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The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #12) The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
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“I have seen sights and travelled in countries you cannot imagine. I have been afraid and I have been in danger, and I have never for one moment thought that I would throw myself at at a man for his help.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Because all books are forbidden when a country turns to terror. The scaffolds on the corners, the list of things you may not read. These things always go together.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“To stop us reading forbidden books they will have to burn every manuscript. But to stop us thinking forbidden thoughts they will have to cut off our heads.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“I could not do it. I would not do it. I sat back on my heels with the book in my hand with the light of the fire flickering and dying down and realized that not even in mortal danger could I bring myself to burn a book.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Daniel, I did not knowwhat I wanted when I was agirl. And then I was a fool in every sense of the word. And now that I am a woman grown, I know that I love you and I want this son of yours, and our children who will come. I have seen a woman break her heart for love: my Queen Mary. I have seen another break her soul to avoid it: my Princess Elizabeth. I don't want to be Mary or Elizabeth, I want to be me: Hannah Verde Carpenter."

"And we shall live somewhere that we can follow our belifs without danger," he insisted.

"Yes," I said, "in the England that Elizabeth will make.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Ideas are more dangerous than an unsheathed sword in this world, half of them are forbidden, the other half would lead a man to question the very place of the earth itself, safe at the center of the universe.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“It is not love that matters, Mistress Boy, it is what you choose to do with it. What’d you choose to do with yours?”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“My advice to you, as you go to your husband, is never to trust him and never love him more than he loves you.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“I had never seen a woman in such despair before. It was worse than death, it was a constant longing for death and a constant rejection of life. She lived like darkness in her own day.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Look, you can't fight everyone... You have to choose where you belong and rest there.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“I felt his hardness and I suddenly understood-an older girl would have understood long before-that this was the currency of desire. He was my betrothed. he desired me. I desired him. All I had to do was tell him the truth.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
tags: desire
“lechery?" he asked with a wink, guessing from the hour that I had been with some palace kitchen-maid.
"Oh aye, most vile," I said cheerfully, and jumped into the boat.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Uzela sam knjige, misleći da ću iz njih trgati po nekoliko stranica, spaljivati ih dio po dio. Prva knjiga, napisana na latinskom, rastvorila mi se u ruci. Zgrabila sam debeli snop mekih stranica. Prepustile su se mojim prstima kao da nemaju snage, kao da nisu najopasnija stvar na svijetu. okušala sam ih istrgnuti iz mekoh hrpta, ali onda sam zastala. Nisam to mogla učiniti. Nisam to željela učiniti. Čučnula sam s knjigom u ruci pokraj treperavog svjetla vatre koja je zamirala i shvatila da se čak ni u smrtnoj opasnosti ne mogu natjerati da spalim knjige.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Ah, Hannah, you have never longed to live as I long to live if you do not know that another day is the most precious thing.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“One should never offend more men than one can persuade,”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“I prayed in silence that perhaps even now, the queen might have a son and might know joy like this, such a strange, unexpected joy- the happiness of caring for a child whose whole life was in my hands.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“might be that marriage was not the death of a woman and the end of her true self, but the unfolding of her. It might be that a woman could be a wife without having to cut the pride and the spirit out of herself. A woman might blossom into being a wife, not be trimmed down to fit.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“If I burned them, I became as one of those who think that ideas are dangerous and should be destroyed.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“It might be that marriage was not the death of a woman and the end of her true self, but the unfolding of her. It might be that a woman could be a wife without having to cut the pride and the spirit out of herself. A woman might blossom into being a wife, not be trimmed down to fit.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“Child, you cannot change a king, you can only make him laugh.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool
“There will be a child, but no child. There will be a king but no king. There will be a virgin queen all-forgotten. There will be a queen but no virgin. ["And Lord Robert Dudley?" he whispered.] "He will have the making of a prince who will change the history of the world," I whispered in reply. And he will die, beloved by a queen, safe in his bed.”
Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Fool