Monday, April 15, 2024

Beautiful 100 Quotes By Holly Black


1.“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

2.“Jude, you can’t really think I don’t know it’s you. I knew you from the moment you walked into the brugh.”

3.“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

4.“She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.”

5.“Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must.”

6.“If he thought I was bad, I would be worse. If he thought I was cruel, I would be horrifying.”

7.“By you, I am forever undone.”

8.“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.”

9.“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

10.“Those who really love you don’t mean to hurt you and if they do, you can’t see it in their eyes but it hurts them too.”

11.“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

12.“There’s always something left to lose.”

13.“It’s you I love,” he says. “I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.” He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. “You probably guessed as much,” he says. “But just in case you didn’t.”

14.“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.”

15.“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.”

16.“Sweet Jude, you’re my dearest punishment”

17.“Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty.”

18.“I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness.”

19.“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

20.“The truth is messy. It’s raw and uncomfortable. You can’t blame people for preferring lies.”

21.“Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips.” His eyes are black with desire. “By you, I am forever undone.”

22.“I want to tell you so many lies”

23.“If you’re the sickness, I suppose you can’t also be the cure.”

24.“I hate you,” I breathed into his mouth. “I hate you so much that sometimes I can’t think of anything else.”
“I hate you,” I breathed into his mouth. “I hate you so much that sometimes I can’t think of anything else.”

25.“Ah coffee. The sweet balm by which we shall accomplish today’s tasks.”

26.“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”

27.“The three of you have one solution to every problem. Murder. No key fits every lock.” Cardan gives us all a stern look, holding up a long-fingered hand with my stolen ruby ring still on one finger. “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.”

28.“I love my parents’ murderer; I suppose I could love anyone.”

29.“He looks up at me with his night-colored eyes, beautiful and terrible all at once. “For a moment,” he says, “I wondered if it wasn’t you shooting bolts at me.”

30.“Changing is what people do when they have no options left.”

31.“I missed you,” I whisper against his skin and feel dizzy with the intimacy of the admission, feel more naked than when he could see every inch of me. “In the mortal world, when I thought you were my enemy, I still missed you.”

32.“Yes, my great villan, my darling god. I will be as sober as a stone carving, just as soon as I can”

33.“Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

34.“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.”

35.“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”

36.“No, I won’t help you. No, I won’t hear you explain why I should. It really is a magical word: no. You say whatever bullshit you want and I just say no.”

37.“Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all.”

38.“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.”

39.“It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.”

40.“I start to speak, but he stops me with a gesture. “And you.” He looks at me, his lips curving in something that’s not quite a smile; it’s more and less than that. “I knew little else, but I always knew you.” And when he kisses me, I feel as though I can finally breathe again.”

41.“Let’s have a toast. To the incompetence of our enemies.”

42.“I wasn’t kind, Jude. Not to many people. Not to you. I wasn’t sure if I wanted you or if I wanted you gone from my sight so that I would stop feeling as I did, which made me even more unkind. But when you were gone—truly gone beneath the waves—I hated myself as I never have before.”

43.“Kill him before he makes you love him.”

44.“I think of his riddle. How do people like us take off our armor?One piece at a time.”

45.“Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.”

46.“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.”

47.“Seelie and Unseelie, Wild Folk and Shy Folk, I am glad to have you march under my banner, glad of your loyalty, grateful for your honor.” His gaze goes to me. “To you, I offer honey wine and the hospitality of my table. But to traitors and oath breakers, I offer my queen’s hospitality instead. The hospitality of knives.”

48.“Every hero is the villain of his own story.”

49.“Tell me what I must slay, what I must steal, tell me the riddle I must solve or the hag I must trick. Only tell me the way, and I will do it, no matter the danger, no matter the hardship, no matter the cost.”

50.“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”

51.“We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be. That’s why habits are so hard to break. If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth. If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.”

52.“You really do want me,’ I say, close enough to feel the warmth of his breath as it hitches. ‘And you hate it.”

53.“He’s flint, you’re tinder.”

54.“Pain makes you strong, Madoc once told me, making me lift a sword again and again. Get used to the weight.”

55.“The point of a fight is not to have a good fight, it’s to win.”

56.“Yes, my sweet villain, my darling god… Sweet Jude. You are my dearest punishment”

57.“The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed.”

