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The Ice Queen The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
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“People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves?”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies. ”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn't that the point? Happily ever after doesn't mean happy forever. The ever after, what precisely was that? Your dreams, your life, your death, your everything. Was it the blank space that went on without us? The forever after we were gone? ”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Crying wasn't like riding a bike. Give it up, and you quickly forget how it's done.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Instead of going home, I drove to the library. To hell with human beings. I’d always felt safer with stories than with flesh and blood.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Are people drawn to each other because of the stories they carry inside?”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“What's the difference between love and obsession? Didn't both make you stay up all night, wandering the streets, a victim of your own imagination, your own heartbeat? Didn't you fall into both, headfirst into quicksand? Wasn't every man in love a fool and every woman a slave?

Love was like rain: it turned to ice, or it disappeared. Now you saw it, now you couldn't find it no matter how hard you might search. Love evaporated; obsession was realer; it hurt, like a pin in your bottom, a stone in your shoe. It didn't go away in the blink of an eye. A morning phone call filled with regret. A letter that said, 'Dear you, good-bye from me'. Obsession tasted like something familiar. Something you'd known your whole life. It settled and lurked; it stayed with you.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“If I hadn't learned my lesson, I would have wished we could stay there forever. But I knew better now. We'd seen what we'd come to see. The way to trick death. Breathe in. Breathe out. Watch as it all rises upwards, black and blue into the even bluer sky.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Are people drawn to each other because of the stories they carry inside? At the library I couldn’t help but notice which patrons checked out the same books. They appeared to have nothing in common, but who could tell what a person was truly made of? The unknown, the riddle, the deepest truth. I noticed them all: the ones who’d lost their way, the ones who’d lived their lives in ashes, the ones who had to prove themselves, the ones who, like me, had lost the ability to feel.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“I heard a sigh, as though the books were breathing. I felt that this was where I belonged. This was where I lived.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“It was as though I had one map inside my head and it led to the man who was waiting for me. Someone who was alone — maybe even more alone — than I was…”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“At the heart of his paper was the notion that fairy tales relieved us of our need for order and allowed us impossible, irrational desires. Magic was real, that was his thesis. This thesis was at the very center of chaos theory — if the tiniest of actions reverberated throughout the universe in invisible and unexpected ways, changing the weather and the climate, then anything was possible. The girl who sleeps for a hundred years does so because of a single choice to thread a needle. The golden ball that falls down the well rattles the world, changing everything. The bird that drops a feather, the butterfly that moves its wings, all of it drifts across the universe, through the woods, to the other side of the mountain. The dust you breathe in was once breathed out. The person you are, the weather around you, all of it a spell you can’t understand or explain.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“How could I have been so stupid to ignore everything I’d had in my life? The color red alone was worth kingdoms.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Our house was littered with books- in the kitchen, under the beds, stuck between the couch pillows--far too many for her the ever finish. I suppose I thought if my grandmother kept up her interests, she wouldn't die; she'd have to stay around to finish the books she was so fond of. "I've got to get to the bottom of this one," she'd say, as if a book were no different from a pond or a lake. I thought she'd go on reading forever but it didn't work out that way.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“What people read revealed so much about them that she considered our card catalog a treasure house of privileged secrets; each card contained the map of an individual’s soul.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“At night I told myself a story, wordless, inside my head, one I liked far better than those in my books. The girl in my story was treated cruelly, by fate, by her family, even by the weather. Her feet bled from the stony paths; her hair was plucked from her head by blackbirds. She went from house to house, looking for refuge. Not a single neighbor answered his door, and so one day the girl gave up speaking. She lived on the side of a mountain where every day was snowy. She stood outside without a roof, without shelter; before long she was made of ice—her flesh, her bones, her blood. She looked like a diamond; it was possible to spy her from miles away. She was so beautiful now that everyone wanted her: people came to talk to her, but she wouldn’t answer. Birds lit on her shoulder; she didn’t bother to chase them away. She didn’t have to. If they took a single peck, their beaks would break in two. Nothing could hurt her anymore. After a while, she became invisible, queen of the ice. Silence was her language, and her heart had turned a perfect pale silver color. It was so hard nothing could shatter it. Not even stones.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“You want to know what love is? Its the thing that ruins you.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“This was what it was. The ruin of it. The depth of it. Have it once and you can have it again. That’s the riddle. That’s the truth.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“How could I tell the doctor what was wrong with me? I didn't understand it myself. I couldn't articulate the pain; it was the pain of nothingness. My fear was of the weather, the atmosphere, the very air. What good did safety tips do me now? 'Avoid water, metal objects, rooftops; stay off the telephone in a storm, don't think glass can protect you; even if a storm was 8 miles away, you're still not safe from a strike. Avoid life perhaps that was the answer. The number one safety tip, stay away from it all.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
tags: fear
“I knew the power of a single wish, after all. Invisible and inevitable, like a butterfly that beats its wings in one corner of the globe and with that single action changes the weather halfway across the world.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“Feel lucky for what you have when you have it. Isn’t that the point? Happily ever after doesn’t mean happy forever.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“the logic of fairy tales was that there was no logic: bad things happened to the innocent, children were set out in the woods by their parents, fear walked hand in hand with experience, a wish spoken aloud could make it so. I”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“People expected certain things of me: assistance, silence, comfort. They had no idea who I was.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“What if your brother is dying and you can't stop it. What do you do?"
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"You help him find something that makes him feel that he still wants to be alive. Only thing to do.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“I thought he knew me better than most...Then one nigh Jack brought me flowers, a handful of fading daisies he'd picked up at a farm stand, but flowers all the same. That was the end; that was how he ruined everything.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen
“You want to know what love is?
It's the thing that ruins you.”
Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen