quote by Jacqueline Carey

Beauty is at its most poignant when the cold hand of Death holds poised to wither it imminently.

— Jacqueline Carey

Most Powerful Kushiel's Dart quotations

To have a traitor for an ally is to have an enemy in waiting

It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.

The pain of the flesh is naught to that of the heart

It is a fine line, in all of us, between civilization and savagery.

To any who think they would never cross it, I can only say, if you have never known what it is to be utterly betrayed and abandoned, you cannot know how close it is.

If you will not die for us, you cannot ask us to die for you.

There are those who are awkward in the face of sorrow, fearing to say the wrong thing; to them, I say, there is no wrong in comfort, ever. A kind word, a consoling arm ... these things are ever welcome.

Let the warriors clamor after gods of blood and thunder;

love is hard, harder than steel and thrice as cruel.

And for a price, I will pretend absolutely nothing.

Nothing spoils idle pleasure like too much awareness

For every victory there is a price.

Some chains are forged for us - those are the hardest to bear.

Truly, it is in loss that we learn a thing's true value.

Whip us 'till we're on the floor, we'll turn around and ask for more, we're Phèdre's Boys! We like to hurt, we like to bleed, daily floggings do we need, we're Phèdre's Boys! Man or woman, we don't care, give us twins we'll take the pair! We're Phèdre's Boys! ...But just because we let you beat us, doesn't mean you can defeat us, we're Phèdre's Boys!

When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity upon me

It is my observations, though, that happiness limits the amount of suffering one is willing to inflict upon others

Surely if we knew what bitterness fate held in store, we would shrink back in fear and let the cup of life pass us by untasted.

There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire

That which yields is not always weak.