Adelina Amouteru Quotes

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Marie Lu
“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Marie Lu
“I’m going to follow her, of course,” Magiano says. “As the night sky turns. When she appears on the other side of the world, I will be there, and when she returns here, so will I.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“The only way to clamp down on my energy is to erase my emotions, and so I fold them each away, one by one. My sorrow turns to anger, then to ice-cold fury. My soul curls in one itself in defense. I am gone. I am truly gone.

I am not sorry.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Marie Lu
“After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“What is the point of searching for love, when love is nothing but an illusion?”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“You are so full of light,” I say after a moment. “You align with joy, and I with fear and fury. If you could see into my thoughts, you would surely turn away. So why would you stay with me, even if return to Kenettra and resume our lives?”

“You paint me as a saint,” he murmurs. “But I aligned with greed solely to prevent that.”

Even now, he can make my lips twitch with a smile. “I’m serious, Magiano.”

“As am I. None of us are saints. I have seen your darkness, yes, and know your struggle. I won’t deny it.” He touches my chin with one hand. At this gesture, the whispers seem to settle, pushed away where I can’t hear them. “But you are also passionate and ambitious and loyal. You are a thousand things, mi Adelinetta, not just one. Do not reduce yourself to that.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Fear motivates, more than love or ambition or joy. Fear is more powerful than anything else in the world. I have spent so long yearning for things—for love, for acceptance—that I do not really need. I need nothing except the submission that comes with fear. I do not know why it took me so long to learn this.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“You are a light,” she replies gently. “And when you shine, you shine bright.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
Why feel guilty for something that isn't your fault?
Because I loved him. And now he is gone.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“Why do you look?” I mutter.

I half expect Magiano to tease me, spitting back one of his sarcastic phrases. But he doesn’t smile. “We are drawn to stories," he says in a soft voice, “and every scar carries one.” He lifts a hand and places his palm gently against the ruined side of my face, covering the scar.

I look down, embarrassed now. Instinctively, I reach up to brush some of my hair over my face—only to remember that I no longer have long locks.

“Hiding it makes you more beautiful,” Magiano says. Then he takes his hand away, exposing my scar again. “But revealing it makes you you.” He nods at me. “So wear it proudly.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“I saw her, once.

“She passed through our village, through fields littered with dead soldiers after her forces overwhelmed the nation of Dumor. Her other Elites followed and then rows of white-robed Inquisitors, wielding the white-and-silver banners of the White Wolf. Where they went, the sky dimmed and the ground cracked—the clouds gathered behind the army as if a creature alive, black and churning in fury. As if the goddess of Death herself had come.

“She paused to look down at one of our dying soldiers. He trembled on the ground, but his eyes stayed on her. He spat something at her. She only stared back at him. I don’t know what he saw in her expression, but his muscles tightened, his legs pushing against the dirt as he tried in vain to get away from her. Then the man started to scream. It is a sound I shall never forget as long as I live. She nodded to her Rainmaker, and he descended from his horse to plunge a sword through the dying soldier. Her face did not change at all. She simply rode on.

“I never saw her again. But even now, as an old man, I remember her as clearly as if she were standing before me. She was ice personified. There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.”

—A witness’s account of Queen Adelina’s siege on the nation of Dumor

The Village of Pon-de-Terre

28 Marzien, 1402

Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“She walks to the boy, tilts her head up at him, and smiles. He bends down to kiss her. Then he helps her onto the horse, and she rides away with him to a faraway place, until they can no longer be seen.
These are only rumors, of course, and make little more than a story to tell around the fire. But it is told. And thus they live on.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
None of it was your fault, the whispers in my head argue. You didn't kill him, after all -- it was not your blade that ended his life. So why are you the one cast out? You didn't have to return to the Daggers -- you didn't need to help them rescue Raffaele. And still they turned on you. Why does everyone forget your good intentions, Adelina?
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“For a fleeting moment, I imagine that if I were queen, I could make the act of hurting malfettos a crime. I could execute this boy's pursuers with a single command.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“When Compasia took pity on me, she reached down into the Underworld, touched the shoulder of Moritas, and asked her forgiveness. Then Compasia took my sister in her arms and placed her in the sky, where she, too, turned to stardust.
Magiano looks at me, his eyes wide. It seems as if he already, somehow, understands.
“My goddess made me a promise,” I whisper.
Only now do I realize that I have never seen him cry before.
In the stories, Compasia and her human lover would descend each night from the stars to walk the mortal world, before vanishing with the dawn. So, together, we stare at the sky, waiting.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Teren smiles at me. He takes a step closer. "Ah, mi Adelinetta," he says. His eyes soften in a way that surprises me. "I have missed you. You, more than any other abomination, understand what we truly are." He shakes his head. "Had I known you when I was a young boy..." He lets that sentence die, leaving me curious.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Marie Lu
“Adelina, stop.”
It is Magiano. Magiano. Stop. The name is a small light, but it is there, and I cling to it in the maelstrom around me. I falter as he reaches me and pulls me into a rough embrace.
“He didn’t kill her,” Magiano is whispering. “Stop. Stop.” His hand cradles the back of my head.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Stop. Stop. STOP. I will destroy everything in order to make it stop. I will destroy all of you. I grit my teeth as my fury swirls around me, seething and relentless, yearning to burst free. Through the whirlwind, I hear my father’s harsh whisper. “I know who you really are. Who will ever want you, Adelina?"
My fury heightens. Everyone. They will cower at my feet, and I will make them bleed.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Marie Lu
“Something blackens your heart, something deep and bitter. It has festered inside you for years, nurtured and encouraged. I’ve never felt anything like it.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Marie Lu
“I have killed and hurt. I have conquered and pillaged. I have done all of this in the name of my own desires, have done everything in life because of my own selfishness. I have always taken what I wanted, and it has never given me happiness. If I return to the surface, alone, I will forever remember this moment, the moment I decided to choose my own life over my sister's. It will haunt me, even with Magiano at my side, until my death. What I saw for myself in my future is a future I cannot have, not with the past that I have already created. It is an illusion. Nothing more.

Perhaps, after all the lives I have taken, my atonement is to restore life to one.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Please, I whisper, and my voice comes out as quiet as a ghost's. Tell Magiano I love him. Tell him I'm sorry. That I'm grateful.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“No, that is not my life without power. My life without power will be one of walking through a crowd without darkness tugging at my heart. It will be seeing Violetta in the living world, smiling again. It will be riding on the back of a horse with Magiano as we crest another mountain, searching for adventure. It will be a life without these whispers in my head. It will be life without my father's ghost.

It will be a life.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“And then, as if he understands me better than anyone in the world, he whispers, "It will make this night a little less dark.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Without her, I am less afraid of dying. Without her, the world is that much darker.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“She is my sister, always, even in death, even beyond.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“His voice seems to linger in the air, though, words I haven't heard from him in years... and somewhere, deep in my chest, stirs the presence of a girl buried long ago.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“Raffaele says you are lost forever. That you are beyond help. I think he's wrong, but sheds tears for you and shakes his head. I'm trying to convince him." Her whispers turn urgent. "I think I'll try again tomorrow."

I reach up and angrily wipe my tears away. "I don't understand you," I whisper back. "Why do you have to keep trying?"

Violetta's lips tremble with effort. "You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others." Her gray eyes slide downward, away from my face, until her gaze rests on the lantern burning low near the tent flap. "It is hard. I know you are trying.”
Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Marie Lu
“What is so great about being good?”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

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