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“Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.”
Victoria Holt
“I wanted to learn more of love- that is built not on the shifting sands of violent passion but on the steady rock of deep and abiding affection.”
Victoria Holt, The Shadow of the Lynx
“Ha! Rollo!”
Victoria Holt, The Demon Lover
“We are born, we suffer, we love, we die, but the waves continue to beat upon the rocks; the seed time and the harvest come and go, but the earth remains.”
Victoria Holt, Mistress of Mellyn
“They say that one chooses one’s friends, but one’s relations are thrust upon one.”
Victoria Holt, India Fan
“Never underestimate yourself, Miss Jessie. People are going to think you’re not up to much if you think that way yourself.”
Victoria Holt, The Pride of the Peacock
“When one grows older one learns that happiness—complete and unadulterated happiness—comes only in moments, and must be recognized and savored to the full, for even in the happiest life, the complete joy is not always present.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“You persuade yourself that all is well even though you are feeling bored or unfulfilled and you are not sure if your husband or wife is your Soul mate. You have tried your best and you have created a pretty good life for yourself despite your circumstances. ‘At least you are safe’ your damaged self whispers. ‘At least no one suspects how wounded you are. In fact, I do not even think you are damaged anymore. Look at your nice home, your spouse, your career status, your wealth and all of your nice possessions. You are a success, you fool.”
Victoria Holt, Heaven is Here - The Ultimate Guide to Living Your Best Life in this World and the Next
“So, Kerensa, you should never regret any experience, good or evil; for there's some good in what's bad just as there be bad in good...”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“How strange is life. Suddenly when one has almost made up one’s mind to a certain action it casually throws an opportunity into one’s path.”
Victoria Holt, The Secret Woman
“there was more to life than being comfortable and living one day after another, quietly, unadventurously, almost like waiting for death.”
Victoria Holt, India Fan
“It seemed I had briefly stepped into a world where people did wild things and paid for them; but it had made me see that there was more to life than being comfortable and living one day after another, quietly, unadventurously, almost like waiting for death.”
Victoria Holt, The India Fan
“But somehow at the back of my mind was the feeling that if I did “the sensible thing” I would regret it, for I would be choosing a way of life that would be so predictable, it would rob me of all the excitement that made up the savor of living. If”
Victoria Holt, India Fan
“You always look as though you think people aren't going to like you--that's your trouble.”
Victoria Holt, Menfreya in the Morning
“I was excited because getting to know oneself was exciting. I was beginning to believe that I had the power to influence my own personality.”
Victoria Holt, Menfreya in the Morning
“The more I disliked myself the more wretched I grew. The difference now was that this mood did not manifest itself in sullen silence; I merely made use of my barbed tongue to wound them and spoil their pleasure.”
Victoria Holt, Menfreya in the Morning
“It has always astonished me how changes come into one's life. The gradual change becomes acceptable, but sudden shock, presenting itself without warning to shatter the existence so completely that nothing will ever be the same again, makes me uneasily aware of the perpetual uncertainties of life.”
Victoria Holt, Menfreya in the Morning
“I did not wish her to go on in this strain because her poverty was something which obsessed her and like all obsessions was boring to other people.”
Victoria Holt, The Secret Woman
“least”
Victoria Holt, The Secret Woman
“Dust was dangerous, I insisted. Insects bred in it.”
Victoria Holt, The Secret Woman
“I was sure I could bring him back to health. He died…a”
Victoria Holt, India Fan
“People don’t always see what their eyes tell them is there. They see what they have made up their minds to see, and I’m afraid they might make up their minds that something done by a woman could not possibly be as good as that done by a man.”
Victoria Holt, The Demon Lover
“I asked her to teach me, too, but she said it was something you taught yourself by keeping your eyes and ears open, and learning about people — for human nature was the same all the world over; there was so much bad in the good and so much good in the bad, that it was all a matter of weighing up how much good or bad had been allotted to each one.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“Do you know, when I stepped through that gate I felt as though I had walked into a new world...something quite different from anything I had known before. I felt that something tremendously dramatic was happening and because it was all so quiet and in a way ordinary that made it rather sinister.”
Victoria Holt, The Shadow of the Lynx
“I like a work of art for what it means to me.”
Victoria Holt, The Demon Lover
“He could see I meant what I said, and was temporarily defeated. He walked past me and into the corridor; his eyes were angry and malevolent. I was horrified because I realized that he really believed I would have become his mistress that night.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“In spite of my efforts I could not free myself. He caught me to me and I felt his teeth against mine. I kept mine firmly clenched and I hated him. I hated him so fiercely that I found a certain pleasure in my hatred. In that moment he had aroused an emotion in me that I had never felt before. It was not without desire. Perhaps, I thought later when I was alone and trying to analyze my feelings, the desire I felt was for a house, for a different station of life then that into which I had been born, for a fulfillment of a dream. My desire for these things was so fierce that perhaps another kind of desire could be aroused by anyone who could give me them; and his words about marriage had put an idea into my mind.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“Did it really happen as the legend said? Did they in truth dance here? Were they struck down in their defiance and turned to stone, to stand on this spot as the centuries passed? How fortunate they were! Sudden death was preferable to a lingering one. I thought of the seventh – the one who had been dragged to the hollow wall, the one who was shut in to die; and I was filled with a momentary melancholy.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“Sometimes I sit at my window looking out on the towers of the Abbas and weep silently. No one must know how I suffered. No one must know how I failed. Sometimes I go and stand in the ring of stones and it seems to me that my fate is more wretched then theirs. They were turned to stone while they were dancing defiance. I wish I could have been.”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
“Why should this happen to me when I planned and worked… and came so far?”
Victoria Holt, The Legend of the Seventh Virgin

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