Favorite Quotes from The Queen of the Damned


“I wanted to be a symbol of evil in a shining century that didn’t have any place for the literal evil that I am.” – Lestat

“We do not really change over time; we are as flowers unfolding, we merely become more nearly ourselves.” – Khayman

“We are only human for however long we endure, that was the miracle and the curse of it.” – Marius de Romanus

“I tell you, we would be hard put to determine what is more evil — religion or the pure idea. The intervention of the supernatural or the elegant abstract solution! Both have bathed this earth in suffering; both have brought the human race literally and figuratively to its knees.” – Maharet

“The earth here is beautiful. And it still belongs to the dead.” – Khayman

“We shall live even in this state of living death, we shall love, we shall feel, we shall defy all who would judge and destroy us.” – Akasha

“You wanted to be a saint when you knelt in that chapel. Now you shall be a God with me.” – Akasha

“Finally those you love are simply… those you love.” – Lestat

“It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater luster to our colors, a richer resonance to our words. That is, if it doesn’t destroy us, if it doesn’t burn away the optimism and the spirit, the capacity for visions, and the respect for simple, yet indispensable things.” – Lestat

“I can’t follow you. We are not angels, Akasha. We are not Gods. To be human, that’s what most of us long for. It is the human which has become myth to us.” – Lestat

“Let the spirits witness: for theirs is the knowledge of the future – both what it would be and what I will: you are the Queen of the Damned, that’s what you are! Evil is your only destiny. But at your greatest hour, it is I who will defeat you. Look well on my face. It is I who will bring you down.” – Mekare

“Excess can be the very opposite of essence.” – Khayman

“She who hears a multitude of voices may not hear any one voice. And she who would listen closely to one, must shut out the others.” – Khayman

“In the flesh, in the flesh all wisdom begins. Beware the thing that has no flesh. Beware the Gods, beware the idea, beware the devil.” – Maharet

“In all the world, no two souls contain the same secret, the same gift of devotion or abandon; that in a common child, a wounded child, he had found a blending of sadness and simple grace that would forever break his heart.” – Marius

“I have always been my own teacher. And I must confess, I’ve always been my favorite pupil.” – Lestat

“Prophecies have a way of fulfilling themselves.” – Khayman

“History is a litany of injustice, no one denies it. But when has a simple solution ever been anything but evil? Only in complexity do we find answers. Through complexity men struggle towards fairness; it’s slow and clumsy, but it’s the only way. Simplicity demands too great a sacrifice. It always has.” – Khayman



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