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Quotes from other Anne Rice’s Books

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 20, 2009 by vampwilock

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“I don’t like myself you know. I love myself. I’m devoted to myself till my dying day. But I don’t like myself.” – Lestat in Memnoch the Devil

From the Book The Vampire Armand

“Because I show you my pain, I do not of necessity love you.” – Armand

“If I’m an angel paint me with black wings.” – Armand

“I fear him. I don’t know why. Perhaps I fear him because I could love him again, and loving him, I would come to need him, and need­ing him, I would come to learn from him, and learning from him, I would be again his faithful pupil in all things, only to discover that his patience for me is no substitute for the passion which long ago blazed in his eyes.” – Armand

“I’m trimmed in memories as if in old furs. I lift my arm and the sleeve of memory covers it. I look around and see other times. But you know what frightens me the most — it is that this state, like so many others with me, will prove the verge of nothing but extend itself over centuries.” – Armand

“Sweet to think on it, that when we are last weary of all this world there is the rising sun.” – Armand

“In the very depths of Hell, do not demons love one another?” – Alessandra

“Cathedrals rise from dust, to show man wonder. And in the stones men carve the Danse Macabre to show that life is brief. We carry scythes in the army of the robed skeleton who is carved on a thousand doorways, a thousand walls. We are the followers of Death, whose cruel visage is drawn in a million tiny prayer books which the rich and poor alike hold in their hands.” – Santino

“I know nothing, because I know too much, and understand not nearly enough.” – Marius

“Pretend, and grow strong with each pretense. Rather, draw close and be loving and love, without the luxury of complete honesty. For love can bridge all.” – Marius

“The guardians of the dead are powerfully indifferent. They speak of love, but not of centuries of blundering ignorance. What stars are these that sing so beautifully when all the world is languishing in dissonance?” – Marius

From the book Blood and Gold

“Do not make a religion of reason and logic. Because in the passage of time your mind may fail you, and when it does, you may find yourself taking refuge in madness.” – Pandora

“I live lies because I cannot endure the weakness of anger, and I cannot admit the irrationality of love.”  – Marius

“Let the truth be damned.” – Marius

From the book Blood Canticle

“I want to be a saint. I want to save souls by the millions. I want to do good far and wide. I want to fight evil. I want my life sized statue in every church. I’m talking six feet tall, blonde hair, blue eyes. Wait a second. Do you know who I am?…. I’m the vampire Lestat.”

“Innocence is not our stock-in-trade, my friend. We don’t cultivate it in one another. Honor, I think we can have, more than you may know, and principles, yes, and virtues as well. I’ve taught her that, and every now and then we can behave magnificantly. Even heroically. But innocence? It’s not to our advantage.” – Lestat

From the book The Tale of the Body Thief

“Ah, come now. I look like an angel, but I’m not. The old rules of nature encompass many creatures like me. We’re beautiful like the diamond-backed snake, or the striped tiger, yet we’re merciless killers.” – Lestat

“The meaning of chastity is not to fall in love.” – Gretchen

“But then he is so good at grieving! He wears woe as others wear velvet; sorrow flatters him like light of candles; tears become him like jewels. Well, none of that works for me.” – Lestat

From the book Pandora

“We are thrown back on our words like mortals, only our senses are infinitely keener, and the detachment we know at some times will enflame us, carry us on waves of burning sea.” – Pandora

“I want the world to be better. Better for men and women. Better. Only one thing is clear: the old blood drinkers have by now died out, and there is nothing you or I, or the Queen and the King can do to interfere in the flow of human events. I believe men and women must try harder. I try to understand evil ever more deeply with any victim I take. Any religion that makes fanatical claims and demands on the basis of a god’s will frightens me.” – Marius

