A Unicorn Quotes

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It's like learning to ride a unicorn. You never forget.
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Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1))
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Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!" Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.
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Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures In Wonderland: and Through The Looking Glass)
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Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive
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Audre Lorde (The Black Unicorn: Poems)
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People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.
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Andrzej Sapkowski (The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5))
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You really saw some?" Liz said an hour later. Sure, we had the stereo blaring and the shower running, but Liz still whispered, "They really...exist?" "Liz," I whispered back, "they're not unicorns." "No," Bex said flatly, "they're boys. And they're...good.
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Ally Carter (Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2))
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Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would break my body to pieces to call you once by your name.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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If love were a dolphin with wings and a unicorn’s horn, being ridden by a blind leprechaun dressed like Rasputin, would you believe in second chances for love at first sight?
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Jarod Kintz (This Book is Not for Sale)
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Whatever can die is beautiful β€” more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world. Do you understand me?
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Life's not easy for unicorns, you know. We're a dying breed.
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Meg Cabot
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Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.
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Ursula K. Le Guin (The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction)
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The only thing that would make her jealous would be if I led a parade riding a unicorn while ballerinas sang love songs.
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Brandon Mull (Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3))
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The bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wondrous worlds I've known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.
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Shel Silverstein
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It’s a rare man who is taken for what he truly is.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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As for you and your heart and the things you said and didn't say, she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Take me with you. For laughs, for luck, for the unknown. Take me with you.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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They'll say you are bad or perhaps you are mad or at least you should stay undercover. Your mind must be bare if you would dare to think you can love more than one lover.
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David Rovics
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I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am full of tears and hunger and the fear of death, although I cannot weep, and I want nothing, and I cannot die. I am not like the others now, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but I do. I regret.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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I'm not the world's greatest expert, but I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, ... broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?' - when J.K. Rowling insisted she wasn't writing fantasy.
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Terry Pratchett
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Who would you be but who you are?
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Terry Brooks (The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2))
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The magician stood erect, menacing the attackers with demons, metamorphoses, paralyzing ailments, and secret judo holds. Molly picked up a rock.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)
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If you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you're at it? Go ahead. Nothing's off limits. But the endless possibility of the genre is a trap. It's easy to get distracted by the glittering props available to you and forget what you're supposed to be doing: telling a good story. Don't get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That's a story. Handled properly, it's more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.
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Patrick Rothfuss
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Now I will believe that there are unicorns...
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William Shakespeare (The Tempest)
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Then what is magic for?" Prince LΓ­r demanded wildly. "What use is wizardry if it cannot save a unicorn?" He gripped the magician's shoulder hard, to keep from falling. Schmedrick did not turn his head. With a touch of sad mockery in his voice, he said, "That's what heroes are for.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Marveling at his own boldness, he said softly, "I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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I think love is stronger than habits or circumstances. I think it is possible to keep yourself for someone for a long time and still remember why you were waiting when she comes at last.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Her voice left a flavor of honey and gunpowder on the air.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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But this girl, she lived in a bubble, and seeing her out at a frat party was like spotting a unicorn.
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Ilsa Madden-Mills (Dirty English (English, #1))
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Be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn, In that case, you should always be a unicorn.
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Elle Lothlorien (Alice in Wonderland)
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The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. The swineherd cannot already be wed to the princess when he embarks on his adventures, nor can the boy knock on the witch's door when she is already away on vacation. The wicked uncle cannot be found out and foiled before he does something wicked. Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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You were the one who taught me," he said. "I never looked at you without seeing the sweetness of the way the world goes together, or without sorrow for its spoiling. I became a hero to serve you, and all that is like you.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales.
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J. Lynn (Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3))
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I love whom I love," Prince Lir repeated firmly. "You have no power over anything that matters.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)
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The job of every generation is to discover the flaws of the one that came before it. That's part of growing up, figuring out all the ways your parents and their friends are broken.
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Justine Larbalestier (Zombies Vs. Unicorns)
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You are obvious, boy. You are difficult to miss. If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do believe that it is you and you alone that people would stare at, dismissing the others as minor irrelevancies.
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Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)
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To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago.
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Roger Zelazny (Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3))
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So this is what it's about? This is your mature response to go off into the mountains rather than talking about it and have s'mores with a gnome and a mountain man." "Yep" "What's your plan for tomorrow? Brunch with a unicorn?
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Ilona Andrews (Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6))
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...she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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When I was alive, I believed β€” as you do β€” that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year's Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. (...) You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that β€” then any time at all will be the right time for you.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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I am no king, and I am no lord, And I am no soldier at-arms," said he. "I'm none but a harper, and a very poor harper, That am come hither to wed with ye." "If you were a lord, you should be my lord, And the same if you were a thief," said she. "And if you are a harper, you shall be my harper, For it makes no matter to me, to me, For it makes no matter to me." "But what if it prove that I am no harper? That I lied for your love most monstrously?" "Why, then I'll teach you to play and sing, For I dearly love a good harp," said she.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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there never is a happy ending because nothing ever ends.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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It would have been nice to have had unicorns.
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Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead)
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Sparrows and cats will live in my shoe, Sooner than I will live with you. Fish will come walking out of the sea, Sooner than you will come back to me.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)
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I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.
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Terry Pratchett (Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14; Witches #4))
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Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.
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Lewis Carroll (Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #2))
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Ah, love may be strong, but a habit is stronger, And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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...no cat out of its first fur can ever be deceived by appearances. Unlike human beings, who enjoy them.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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I am ignoring you. In fact, I think you are a figment of my imagination.
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Bruce Coville (Dark Whispers (The Unicorn Chronicles, #3))
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The most professional curse ever snarled or croaked or thundered can have no effect on a pure heart.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels.
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Chuck Palahniuk
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A real scientist solves problems, not wails that they are unsolvable.
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Anne McCaffrey (Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna #1))
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Men have to have heroes, but no man can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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stories make you think and dream; books make you want to ask questions
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Michael Morpurgo (I Believe in Unicorns)
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A rhinoceros is as ugly as a human being, and it too is going to die, but at least it never thinks that it is beautiful.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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But I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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So what I want to know is why it is that I can no longer find you, in my mind. You are still there, just, but you are there like a ghost, a will o' the wisp. Not long ago you burned--your heart burned--in my mind like silver fire. But after that night in the inn it became patchy and dim, and now it is not there at all." "Could it be that the heart that you seek is no longer my own? I have given my heart to another." "The boy? The one in the inn? With the unicorn?" "Yes." "You should have let me take it back then, for my sisters and me. We could have been young again, well into the next age of the world. Your boy will break it, or waste it, or lose it. They all do." "Nonetheless, he has my heart. I hope your sisters will not be too hard on you, when you return to them without it.
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Neil Gaiman (Stardust)
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You pile of stones, you waste, you desolation, I'll stuff you with misery till it comes out of your eyes. I'll change your heart into green grass, and all you love into a sheep. I'll turn you into a bad poet with dreams.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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...she wasn't reading Deathly Hallows at all. Her book wasn't orange but rose and water and sand, and featured a kid on a broomstick and white unicorn. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She didn't notice me staring at her. 'Oh, I envy you,' I thought, but was smiling for her. She had just begun.
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Melissa Anelli (Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon)
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Holly: Seriously, you don't like unicorns? What kind person doesn't like unicorns? Justine: What kind of a person doesn't like zombies? What have zombies ever done to you? Holly: Zombies shamble. I disapprove of shambling. And they have bits that fall off. You never see a unicorn behaving that way. Justine: I shamble. Bits fall off me all the time: hair, skin cells. Are you saying you disapprove of me?
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Holly Black (Zombies Vs. Unicorns)
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I think that love is stronger than habits or circumstances. I think it is possible to keep yourself for someone for a long time, and still remember why you were waiting when she comes at last.... I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Can I ask you a question? You know with vampires and werewolves and goblins and things, is there any mythological creature that doesn't actually exist?" "Of course," he replied. "The unicorn and the leprechaun would be would be the two main ones. The Loch Ness Monster isn't real, either, that's just someone called Bert.
