved.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“a willingness to change was the secret of survival.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“The secret is that I may be the head of the Bishop-Clairmont family, but you are its heart,” he whispered. “And the three of us are in perfect agreement: The heart is more important.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“and if we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“He was so worthy of being loved; I didn’t want him to be alone. Something in my expression must have revealed what was on my mind. “No pity, Auntie. The winds do not always blow as the ship desires,” he murmured, tucking me into my chair. “The winds do what I tell them to do.” “And I plot my own course.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“The door swooshed open. A tiny woman in a purple miniskirt, red boots, and a black T-shirt that read STAND BACK—I’M GOING TO TRY SCIENCE walked through. Miriam Shephard had arrived.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Oh, yes. I know all about vampires and their crazy ways.” Apparently, Fernando didn’t have the same reluctance as Matthew and Ysabeau did to tell vampire tales.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“According to my grandmother’s people, two wolves live inside every creature: one evil and the other good. They spend all their time trying to destroy each other.” It was, Matthew thought, as good a description of blood rage as he was ever likely to hear from someone not afflicted with the disease. “My bad wolf is winning.” Jack looked sad. “He doesn’t have to,” Chris promised. “Nana Bets said the wolf who wins is the wolf you feed. The evil wolf feeds on anger, guilt, sorrow, lies, and regret. The good wolf needs a diet of love and honesty, spiced up with big spoonfuls of compassion and faith. So if you want the good wolf to win, you’re going to have to starve the other one.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Vote?” Matthew said, incredulous. “Since when did we vote in this family?” “Since Marcus took over the Knights of Lazarus,” Gallowglass replied, drawing a silver lighter from his pocket. “We’ve been choking on democracy since the day you left.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Take care, Gallowglass,” Matthew murmured. It was no casual farewell, but an order. His nephew nodded. “As if your wife were my own.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“No wonder Philippe always looked so exhausted,” he said ruefully when he was through. “It’s very fatiguing pretending you’re in charge when your wife actually rules the roost.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Fear.’ My mother had warned me of its power, but I had misunderstood, as children often do. I’d thought it was the fear of others that I needed to guard against, but it was my own terror. Because of that misunderstanding, I’d let the fear take root inside me until it clouded my thoughts and affected how I saw the world. Fear”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Blue had always struck her as such a serene, soothing color, yet all social media offered was endless agitation and posturing. It was worse than the court of Versailles.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves" - Fernando Conclaves”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Baldwin had never grasped the concept of atonement. His view of Matthew’s faith was purely transactional—you went to church, confessed, and walked out a clean man. But salvation was more complicated. Philippe had come to understand that in the end, although he had long found Matthew’s constant search for forgiveness irritating and irrational.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“There was an avocado green slow cooker, a venerable coffeemaker, two coffee grinders, and a blender. These were the tools of the modern witch, though Sarah kept a big black cauldron by the fireplace for old times’ sake.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“You’re taking this very well, Gallowglass,” Diana said gratefully. “Matthew would be trying to talk me out of it.” “That’s what you get for falling in love with the wrong man,” he said under his breath, slipping the phone back into his pocket.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Here’s Fernando,” Sarah said in a tone suggesting that deliverance had come at last.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Los secretos, como los muertos, no siempre permanecen enterrados.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Now I want nothing more than to grow old with you,” Matthew said.”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“She could not imagine why these companies all chose shades of blue for their logos. Blue had always struck her as such a serene, soothing color, yet all social media offered was endless agitation and posturing. It was worse than the court of Versailles. Come”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“Fear had also choked out any desire to work magic. It had been my crutch and my cloak, keeping me from exercising my power. Fear had sheltered me from the curiosity of others and provided an oubliette where I could forget who I really was: a witch. I’d”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


“No, I’m a vampire.” Matthew stepped forward, joining Chris under the projector’s light. “And before you ask, I can go outside during the day and my hair won’t catch fire in the sunlight. I’m Catholic and have a crucifix. When I sleep, which is not often, I prefer a bed to a coffin. If you try to stake me, the wood will likely splinter before it enters my skin.” He bared his teeth. “No fangs either. And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled.” Matthew’s face darkened to emphasize the point. I”
― Deborah Harkness, quote from The Book of Life


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Deborah Harkness
Born place: in The United States
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