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It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue,
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
As far as I can tell there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning year after year...One is fear. The other is desire.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Yes, I see that you are behaving like a prince but that doesn't mean you won't behave like a devil at the first opportunity.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It is a blessing as well as a burden to love so much that you can hurt so badly when love is gone.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Sorry, we've got ghosts.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
And happiness is always louder than sadness.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Se Souvenir du passe, et qu'il ya un avenir: Remember the past, and that there is a future.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
All that children need is love, a grown-up to take responsibility for them, and a soft place to land.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Magic is desire made real.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
My ideas about vampires may be romantic, but your attitudes toward women need a major overhaul.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
His full name is Matthew Gabriel Philippe Bertrand Sebastien de Clermont. He was also a very good Sebastien, and a passable Gabriel. He hates Bertrand and will not answer to Philippe.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Are you smelling me?” After yesterday I suspected that my body was giving him all kinds of information I didn't want him to have. “Don't tempt me,” he murmured.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed (Albert Einstein)
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
As far as I can tell, there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning, year after year. One is fear. The other is desire.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I was planning on starting a new file on my computer with the title "Phrases That Sound One Way to Witches but Mean Something Else to Vampires.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
If the butterfly wings its way to the sweet light that attracts it, it's only because it doesn't know that the fire can consume it.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
the first requirement of war: allies must not kill each other.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The world unwraps itself to you, again and again as soon as you are ready to see it anew.
Gregory Maguire (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1))
She was like a camera that had been chronically out of focus until someone came by and twisted the lenses into alignment.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You do angry. I just saw it. And you left at least one hole in my carpet to prove it.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
All you have to do is be a good listener. Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
A ma vie de coer entier. Mon debut et ma fin. Se souvenir du passe, et qu'il ya un avenir. My whole heart for my whole life. With an alpha and an omega: my beginning and my end. Remember the past, and that there is a future.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Whoever can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
We kissed each other, long and deep, while my legs opened like the covers of a book.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
there’s nothing more powerful than human fear—not magic, not vampire strength. Nothing.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I have a weakness for smart men.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Somewhere in the center of my soul, a rusty chain began to unwind. It freed itself, link by link, from where it had rested, unobserved, waiting for him. My hands, which had been balled up and pressed against his chest, unfurled with it. The chain continued to drop, to an unfathomable depth where there was nothing but darkness and Matthew. At last it snapped to its full length, anchoring me to a vampire. Despite the manuscript, despite the fact that my hands contained enough voltage to run a microwave, and despite the photograph, as long as I was connected to him, I was safe.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You persist in this romantic vision of what it is to be a vampire, but despite my best efforts to curb it I have a taste for blood.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Desire urges me on as fear bridles me" Bruno.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I would rather have had this moment with you—just this one night—than centuries with someone else...
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
These days vampires gravitated toward particle accelerators, projects to decode the genome, and molecular biology. Once they had flocked to alchemy, anatomy, and electricity. If it went bang, involved blood, or promised to unlock the secrets of the universe, there was sure to be a vampire around.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Be still,” he said, voice harsh. “I might not be able to control myself if you step away.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
In this room we understand why this war might be fought...it's about our common belief that no one has the right to tell two creatures that they cannot love each other--no matter what their species.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I wanted to know how humans came up with a view of the world that had so little magic in it. I needed to understand how they convinced themselves that magic wasn’t important.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Be yourself-- Matthew Clairmont. Complete with your sharp vampire teeth and your scary mother, your test tubes full of blood and your DNA, your infuriating bossiness and your maddening sense of smell.
