"He wants to draw a marble statue, not a person!" cries Iris.
“Then be marble for him, you fool,” says Margarethe. “Be bronze if he wants it; be glass; be oak. Be what he wants, or we go hungry.”
“He wants beauty,” says Iris, rubbing her nose. “He has a hound, and he wants beauty.”
Margarethe’s expression is blank. At last she says, “Then be beauty. Make-believe it."
— Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
"In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings. When we grow up, we learn that it’s far more common for human beings to turn into rats."
— Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (via liabilititties
"Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch."
— Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden (via mashamorevna
(Source: backfromthedeadred, via sansastarkt)
"Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes—characters even—caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you."
— The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
"Readers are fools. They believe all writing is autobiographical. And so it is, but not in the way they think. The writer’s life needs time to rot away before it can be used to nourish a work of fiction. it must be allowed to decay."
— "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
"Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so."
— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
"I’ve nothing against people who love truth. Apart from the fact that they make dull companions. (…) What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie."
— The Thirteenth Tale
, by Diane Setterfield
"There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic…"
— Margaret (The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield)
"People want to believe magic is nothing but clever deceptions, because to think it real would keep them up at night, afraid of their own existence."
— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
"The past stays on you the way powdered sugar stays on your fingers. Some people can get rid of it but it’s still there, the events and things that pushed you to where you are now."
— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (via forsakenvinyl
when a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? did it become something else?
(Source: willliamherondale, via ohmylaheys)
"‘Love’? What do you know of love?”
“It’s at the heart of every story."
— Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
by Jessica Day George
"'Stories have changed, my dear boy,' The man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. 'There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognise for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister's story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl.'"
— The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Lit Meme → [3/10] Books: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
"Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them… This is, in part, why there is less magic in the world today. Magic is secret and secrets are magic, after all, and years upon years of teaching and sharing magic and worse. Writing it down in fancy books that get all dusty with age has lessened it, removed its power bit by bit."
— The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern