Historical Fiction Quotes

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Diana Gabaldon
“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Madeline Miller
“There is no law that gods must be fair, Achilles,” Chiron said. “And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. Do you think?”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can walk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a man my son.”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Ruta Sepetys
“Good men are often more practical than pretty " said Mother. "Andrius just happens to be both.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Diana Gabaldon
“To see the years touch ye gives me joy", he whispered, "for it means that ye live.”
Diana Gabaldon (Jamie Fraser)

Diana   Forbes
“I felt hot under my Mutton sleeves. "I just wish he'd have the decency to say whatever he came to say in front of his wife."
"Perhaps his wife is busy today."
"She shouldn't be." His wife should track him like a bloodhound.”
Diana Forbes, Mistress Suffragette

Hermann Rauschning
“Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.”
Hermann Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction

Diana   Forbes
“I wished he'd stop trying to put me off. It was becoming irksome. Or, if he were, then he really needed to stop acting so damned charming.”
Diana Forbes, Mistress Suffragette

“You are there and to their ears, being a Syrian sounds like you’re unclean, shameful, indecent; it’s like you owe the world an apology for your very existence.”
Asaad Almohammad, An Ishmael of Syria

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
Pat Miller, Willfully Ignorant

“The blind faith in some half-assed conspiracy theories lines up with the logic of having to believe in something with no questions asked. It gives us peace and comfort. As simple as I was, I found that resorting to this absolute nonsense was the root of all our problems. It was a road of willingly-learned helplessness, for no action could make a difference, thereby no action was needed.”
Asaad Almohammad, An Ishmael of Syria

Oscar Wilde
“Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”
Oscar Wilde

Libba Bray
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”
Libba Bray, The Diviners

Gwenn Wright
“How many times can a heart be shattered and still be pieced back together? How many times before the damage is irreparable?”
Gwenn Wright, The BlueStocking Girl

Ruta Sepetys
“He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot.
We were about to become cigarettes.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Leila Meacham
“I'm learning not to hope for what I can't control...”
Leila Meacham, Roses

Neal Stephenson
“Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo---which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn't a stupendous badass was dead.”
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

Alexandre Dumas
“True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.”
Alexandre Dumas

Paolo Maurensig
“Life's temptations have the purpose of putting our spiritual integrity to the test. To yield to them, however, gives one a precarious and tormented satisfaction. But the worst temptations are those we give in to without getting anything in return except for the brutal discovery of our weakness.”
Paolo Maurensig

Jennifer Donnelly
“Beautiful people don't need coats. They've got their auras to keep them warm.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Jacqueline Carey
“A little truth seasons a lie like salt.”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart

Ruta Sepetys
“What determines how we remember history and which elements are preserved and penetrate the collective consciousness? If historical novels stir your interest, pursue the facts, history, memories, and personal testimonies available. These are the shoulders that historical fiction sits upon. When the survivors are gone we must not let the truth disappear with them. Please, give them a voice.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

John Gardner
“They watch on, evil, incredibly stupid, enjoying my destruction.

'Poor Grendel's had an accident,' I whisper. 'So may you all.”
John Champlin Gardner, Grendel

Diana Gabaldon
“Roger speaking to Brianna:
It's too important. You don't forget having a dad."
You do remember your father?"
No. I remember yours.”
Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone

Lauren Willig
“Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class. They came from Margaret Mitchell, from Anya Seton, from M.M. Kaye, and a host of other authors, in their crackly plastic library bindings. Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history’s illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities.”
Lauren Willig

Ruta Sepetys
“How did I get here How did I end up in the arms of a boy I barely knew but knew I didn't want to lose I wondered what I would have thought of Andrius in Lithuania. Would I have liked him Would he have liked me”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Brian Selznick
“Fairy tales only happen in movies."
-George Melies

from The Invention of Hugo Cabret”
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Philippa Gregory
“I was born to be your rival,' she [Anne] said simply. 'And you mine. We're sisters, aren't we?”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Lee Matthew Goldberg
“There should be multiple yous," Grayson says, outlined by the moonlight, a blue phantasm. "So you can help solve all of our problems. So you can help solve the world's problems.”
Lee Matthew Goldberg, The Ancestor

Lee Matthew Goldberg
“His eyes swelling with tears, the alien salt stinging. Not tears of sadness, this he decides. He won't let them be anything more than a body's way of letting go.”
Lee Matthew Goldberg, The Ancestor

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