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Derek Landy (Kingdom of the Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant, #7))
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We’re playing Three Wishes,” she told her friend. β€œCake, hot bath, soft bed. How about you?” β€œWorld peace,” said Karou. Zuzana rolled her eyes. β€œYes, Saint Karou.” β€œCure for cancer,” Karou went on. β€œAnd unicorns for all.” β€œBluh. Nothing ruins Three Wishes like altruism. It has to be something for yourself, and if it doesn’t include food, it’s a lie.” β€œI did include food. I said unicorns, didn’t I?” β€œMmm. You’re craving unicorn, are you?” Zuzana’s brow furrowed. β€œWait. Do they have those here?” β€œAlas, no.” β€œThey did,” said Mik. β€œBut Karou ate them all.” β€œI am a voracious unicorn predator.
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Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3))
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Do you actually state what a pain in the ass I am in these songs?” β€œNot those words exactly. No.” He chuckled, his good humour returned. β€œYou don’t want me to lie and say everything’s always fucking unicorns and rainbows, do you?” β€œMaybe. Yes. People are going to know these are about me. I have a reputation as a constant delight to protect.
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Kylie Scott (Lick (Stage Dive, #1))
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A Litany for Survival For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns looking inward and outward at once before and after seeking a now that can breed futures like bread in our children's mouths so their dreams will not reflect the death of ours: For those of us who were imprinted with fear like a faint line in the center of our foreheads learning to be afraid with our mother's milk for by this weapon this illusion of some safety to be found the heavy-footed hoped to silence us For all of us this instant and this triumph We were never meant to survive. And when the sun rises we are afraid it might not remain when the sun sets we are afraid it might not rise in the morning when our stomachs are full we are afraid of indigestion when our stomachs are empty we are afraid we may never eat again when we are loved we are afraid love will vanish when we are alone we are afraid love will never return and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.
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Audre Lorde (The Black Unicorn: Poems)
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There's lots of kinds of chains...You can't see most of them, the ones that bind folks together. But people build them, link by link. Sometimes the links are weak...That's another funny thing, now that I think of it. Sometimes when you mend a chain, the place where you fix it is strongest of all.
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Bruce Coville (Into the Land of the Unicorns (The Unicorn Chronicles, #1))
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If you write books, you go on one page at a time. We turn from all we know and all we fear. We study catalogues, watch football games, choose Sprint over AT&T. We count the birds in the sky and will not turn from the window when we hear the footsteps behind as something comes up the hall; we say yes, I agree that clouds often look like other things - fish and unicorns and men on horseback - but they are really only clouds. Even when the lightning flashes inside them we say they are only clouds and turn our attention to the next meal, the next pain, the next breath, the next page. This is how we go on.
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Stephen King
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The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game . The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.
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Erica Jong (Fear of Flying)
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I am a king's daughter, And if I cared to care, The moon that has no mistress Would flutter in my hair. No one dares to cherish What I choose to crave. Never have I hungered, For that I did not have I am a kings daughter, And I grow old within The prison of my person, The shackles of my skin. And I would run away And beg from door to door, Just to see your shadow Once, and never more.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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Barack intrigued me. He was not like anyone I’d dated before, mainly because he seemed so secure. He was openly affectionate. He told me I was beautiful. He made me feel good. To me, he was sort of like a unicornβ€”unusual to the point of seeming almost unreal. He never talked about material things, like buying a house or a car or even new shoes. His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his mind. He read late into the night, often long after I’d fallen asleep, plowing through history and biographies and Toni Morrison, too. He read several newspapers daily, cover to cover. He kept tabs on the latest book reviews, the American League standings, and what the South Side aldermen were up to. He could speak with equal passion about the Polish elections and which movies Roger Ebert had panned and why.