Deborah Harkness
Normal' is a bedtime story-a fable-that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what's happening around them is not 'normal' at all.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
My life now has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Everything before was preamble. Now I have you. One day you will be gone, and my life will be over.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
That evening, rowing on the quiet river as sunset turned to dusk, I saw an occasional smoky smudge on the towpath, always slightly ahead of me, like a dark star guiding me home.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Scholars do one of two things when they discover information that doesn't fit what they already know. Either they sweep it aside so it doesn't bring their cherished theories into question or they focus on it with laserlike intensity and try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Ni muer ni viu ni no guaris, Ni mal no·m sent e si l’ai gran, Quar de s’amor no suy devis, Ni no sai si ja n’aurai ni quan, Qu’en lieys es tota le mercés Que·m pot sorzer o decazer.” “Not dying nor living nor healing, there is no pain in my sickness, for I am not kept from her love. I don’t know if I will ever have it, for all the mercy that makes me flourish or decay is in her power.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Wordlessly I looked back at him, astonished that a kiss on the palm could be so intimate.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
He walks through your future, but he's in the past as well. He's always in shadows, never in the light. And though he's dangerous, the shadowed man doesn't pose a threat to you.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
English vampires may not be as well behaved around witches as the American ones are.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You have always been a child between, a witch apart. But there is no path forward that does not have him in it. Whichever way you go, you must choose him.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Within days they'd formed an unholy alliance with a foppish young French vampire in the Garden District who had implausibly golden hair and a streak of ruthlessness as wide as the Mississippi
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
...I don't expect you to have no regrets about who you've lost along the way. How could you not have been loved before, when I love you so much?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Decide what to do to survive, and do it.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I saw the logic that they used, and the death of a thousand cuts as experimental scientists slowly chipped away at the belief that the world was an inexplicably powerful, magical place. Ultimately they failed, though. The magic never really went away. It waited, quietly, for people to return to it when they found the science wanting.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
For storms will rage and oceans roar, When Gabriel stands on sea and shore, And as he blows his wondrous horn, Old worlds die and new be born.
Deborah Harkness (Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2))
The strongest distinguishing characteristic of humans is their power of denial.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
There is more to the game than protecting your queen" Hamish said. "Why do you find it so difficult to remember that it's the king who's not expendable?" "The king just sits there, moving one square at a time.The queen can move so freely. I suppose I'd rather lose the game than forfeit her freedom
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I’ve seen courage like yours before—from women, mostly.” Matthew continued as if I hadn’t spoken. “Men don’t have it. Our resolve is born out of fear. It’s merely bravado.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Je suis à votre commande, seigneur.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Elle a plus de courage que j’ai pensé.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Did you know that a witch's blood makes music? Like a siren who sings to the sailor, asking him to steer his ship into the rocks, the call of your blood could be my undoing-and yours.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Her bark is worse than her bite.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It was a brutal picture, a tug-of-war between two equal but opposing impulses. It had the ring of truth, however,
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Be careful, daughter....You are a creature of the crossroads, neither here nor there. 'Tis a dangerous place to be.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I want a simple, ordinary life . . . like humans enjoy.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It’s doubtful we’re the first creatures to love those we should not, and we surely won’t be the last.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Matthew kept hinting that his desire - for blood, chiefly- was so strong that it put everything else at risk. But vampires weren’t the only creatures who had to manage such strong impulses. Much of what qualified as magic was simply desire in action. Witchcraft was different- that took spells and rituals. But magic? A wish, a need, a hunger too strong to be denied- these could turn into deeds when they cross a witch’s mind.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Some promises matter more than others.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I cannot shield you from the challenges you will face. You will know great loss and danger, but also great joy. You may doubt your instincts in the years to come, but your feet have been walking this path since the moment you were born.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Do you wonder what it would be like for me to taste you?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I want what I shouldn’t want, and I crave someone I can never have.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Am I dreaming?” “You’re not dreaming,” Matthew said. “And, Diana?” He hesitated. “I love you.” It was what I most wanted to hear. The forgotten chain inside me started to sing, quietly, in the dark.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Everybody thinks the library is just a building, but it isn’t.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
he met with the Devill, and cheated him of his Booke, wherein were written all the Witches names in England, and if he looks on any Witch, he can tell by her countenance what she is.