“There is but one potion for us and it is blood.” – Pandora

“Grief is absolutely the easiest and safest of bonds.” – Pandora

“I adore you, but you cannot rule over me.” – Pandora

“The finest thing under the sun and the moon is the human soul.” – Pandora

From the book Vittorio, the Vampire

“But I think we all – human, vampire, all of us who are sentient and can weep – we all suffer under a curse, the curse that we know more than we can endure, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can do about the force and the lure of this knowledge.” – Vittorio

“Revenge takes one’s mind from the pain. Revenge is a lure, a mighty molten lure, even if it is hopeless.” – Vittorio

“A spark of the power that made all of us is within each of them, a spark of the invisible, of the subtle, of the sacred, of the mystery – a spark of that which created all things – a human soul.” – Angel Mastema

“Forever, and every time you feed, every time you raise one of their tender throats to your cursed fangs, every time you drink from them the lurid blood you would have, like the worst of God’s beast, you will see that light flicker and struggle, and when the heart stops at the will of your hunger, you will see that light go out.” – Angel Mastema



Favorite Quotes from The Queen of the Damned

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 20, 2009 by vampwilock


“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


Favorite Quotes from The Vampire Lestat

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 20, 2009 by vampwilock


“There was something vampiric about rock music.” – Lestat

“Chaos was the meaninglessness of day-to-day life.” – Lestat

“If goodness does exist, then I’m the opposite of it. I’m evil and I revel in it.” – Nicolas

“My heir chosen to take the Dark Gift from me with more fiber and courage than ten mortal men, what a Child of Darkness you are to be.” – Magnus

“In this Savage Garden, these innocent ones belonged in the vampire’s arms.” – Lestat

“It is a new age. It requires a new evil. And I am that new evil. I am the vampire for these times.” – Lestat

“The truth is most women are weak, be they mortal or immortal. But when they are strong, they are absolutely unpredictable.” – Marius (My Personal Favorite… I so totally agree with this quote.)

“Odd truths and ancient magic, revolution and invention, all conspire to distract us from the passion that in one way or another defeats us” – Lestat

“Only the impossible can do the impossible” – Nicolas

“I hated the fact only extreme pain in me could ever wring from her the slightest warmth or interest.” – Lestat

“To be godless is probably the first step to innocence, to lose the sense of sin and subordination, the false grief for things supposed to be lost.” – Marius

“But maybe something more wonderful will take place: the world will truly move forward, past all gods and goddesses, past all devils and angels.” – Marius

“Horror and Moral terror can never be exonerated. They have no real value. Pure evil has no real place.” – Lestat

“By day I sleep in the sand. By night I am on the wing as if I could truly fly. I need no name. I leave no footprints… I will be a goddess to those I slay.” – Gabrielle

“There was no judging day, no final explanation, no luminous moment in which all terrible wrongs would be made right, all horrors redeemed.” – Lestat


Favorite Quotes from Interview with the Vampire

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 17, 2009 by vampwilock


“I wanted love and goodness in this which is living death.” – Louis

“People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” – Louis

“I’d like to meet the devil some night. I’d chase him from here to the wilds of the Pacific. I am the devil.” – Lestat

“Killing is no ordinary act. One doesn’t simply glut oneself on blood. It is the experience of another’s life for certain, and often the experience of the loss of that life through the blood, slowly.” – Louis

“Vampires are killers, predators. Whose all-seeing eyes were meant to give them detachment. The ability to see a human life in its entirety, not with any mawkish sorrow but with a thrilling satisfaction in being the end of that life, in having a hand in the divine plan.” – Lestat

“Let the flesh instruct the mind.” – Claudia

“If you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan’s power comes from God and that Satan is simply God’s child, and that we are God’s children also. There are no children of Satan, really.” – Armand

“Black is the color for vampire’s clothes. We blend with the night. We have a funeral gleam.” – Estelle

“Boredom is death.” – Estelle

“For vampires, physical love culminates and is satisfied with one thing, the kill.” – Louis

“I am mortal again. I am alive. With your blood I am alive.” – Lestat