The wheel of fortune [...] tells us that we all only want victory. We all want to triumph. But we all have to learn to endure what comes. We have to learn to treat misfortune and great fortune with indifference. That is wisdom.— Philippa Gregory
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Every woman has to have something which singles her out, which catches the eyes, which makes her the center of attention. I am going to be french.
Just because one man calls him Allah and another calls him God is no reason for believers to be enemies.
Words have weight, something once said cannot be unsaid.
Meaning is like a stone dropped into a pool; the ripples will spread and you cannot know what back they wash against.
When a man wants a mystery, it is generally better to leave him mystified.
Nobody loves a clever woman.
I had never seen a woman in such despair before.
It was worse than death, it was a constant longing for death and a constant rejection of life. She lived like darkness in her own day.
I put the charm bracelet away in the purse and return it to my jewel case.
I don't need a spell to foresee the future; I am going to make it happen.
Once more, I am watching the most powerful men in the kingdom bring their power to bear on a woman who has done nothing worse than live to the beat of her own heart, see with her own eyes; but this is not their tempo nor their vision and they cannot tolerate any other.
You can smile when your heart is breaking because you are a woman, and a courtier, and a Howard. That's three reasons for being the most deceitful creature on God's earth.
For Harry Potter I have all the time in the world.
Being a stepmother has worked out very well for me. I love my stepchildren very much.
Take care with your words, Jacquetta, especially in cursing.
Only say the things you mean, make sure you lay your curse on the right man. For be very sure that when you put such words out in the world they can overshoot-like an arrow, a curse can go beyond your target and harm another. A wise woman curses very sparingly.
Good god what men can do to their brains when their cocks are hard.
I believe in me, in my view of the world.
I believe in my responsibility for my own destiny, guilt for my own sins, merit for my own good deeds, determination of my own life. I don't believe in miracles, I believe in hard work.
There are many sorts of love. And when you love a man who is less than you dreamed, you have to make allowances for the difference between a real man and a dream. Sometimes you have to forgive him. Perhaps you even have to forgive him often. But forgiveness often comes with love.
He promised her that he would give her everything, everything she wanted, as men in love always do. And she trusted him despite herself, as women in love always do.
I love reading and I love thinking - the reason that I love my books so much is that in order to write them I have to read and to think for years at a time about the same period of time.
Oh yes. Draw your hem back from my mud, little sister.
We might, either of us, be Queen of England and yet we'll always be nothing to our family.
Edward lives as if there is no tomorrow, Richard as if he wants no tomorrow, and George as though someone should give it to him for free.
I have seen sights and travelled in countries you cannot imagine.
I have been afraid and I have been in danger, and I have never for one moment thought that I would throw myself at at a man for his help.
Sometimes you cannot help what you hear, you cannot help what you see.
She was like a mother to me...and I betrayed as a daughter will betray her mother and yet, never stop loving her.
... all that that I learn just teaches me that I know nothing.
I was born to be your rival,' she [Anne] said simply. 'And you mine. We're sisters, aren't we?
If there is love enough,then nothing-not nature, not even death itself- can come between two who love each other.
Fortune's wheel takes you very high and then throws you very low, and there is nothing you can do but face the turn of it with courage.
You can smile when your heart is breaking because you're a woman.
I felt as if we were fighting something worse than Anne, some demon that possessed her, that possessed all of us Boleyns: ambition - the devil that had brought us to this little room and brought my sister to this insane distress and us to this savage battle.
A man will always promise to do more than he can do to a woman he cannot understand.
I wanted the heat and the sweat and the passion of a man that I could love and trust. And I wanted to give myself to him: not for advantage, but for desire.
The truth is the last thing that matters,' she said.
'And you can believe one thing of the truth and me: I keep it well hidden, inside my heart.
When you pray, you know that you want something, that's always the first step.
to let yourself know that you want something, that you yearn for it. sometimes that's the hardest thing to do. Because you have to have courage to know what you desire. You have to have courage to acknowledge that you are unhappy without it.
Tell my daughter Elizabeth -- no! Tell all my daughters, everywhere, in all the ages yet to come. Tell them how I died, and why. And tell them to remember this: the future is unwritten. Know your rights.
When a woman thinks her husband is a fool, her marriage is over.
They may part in one year or ten; they may live together until death. But if she thinks he is a fool, she will not love him again.
The sons of York will destroy each other, one brother destroying another, uncles devouring nephews, fathers beheading sons. They are a house which has to have blood, and they will shed their own if they have no other enemy.
He is my brother. She is my sister. Come what will, they are my kin.
Katherine of Aragon was speaking out for the women of the country, for the good wives who should not be put aside just because their husbands had taken a fancy to another, for the women who walked the hard road between kitchen, bedroom, church and childbirth. For the women who deserved more than their husband's whim.
When it's done, it's done. And no one will know until it's done.
Only fools wait when their enemies are coming, to see if they may prove to be friends.
In Spain," indeed! He would have got no closer than the Indies if I had not showed him how to do it. Stupid puppy.
You have to choose the best, every day, without compromise.
..guided by your own virtue and highest ambition
One’s lover is one’s partner in observing and understanding the world.
Marriage is a place where joint narratives are composed. If the lover is a liar then all your joint observations are unreliable. You will have to start all over again.
But young hearts mend easily, and hearts that own half of England have something better to do than to beat faster for love.
For he loved her and he understood that a woman cannot always live as a man.
He understood that she cannot always think as he thought, walk as he walked, breathe the air that he took in. She would always be a different being from him, listening to a different music, hearing a different sound, familiar with a different element.
When they launch snakes you'll have your namesake.
I am too dark in my heart tonight.
When they see us dance. When they see how you look at me. When they see how I smile at you.
Plainly, she is quite besotted by him,.
.. a girl, a young girl, and she is falling in love for the first time in her life. ...little Kitty Howard at a loss, stumbling in her speech, blushing like a rose, thinking of someone else and not herself is to see a girl become a woman.
I would know you anywhere for my true love.
Whoever I was and whoever you were, I would know you at once for my true love.