Matthew Hopkins (The Discovery of Witches and Witchcraft: The Writings of the Witchfinders)
Rebecca asked me what made the most lasting impression on children. I told her it was the stories their parents read to them at night, and all the messages about hope and strength and love that were embedded in them.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Much of what qualified as magic was simply desire in action...Magic is desire made real.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Everyone who has ever been in pain knows that morphine and magic are the same.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You're like a galaxy born from a dying star.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Einstein said that all physicists were aware that the distinctions between past, present, and future were only what he called ‘a stubbornly persistent illusion.’ Not only did he believe in marvels and wonders, he also believed in the elasticity of time.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Turn to me with all your heart. Do not refuse me because I am dark and shadowed. The fire of the sun has altered me. The seas have encompassed me. The earth has been corrupted because of my work. Night fell over the earth when I sank into the miry deep, and my substance was hidden.” The Moon Queen held a star in one outstretched palm. “From the depths of the water I cried out to you, and from the depths of the earth I will call to those who pass by me,” I continued. “Watch for me. See me. And if you find another who is like me, I will give him the morning star.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Because you will love him as you love no one else, I tied your magic to your feelings for him. Even so, only you will have the ability to draw it into the open.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Still, you need him as much as you need the air you breathe, and he wants you as he’s wanted nothing and no one since I made him. So it is done, and we will make the best of it.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Why do today’s women think it’s important to open a door themselves?” he said sharply. “Do you believe it’s a testament to your physical power?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Like all parents, they were just doing their best from moment to moment.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I know,I can smell it, too,
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
But it's too soon for me to imagine losing you.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Matthew feels deeply. It is a blessing as well as a burden to love to love so much that you can hurt badly when love is gone.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Survival and sexuality were linked in ways I’d never appreciated until now.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
En quelques jours, ils avaient noué une alliance malsaine avec un jeune et élégant vampire français du Garden District aux cheveux blonds improbables, et totalement dénué de scrupules.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Once the world was full of wonders, but it belongs to humans now. We creatures have all but disappeared; daemons, vampires and witches. Hiding in plain sight, fearful of discovery, ill at ease even with each other. But as my father used to say: In every ending, there is a new beginning.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Matthew had been accumulating secrets...My life might be too brief to hear them all, never mind understand them.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Now I have you. One day you will be gone, and my life will be over.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
For us to be together, we needed to decide which secrets to share and then let the others go.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Neither his family nor his next taste of blood mattered as much as knowing that she was safe and within arm’s reach. If that was what it meant to be bewitched, he was a lost man.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Give me knowledge of my end and the measure of my days, so I may know my fraility. My lifetime is no longer than the width of my hand. It is only a moment, compared to yours.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Diana's eyes were the blue and gold of a summer sky, and Matthew wanted nothing more than to fall headlong into their bright depths, not to lose himself but to be found
Deborah Harkness (The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3))
Vampires aren't the only ones who can hunt.
Diana Bishop
I know. You were nervous before you opened your eyes.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Are you always like this? All dressed up in adrenaline and no place to go?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The next morning was grey and much more typical of early autumn. All I wanted to do was cocoon myself in layers of sweaters and stay in my room.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The scars don't bother me. They are just signs that I've fought and survived.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You don't feel this way now, but you're lucky to have found her at last...But is she lucky, Hamish? Is she fortunate to have a creature like me in pursuit?...That's entirely up to you. Just remember-no secrets. Not if you love her.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I can tell you as a scientist Diana, that there's no such thing as 'normal'." His voice was losing its careful softness. "'Normal' is a bedtime story-a fable- that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what's happening around them is not 'normal' at all
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I promise not to draw blood, if you promise not to weep.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
how we spoke about magic and with whom we discussed it. Humans outnumbered us and found our power frightening, my mother explained, and fear was the strongest force on earth.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Alchemy is the story of creation, told chemically. Creatures are chemistry, mapped onto biology.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Sometimes my pagan background was a serious professional liability.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I could still feel the chain that anchored me to Matthew, witch to vampire.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Matthew feels deeply. It is a blessing as well as a burden to love so much that you can hurt so badly when love is gone.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It smells like the past. But not the dead past. It's so alive.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It is I who mediates the elements, bringing each into agreement...I make what is moist dry again, and what is dry I make moist. I make what is hard soft again, and harden that which is soft. As I am the end, so my lover is the beginning. I encompass the whole work of creation, and all knowledge is hidden in me...Who will dare to separate me from my love? No one, for our love is as strong as death.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The daemon glanced at his watch. The day was young, but he already knew why his friend was in Scotland. Matthew Clairmont was falling in love.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I am capable of opening my own door,” I said, getting out of the car. “Why do today’s women think it’s important to open a door themselves?” he said sharply.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The question of why you're here-how we're all here- really does consume you," I said slowly... Matthew studied his wine. "It's the only question worth asking.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
This is why you have to stop keeping secrets, Matt. They’re going to destroy you from the inside.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Daemons are brilliant, but we’re not vicious—not like the vampires.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
If the thirsty stag runs to the brook, it's only because he isn't aware of the cruel bow...If the unicorn runs to its chaste nest, it's only because he doesn't see the noose prepared for him.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Everytime I pick up a book or a document from the past, I’m in a battle with people who lived hundreds of years ago. They have their secrets and obsessions— all the things they won’t or can’t reveal.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect. I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society. I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run. I believe in the reality of progress. I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.
H.L. Mencken (The Artist: A Drama Without Words)
From the depths of the water I cried out to you, and from the depths of the earth I will call to those who pass by me. Watch for me. See me. And if you find another who is like me, I will give him the morning star.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
That's wonderful news" Clairmont said. "Can you get this lady some tea when you have a chance? She's threatened to kill for it." "Won't be necessary, dearie," Mary told me with a smile. "We serve tea without bloodshed.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
We spend our time striving and straining to be something that we’re not. Let those desires go. Honor who you are.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Friends tell each other the truth, even when it’s difficult.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Many of the world’s ills have stemmed from someone (or a group of someones) deciding that what is different is also dangerous.
