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Evocative Quotes

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Laini Taylor
“The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century—or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red. Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Motzart wigs and pushed chamber music on street corners, and marionettes hung in windows, making the whole city seem like a theater with unseen puppeteers crouched behind velvet.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Robert E. Howard
“It was no ape, neither was it a man. It was some shambling horror spawned in the mysterious, nameless jungles of the south, where strange life teemed in the reeking rot without the dominance of man, and drums thundered in temples that had never known the tread of a human foot.”
Robert E. Howard

Ed Park
“A few insect skeletons lay scattered on the narrow sill, shiny and precise and sad as broken jewelry.”
Ed Park, Personal Days

Neil Gaiman
“The cafe door opened. A young man in dusty white leathers entered, and the wind blew in empty crisp packets and newspapers and ice cream wrappers in with him. They danced around his feet like excited children, then fell exhausted to the floor.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Kate  Rose
“ 
'This is, you understand Mr Goode, exceptional for an unknown author and on account of the South Sea Bubble bursting, well, I am no longer given to advancing large copyrights but since you are blessed by good timing - great fortune bestowing you with a cold spell that has made London so terribly sick - I make an exception.' ”
Kate Rose, The Angel and the Apothecary

Kate  Rose
“Jeremiah has come to see life as a serious of motions he must enact towards its conclusion.”
Kate Rose, The Angel and the Apothecary

Katie Hall-May
“This was no fantasy. This
was death. We could call it, we could cast lots about it,
plan for it, gamble with it, welcome it in. But we did not
have the power to send it away.”
Katie Hall-May, Puck's Legacy

Neal Stephenson
“Wartime lipstick is necessarily cobbled together from whatever tailings and gristle were left over once all the good stuff was use to grease propeller shafts. A florid and cloying scent is needed to conceal its unspeakable mineral and animal origins.

It is the smell of War.”
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

Katie Hall-May
“There is a strange, slow moment. The final page in my inconclusive and fraying thesaurus. And I am floating upwards, I am driftwood between them. The bright, bright blue that is the sky. And the glitter in the tarmac, like a promise of stars.”
Katie Hall-May, Memories of a Lost Thesaurus

Katie Hall-May
“It’s all just coloured water. Of course it is. Don’t you
want to taste something real?”
Katie Hall-May, Puck's Legacy

Kate  Rose
“And as his body thaws into hers, he is no longer sure where her pleasure ends and his begins, for bodies and minds deliquesce into something of a stupor.”
Kate Rose, The Angel and the Apothecary

Kate  Rose
“And she kisses him with a hunger, using her tongue, and he closes his eyes and sees only the brilliance of pure blinding light. ”
Kate Rose, The Angel and the Apothecary

Kate  Rose
“His theory stands, however, that a cure operates primarily through the dispensing healer’s understanding of the individual, as well as the nature of plants… And in the interstices where neither cure not hope can reach, there is laudanum. ”
Kate Rose, The Angel and the Apothecary

Katie Hall-May
“Extremism, by its very nature, must
always go to its extreme.”
Katie Hall-May, Puck's Legacy

Haruki Murakami
“A sheet of white extends to the lone dark vertical of the elm tree in the centre ... It is too perfect, to inviolate ... The snow is graced with waves written by the wind, the elm raises crooked arms in sleeves of white.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

“Sinking into the tidal flats of night, I am moved by the oceans above; and by the infinites below; by the compass of your breath that calls to me between.”
Ian William L.

“Rain slipped across my hungry spaces and from below a forest grew to fill my thoughts.”
Ian William L.

“It is the moonbeams of breath cast between us that conduct me towards cloudless hours.”
Ian William L.

Sattareh Farman Farmaian
“Oriental vases and French tapestries and paintings filled their huge mansion, as did the magnificent carpets for which their compound was famous. A vast feast of minted chicken, lamb kabobs, and sweet saffron rice that is served at weddings had been laid out on cloths on the floor of the dining room...”
Sattareh Farman Farmaian

“You don't feel how far you have come until you look out into the pooling rain and stars to find peace and not a place to run from; your silence falling gentle, and your tenderness grown vast.”
Ian William L.

“Prune your spent flowers. Restrike your roots to the soil. Follow the earth of tender things.”
Ian William L.

“I collect things. Not words, but the landscape of them. The nightswimming, cold water pursuit of thought. The earth that some may like us mercurial as we remain.”
Ian William L.

“My heart is the careful shape of a hakea seed—split by flames and floodplains and wildflowers—that bends tall to catch the colours dreamed above, but drops to a salving shade for all attending bright below.”
Ian William L.

“My heart is here reclaimed from clay and sculpted to hold the stars.”
Ian William L.

“Draw the harshness of your flowers through fault lines in hurtful spaces and their tenderness in wonder towards the sky. Become the tallness of beauty you have longed to feel within.”
Ian William L.

“Where you walk within my life the earth is bruised to speak; flowers spring from buried orchards of breath, the heralds of your loving season.”
Ian William L.

“Pain told in our small time becomes a windswept seed to providently tend, and less a thistle snared deep between each breath.”
Ian William L.

“Within my mind words become waste but the silence self-conscious; an impossible oubliette always held slightly apart. This snares my voice to great storms, things that don't apologise, the world that doesn't wait to strike.”
Ian William L.

Robert James Waller
“E por fim descobria o significado de todas as pequenas pegadas em todas as praias desertas por onde alguma vez caminhara, e de todas as cargas secretas levadas por navios que jamais haviam navegado, de todos os rostos velados que o viram passar por ruas sinuosas de crepusculares cidades. E, como um grande caçador de outros tempos que tivesse viajado em terras distantes e agora visse o brilho das fogueiras da sua pátria, a sua solidão desvaneceu-se. Finalmente. (...) Vinha de tão longe...”
Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

Susie Steiner
“It'll be a cold walk home past the shuttered-up shops on the high street, the sad, beery air meaning from Cromwell's, and out toward the river, its refreshing green scent and its movement a slithering in the darkness, to her flat, where she has left all the lights burning.”
Susie Steiner, Missing, Presumed

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