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Historical Fiction Quotes

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Diana Gabaldon
“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can walk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a man my son.”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Ruta Sepetys
“Good men are often more practical than pretty " said Mother. "Andrius just happens to be both.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Madeline Miller
“There is no law that gods must be fair, Achilles,” Chiron said. “And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. Do you think?”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Hermann Rauschning
“Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.”
Hermann Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction

Diana Gabaldon
“To see the years touch ye gives me joy", he whispered, "for it means that ye live.”
Diana Gabaldon (Jamie Fraser)

Asaad Almohammad
“You are there and to their ears, being a Syrian sounds like you’re unclean, shameful, indecent; it’s like you owe the world an apology for your very existence.”
Asaad Almohammad, An Ishmael of Syria

Asaad Almohammad
“The blind faith in some half-assed conspiracy theories lines up with the logic of having to believe in something with no questions asked. It gives us peace and comfort. As simple as I was, I found that resorting to this absolute nonsense was the root of all our problems. It was a road of willingly-learned helplessness, for no action could make a difference, thereby no action was needed.”
Asaad Almohammad, An Ishmael of Syria

Gwenn Wright
“How many times can a heart be shattered and still be pieced back together? How many times before the damage is irreparable?”
Gwenn Wright, The BlueStocking Girl

Libba Bray
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”
Libba Bray, The Diviners

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
Pat Miller, Willfully Ignorant

Laurie R. King
“I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book, and it was very rare to come across another person in that particular part of the world in that war year of 1915.”
Laurie R. King

Ruta Sepetys
“He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot.
We were about to become cigarettes.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Paolo Maurensig
“Life's temptations have the purpose of putting our spiritual integrity to the test. To yield to them, however, gives one a precarious and tormented satisfaction. But the worst temptations are those we give in to without getting anything in return except for the brutal discovery of our weakness.”
Paolo Maurensig

Leila Meacham
“I'm learning not to hope for what I can't control...”
Leila Meacham, Roses

Neal Stephenson
“Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo---which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn't a stupendous badass was dead.”
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

Jennifer Donnelly
“She's got a big belt around her hips. It has a shiny buckle with PRADA on it, which is Italian for insecure.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Alexandre Dumas
“True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.”
Alexandre Dumas

Sarah Sundin
“Sonetimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.”
Sarah Sundin

Jennifer Donnelly
“Beautiful people don't need coats. They've got their auras to keep them warm.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

T.K. Thorne
“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.--Ray Bradbury”
T.K. Thorne

Penelope Williamson
“My love for you won't stop with my leaving. Come an evening over the years, when you step outside your door and hear the wind blowing through the cottonwoods, that'll be me, thinking of you, whispering your name, and loving you.”
Penelope Williamson

Jane Yolen
“A book is a wonderful present. Though it may grow worn, it will never grow old.”
Jane Yolen, Girl in a Cage

Diana Gabaldon
“I thought the force of my wanting must wake ye, surely. And then ye did come. . ." He stopped, looking at me with eyes gone soft and dark. "Christ, Claire, ye were so beautiful, there on the stair, wi' your hair down and the shadow of your body with the light behind ye…." He shook his head slowly. "I did think I should die, if I didna have ye," he said softly. "Just then.”
Diana Gabaldon

Ruta Sepetys
“How did I get here How did I end up in the arms of a boy I barely knew but knew I didn't want to lose I wondered what I would have thought of Andrius in Lithuania. Would I have liked him Would he have liked me”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Diana Gabaldon
“Roger speaking to Brianna:
It's too important. You don't forget having a dad."
You do remember your father?"
No. I remember yours.”
Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone

Brian Selznick
“Fairy tales only happen in movies."
-George Melies

from The Invention of Hugo Cabret”
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Philippa Gregory
“I was born to be your rival,' she [Anne] said simply. 'And you mine. We're sisters, aren't we?”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Lauren Willig
“Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class. They came from Margaret Mitchell, from Anya Seton, from M.M. Kaye, and a host of other authors, in their crackly plastic library bindings. Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history’s illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities.”
Lauren Willig

Philippa Gregory
“Before anything else I was a woman who was capable of passion and who had a great need and a great desire for love.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

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