Deborah Harkness (The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy))
Men don’t have it. Our resolve is born out of fear. It’s merely bravado.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
the air had that magically still quality common in autumn. The whole world felt crisp and bright, and time seemed suspended.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
So that’s it?” I asked when I could manage it. “We’re going to abide by an ancient, narrow-minded agreement made almost a thousand years ago. Case closed.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
That will save me from me breaking the window or picking her lock, he thought.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Witches have their share of nasty legends to contend with,” I said, thinking of the witch-hunts and the executions that followed.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
heart. “You’re not lost. I found you.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I keep telling you we have no reason to rush. Modern creatures are always in such a hurry,” Matthew murmured, drawing the fallen sheet down to my waist. “Call me old-fashioned if you’d like, but I want to enjoy every moment of our courtship.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
In my experience,” the lantern began, his voice soft, “places like the oceans or the heavens, an undiscovered forest, a great underground chasm, or the mystery of a woman’s heart and mind are not the end of a journey, but a beginning. Do not let fear of the unknown prevent you from discovery, vampire; otherwise the story of your life will be a dull tale indeed.
Colleen Houck (The Lantern's Ember)
When you embrace a sacred relationship with your inner witch, you awaken within you qualities of the elements and forces of nature. This is the discovery and the connection of your powerful self.
Dacha Avelin (Embracing Your Inner Witch: The Maidens Guide to Old World Witchcraft)
Turn to me with all your heart. Do not refuse me because I am dark and shadowed. The fire of the sun has altered me. The seas have encompassed me. The earth has been corruot d because of my work. Night fell over the earth when I sank into the miry deep, and my substance was hidden.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
A note in Sarah’s dark, decisive handwriting was taped to the staircase’s newel post. “Out. Thought the house needed some time alone with you first. Move slowly. Matthew can stay in Em’s old room. Your room is ready.” There was a postscript, in Em’s rounder scrawl. “Both of you use your parents’ room.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
There's a class of things to be afraid of: it's "those things that you should be afraid of". Those are the things that go bump in the night, right? You're always exposed to them when you go to horror movies, especially if they're not the gore type of horror movie. They're always hinting at something that's going on outside of your perceptual sphere, and they frighten you because you don't know what's out there. For that the Blair Witch Project was a really good example, because nothing ever happens in that movie but it's frightenting and not gory. It plays on the fact tht you do have a category of Those Things Of Which You Should Be Afraid. So it's a category, frightening things. And only things capable of abstraction can come up with something like the caregory of frightenting things. And so Kali is like an embodied representation of the category of frightening things. And then you might ask yourself, well once you come up with the concept of the category of frightening things, maybe you can come up with the concept of what to do in the face of frightening things. Which is not the same as "what do you do when you encounter a lion", or "what do you do when you encounter someone angry". It's a meta question, right? But then you could say, at a philosophical level: "You will encounter elements of the category of all those things which can frighten and undermine you during your life. Is there something that you can do *as a category* that would help you deal with that." And the answer is yeah, there is in fact. And that's what a lot of religious stories and symbolic stories are trying to propose to you, is the solution to that. One is, approach it voluntarily. Carefully, but voluntarily. Don't freeze and run away. Explore, instead. You expose yourself to risk but you gain knowledge. And you wouldn't have a cortex which, you know, is ridiculously disproportionate, if as a species we hadn't decided that exploration trumps escape or freezing. We explore. That can make you the master of a situation, so you can be the master of something like fire without being terrified of it. One of the things that the Hindus do in relationship to Kali, is offer sacrifices. So you can say, well why would you offer sacrifices to something you're afraid of. And it's because that is what you do, that's always what you do. You offer up sacrifices to the unknown in the hope that good things will happen to you. One example is that you're worried about your future. Maybe you're worried about your job, or who you're going to marry, or your family, there's a whole category of things to be worried about, so you're worried about your future. SO what're you doing in university? And the answer is you're sacrificing your free time in the present, to the cosmos so to speak, in the hope that if you offer up that sacrifice properly, the future will smile upon you. And that's one of the fundamental discoveries of the human race. And it's a big deal, that discovery: by changing what you cling to in the present, you can alter the future.
