Quotes from The Cruel Prince

Holly Black ·  384 pages

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“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“So I am to sit here and feed you information,” Cardan says, leaning against a hickory tree. “And you’re to go charm royalty? That seems entirely backward.”
I fix him with a look. “I can be charming. I charmed you, didn’t I?”
He rolls his eyes. “Do not expect others to share my depraved tastes.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince



“If you hurt me, I wouldn't cry. I would hurt you back.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“Let's have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince



“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“I stand in front of my window and imagine myself a fearless knight, imagine myself a witch who hid her heart in her finger and then chopped her finger off.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“But kissing Locke never felt the way that kissing Cardan does, like taking a dare to run over knives, like an adrenaline strike of lightning, like the moment when you've swum too far out in the sea and there is no going back, only cold black water closing over your head.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince



“He looks like a faerie lover stepped out of a ballad, the kind where no good comes to the girl who runs away with him.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“There’s always something left to lose.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“I love my parents' murderer; I suppose I could love anyone.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“We don't need to be good. But let's try to be fair.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“No matter how careful I am, eventually I’ll make another misstep. I am weak. I am fragile. I am mortal.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince



“Cardan looks at me as though he's never seen me before. He looks at me as though no one has ever spoken to him like this. Maybe no one has.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“There you are," Cardan says as I take my place beside him. "How has the night been going for you? Mine has been full of dull conversation about how my head is going to find itself on a spike.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“This is absurd. This is awful. This isn’t how people show loyalty. This is epic, epic bullshit.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“He stares at me as though I am a stranger, but I have never felt less like one. For the first time, we are both unmasked.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince



“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“There is a pleasure in being with them. Taking what we wish, indulging in every terrible thought. There’s safety in being awful.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“Before, I never knew how far I would go. Now I believe I have the answer. I will go as far as there is to go. I will go way too far.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


“I am tired of caring,” I say. “Why should I?”
“Because they could kill you!”
“They better,” I say to her. “Because anything less than that isn’t going to work.”
― Holly Black, quote from The Cruel Prince


About the author

Holly Black
Born place: in New Jersey, The United States
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