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The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
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“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“The prince is never going to come. Everyone knows that; and maybe sleeping beauty's dead.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I never lie," I said offhand. "At least not to those I don't love.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I'm Gentleman Death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles. The canker in the heart of the rose.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Strong women are absolutely unpredictable.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Oh Lestat, you deserved everything that's ever happened to you. You better not die. You might actually go to hell.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“To be godless is probably the first step to innocence," he said, "to lose the sense of sin and subordination, the false grief for things supposed to be lost."
So by innocence you mean not an absence of experience, but an absence of illusions."
An absence of need for illusions," he said. "A love of and respect for what is right before your eyes.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“A singer can shatter glass with the proper high note," he said, "but the simplest way to break glass is simply to drop it on the floor.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“As for oblivion, well, we can wait a little while for that.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Oh, my darling, wish you were here!
And my dark soul is happy again, because it does not know how to be anything else for very long, and
because the pain is a deep dark sea in which I would drown if I did not sail my little craft steadily over the
surface, steadily towards a sun which will never rise.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“We breathe the light, we breathe the music, we breathe the moment as it passes through us.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Words. Borne on the ever swelling current of hatred, like flowers opening in the current, petals peeling back, then falling apart.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art--the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard's canvases--beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I am an unwilling devil. I cry like some vagrant child. I want to go home.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Hell's Bells ringing, my secret music...”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Do devils love each other? Do they walk arm in arm in hell saying, “Ah, you are my friend, how I love you,” things like that to each other?...it was a matter of a concept of evil, wasn't it? All creatures in hell are supposed to hate one another, as all the saved hate the damned, without reservation.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
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“You sense my loneliness, (...) my bitterness at being shut out of life. My bitterness that I'm evil, that I don't deserve to be loved and yet I need love hungrily. My horror that I can never reveal myself to mortals. But these things don't stop me, Mother. I'm too strong for them to stop me. As you said yourself once, I am very good at being what I am. These things merely now and then make me suffer, that's all”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“One will hate you for taking his life, another will run to excesses that you scorn. A third will emerge mad and raving, another a monster you cannot control. One will be jealous of your superiority, another shut you out... And the veil will always come down between you Make a legion, you will be, always and forever alone!”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“No one is safe from nature's savagery,not even the innocent. Only beauty is consistent.
Gabrielle envisions a time when the Savage Garden will overtake civilizations and destroy it.

Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Yet I saw crypts when I looked at him, and I heard the beat of kettledrums. I saw torchlit fields where I had never been, heard vague incantations, felt the heat of raging fires on my face. And they didn't come out of him, these visions. Rather I drew them out on my own.
Yet I never had Nicolas, mortal or immortal, been so alluring. Never had Gabrielle held me so in thrall.
Dear God, this is love. This is desire. And all my past amours have been but the shadow of this."
— Lestat de Lioncourt”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I don't believe in anything, Mother," I said. "You told Armand long ago that you believe you'll find answers in the great jungles and forests; that the stars will finally reveal a vast truth. But I don't believe in anything. And that makes me stronger than you think”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“It's not so," I said. "And how long do you think it will sustain you, feeling and seeing and touching and tasting, if there is no love? No one with you?”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“All the stories I have told you are finally as useless as all ancient knowledge is to man and to us. Its images and its poetry can be beautiful; it can make us shiver with the
recognition of things we have always suspected or felt. It can draw us back to times when the earth was new to man, and wondrous. But always we come back to the way the earth is now.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I stumble through a carnival of horrors”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“As the Roman Empire came to its close, all the old gods of the pagan world were seen as demons by the Christians who rose. It was useless to tell them as the centuries passed that their Christ was but another God of the Wood, dying and rising, as Dionysus or Osiris had done before him, and that the Virgin Mary was in fact the Good Mother again enshrined. Theirs was a new age of belief and conviction, and in it we became devils, detached from what they believed, as old knowledge was forgotten or misunderstood.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“an intoxication with forbidden knowledge in which the natural things become unimportant.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I didn't want to be in hell, even for a moment. I sure as hell wasn't going there just to spit in the face of the Prince of Darkness, whoever he might be!

On the contrary, if I was a damned thing, then let the son of a bitch come for me! Let him tell me why I was mean to suffer. I would truly like to know.

As for oblivion, well, we can wait a little while for that.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I was the vampire Lestat again. I was back in action. New Orleans was once again my hunting ground.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“From my stone pillow I have dreamed dreams of the mortal world above. I have heard its voices, its new music, as lullabies as I lie in my grave. I have envisioned its fantastical discoveries. I have known its courage in the timeless sanctum of my thoughts. And though it shuts me out with its dazzling forms, I long for one with the strength to roam it fearlessly, to ride the Devil's Road through its heart.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

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