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Michelle Obama (Becoming)
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A man breaking his journey between one place and another at a third place of no name, character, population or significance, sees a unicorn cross his path and disappear. That in itself is startling, but there are precedents for mystical encounters of various kinds, or to be less extreme, a choice of persuasions to put it down to fancy; until--"My God," says a second man, "I must be dreaming, I thought I saw a unicorn." At which point, a dimension is added that makes the experience as alarming as it will ever be. A third witness, you understand, adds no further dimension but only spreads it thinner, and a fourth thinner still, and the more witnesses there are the thinner it gets and the more reasonable it becomes until it is as thin as reality, the name we give to the common experience... "Look, look!" recites the crowd. "A horse with an arrow in its forehead! It must have been mistaken for a deer.
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Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead)
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When life backs you into a corner and offers you no escape, when your friends, your lover, and your family abandon you, when you're at the end of your rope, panicked, alone, and losing your mind, you know you'd give anything to make your problems go away. Then, desperate and eager, you will come to Unicorn Lane, seeking salvation in its magics and secrets. You'll do anything, pay any price. Unicorn Lane will take you in, shroud you in its power, fix your problems, and exact its price. And then you will learn what 'anything' really means.
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Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1))
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So, dear reader, we have come to the end of my trials. You have followed me through five volumes of adventures and six months of pain and suffering. By my reckoning, you have read two hundred and ten of my haiku. Like Meg, you surely deserve a reward. What would you accept? I am fresh out of unicorns. However, anytime you take aim and prepare to fire your best shot, anytime you seek to put your emotions into a song or poem, know that I am smiling on you. We are friends now. Call on me. I will be there for you.
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Rick Riordan (The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5))
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Where have you been?" she cried. "Damn you, where have you been?" She took a few steps toward Schmendrick, but she was looking beyond him, at the unicorn. When she tried to get by, the magician stood in her way. "You don't talk like that," he told her, still uncertain that Molly had recognized the unicorn. "Don't you know how to behave, woman? You don't curtsy, either." But Molly pushed him aside and went up to the unicorn, scolding her as though she were a strayed milk cow. "Where have you been?" Before the whiteness and the shining horn, Molly shrank to a shrilling beetle, but this time it was the unicorn's old dark eyes that looked down. "I am here now," she said at last. Molly laughed with her lips flat. "And what good is it to me that you're here now? Where where you twenty years ago, ten years ago? How dare you, how dare you come to me now, when I am this?" With a flap of her hand she summed herself up: barren face, desert eyes, and yellowing heart. "I wish you had never come. Why did you come now?" The tears began to slide down the sides of her nose. The unicorn made no reply, and Schmendrick said, "She is the last. She is the last unicorn in the world." "She would be." Molly sniffed. "It would be the last unicorn in the world to come to Molly Grue." She reached up then to lay her hand on the unicorn's cheek; but both of them flinched a little, and the touch came to rest on on the swift, shivering place under the jaw. Molly said, "It's all right. I forgive you.
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Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1))
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This is how we go on: one day at a time, one meal at a time, one pain at a time, one breath at a time. Dentists go on one root-canal at a time; boat-builders go on one hull at a time. If you write books, you go on one page at a time. We turn from all we know and all we fear. We study catalogues, watch football games, choose Sprint over AT&T. We count the birds in the sky and will not turn from the window when we hear the footsteps behind us as something comes up the hall; we say yes, I agree that clouds often look like other things - fish and unicorns and men on horseback - but they are really only clouds. Even when the lightening flashes inside them we say they are only clouds and turn our attention to the next meal, the next pain, the next breath, the next page. This is how we go on.
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Stephen King (Bag of Bones)
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He is not a tame lion," said Tirian. "How should we know what he would do? We, who are murderers. Jewel, I will go back. I will give up my sword and put myself in the hands of these Calormenes and ask that they bring me before Aslan. Let him do justice on me." "You will go to your death, then," said Jewel. "Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?" said the King. "That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun." "I know," said Jewel. "Or as if you drank water and it were dry water. You are in the right, Sire. This is the end of all things. Let us go and give ourselves up." "There is no need for both of us to go." "If ever we loved one another, let me go with you now," said the Unicorn. "If you are dead and if Aslan is not Aslan, what life is left for me?
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C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7))