58.“You are the only thing I have that is neither duty nor obligation, the only thing I chose for myself. The only thing I want. ”

59.“His eyes are open, watching my flushed face, my ragged breathing. I try to stop myself from making embarrassing noises. It’s more intimate than the way he’s touching me, to be looked at like that. I hate that he knows what he’s doing and I don’t. I hate being vulnerable. I hate that I throw my head back, baring my throat. I hate the way I cling to him, the nails of one hand digging into his back, my thoughts splintering, and the single last thing in my head: that I like him better than I’ve ever liked anyone and that of all the things he’s ever done to me, making me like him so much is by far the worst.”

60.“If she was going to die, she might as well die sarcastic.”

61.“But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself.”

62.“That’s what mortal means,” I say with a sigh that I don’t have to fake. “We die. Think of us like shooting stars, brief but bright.”

63.“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.”

64.“She wears trouble like a crown. If she ever falls in love, she’ll fall like a comet, burning the sky as she goes.”

65.“You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.”

66.“I need you to be happy. I need one of us to be happy.”

67.“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.”

68.“Having a heart is terrible, but you need one anyway.”

69.“Show your power by appearing powerless.”

70.“No matter how careful I am, eventually I’ll make another misstep. I am weak. I am fragile. I am mortal.”

71.“No trouble ever got fixed late at night,” he said. “Midnight is for regrets.”

72.“Clever girl. You play with fire because you want to be burnt.”

73.“Yeah, the whole family knows. It’s no big deal. One night at dinner I said, ‘Mom, you know the forbidden love that Spock has for Kirk? Well, me too.’ It was easier for her to understand that way.”

74.“It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes.”

75.“The disturbing thing about Cardan is how well he plays the fool to disguise his own cleverness.”

76.“Once upon a time, there was a human girl stolen away by faeries, and because of that, she swore to destroy them.”

77.“Come be angry at a nearer distance”

78.“I can’t trust the people I care about not to hurt me. And I’m not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either.”

79.“You don’t know how long I’ve waited to hear those words,” he says. “You don’t want me dead.”

80.“The Folk doubtlessly learned this lesson long ago. They do not need to deceive humans. Humans will deceive themselves.”

81.“My sweet nemesis , how glad I am that you returned”

82.“I get why he chose her. I just wish she had chosen me.”

83.“Baby,” she says in a harsh whisper, “in this world, lots of people will try to grind you down. They need you to be small so they can be big. You let them think whatever they want, but you make sure you get yours. You get yours.”

84.“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”

85.“There is no banquet too abundant for a starving man.”

86.“I love you like in the storybooks. I love you like in the ballads. I love you like a lightning bolt. I’ve loved you since the third month you came and spoke with me. I loved that you made me want to laugh. I loved the way you were kind and the way you would pause when you spoke, as though you were waiting for me to answer you. I love you and I am mocking no one when I kiss you, no one at all.”

87.“And the single last thing in my head: that I like him better than I’ve ever liked anyone and that of all the things he’s ever done to me, making me like him so much is by far the worst.”

88.“A heart of stone can still be broken.”

89.“Death’s favorites don’t die.”

90.“You don’t think monster girls and wicked boys deserve love?”

91.“Your ridiculous family might be surprised to find that not everything is solved by murder,” Locke calls after me.

92.“Cardan grins at me as though we’ve been great friends all our lives. I forgot how charming he can be–and how dangerous that is.”

93.“I need to stop fantasizing about running away to some other life and start figuring out the one I have.”

94.“He’s the kind of liar who totally forgets what he told you the last time, but he believes every single lie with such conviction that sometimes he can convince you of it.”

95.“Only idiots aren’t scared of things that are scary.”

96.“She knew what it felt like to tremble like that before touching someone — desire so acute that it became despair.”

97.“It’s shocking,” he says, as though he’s giving me some great compliment. “I know humans can lie, but to watch you do it is incredible. Do it again.”

98.“You carried my heart in your hands tonight,” he said. “But I have felt as if you carried it long before that.”

99.“Watching my back is the perfect opportunity to stick a knife in it.”

100.“I am the Queen of Elfhame. Even though I am the queen in exile, I am still the queen. And that means Madoc isn’t just trying to take Cardan’s throne. He’s trying to take mine.”

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