Jordan B. Peterson
If we are at war, we’re not fighting for a bewitched alchemical manuscript, or for my safety, or for our right to marry and have children. This is about the future of all of us.” I saw that future for just a moment, its bright potential spooling away in a thousand different directions. “If our children don’t take the next evolutionary steps, it will be someone else’s children. And whiskey isn’t going to make it possible for me to close my eyes and forget that. No one else will go through this kind of hell because they love someone they’re not supposed to love. I won’t allow it.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The strongest distinguishing characteristic of humans is their power of denial. I have strength and long life, you have supernatural abilities, daemons have awe-inspiring creativity. Humans can convince themselves up is down and black is white. It’s their special gift.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Now most in the room accept we’re more similar than different and treat one another with courtesy.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I sighed. “What can I do to convince you that I’m all right?” “Pick up the phone more often, for starters,” she said grimly.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You should be a diplomat, Ysabeau. You're very good with a quick non-answer.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches Vol. 1 of 2)
The fact that everyone else seemed to find it relaxing only added to my anxiety.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
When creatures refused to use proper names, it was a way of denying that those who were not like you were your equals.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
We’re witches—of course the house is haunted.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
They’ll figure it out if we’re not careful. Humans like power—secrets, too.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I was jealous of Blanca, but Matthew wouldn't understand how or why. I gathered my thoughts and emotions and tried to sort them into something that was both true and would make sense to him. "I don't mind one moment of love you've shared with any creature, living or dead," "I said emphatically, "as long as you want to be with me, right at this moment." "Just at this moment?" He asked, his eyebrow arching up into a question mark. "This is the only moment that matters." It all seemed so simple. "No one who has lived as long as you have comes without a past, Matthew. You weren't a monk, and I don't expect you to have no regrets about who you lost along the way. How could you not have been loved before when I've loved you so much?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Tabitha strutted into the house through the cat door. With a look of complete devotion, she dropped a tiny, dead field mouse at Matthew’s feet. “Merci, ma petite,” Matthew said gravely. “Unfortunately, I am not hungry at present.” Tabitha yowled in frustration and hauled her offering off to the corner, where she punished it by batting it between her paws for failing to please Matthew.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Fess up, Diana. You’re not worried about saying the wrong thing if you see Matthew Clairmont at a cocktail party. This is how you behave when you’re working on a research problem. What is it about him that’s hooked your imagination?” Sometimes Chris seemed to suspect I was different. But there was no way to tell him the truth. “I have a weakness for smart men.” He sighed. “Okay, don’t tell me. You’re a terrible liar, you know. But be careful. If he breaks your heart, I’ll have to kick his ass, and this is a busy semester for me.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
What’s the truth in the story about vampires not being allowed inside without an invitation?” Having pressed him on his diet, I focused on the entrance protocols. “Humans are with us all the time. They just refuse to acknowledge our existence because we don’t make sense in their limited world. Once they allow us in—see us for who we really are—then we’re in to stay, just as someone you’ve invited into your home can be hard to get rid of. They can’t ignore us anymore.” “So it’s like the stories of sunlight,” I said slowly. “It’s not that you can’t be in sunlight, but when you are, it’s harder for humans to ignore you. Rather than admit that you’re walking among them, humans tell themselves you can’t survive the light.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
What a complicated, delicate business it was going to be to love him. We were the stuff of fairy tales-- vampires, witches, knights in shining armour. But there was a troubling reality to face. I had been threatened, and creatures watched me in the Bodleian in hopes I'd recall a book that everyone wanted but no one understood. Mathew's laboratory had been targeted. And our relationship was destabilizing the fragile détente that had long existed among daemons, humans, vampires, and witches.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Something had just happened. Something magical.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Wars are fought on computers. This isn’t the thirteenth century. Hand-to-hand combat isn’t required.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Desire urges me on, as fear bridles me.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
In November 2009 archivist Rima Jaen at the Goncalves archives in Seville, Spain, comes across Diana's journal in a forgotten box in the archive attics.
Deborah Harkness (The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life)
The very nature of human organizations creates orthodoxy, and orthodoxies, in turn, give birth to reformers and mavericks, men such as Luther and Kepler.
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
Got any more of that wine, Casanova?" "I'm French, Sarah, not Italian. And I'm a vampire. I always have wine," Matthew said with a wicked smile. "There's no danger of running out.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
And his stillness made me realize how much I moved, constantly blinking, breathing, and rearranging myself.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
We all hunt something,
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Witches aren’t the only creatures sharing the world with humans, however. There are also daemons—creative, artistic creatures who walk a tightrope between madness and genius.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You have a lot to learn about witches.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I asked if you were hungry.” Why he continued to do so was a mystery—when was I not hungry?
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Our arrival there and not at a busier, more crowded airport on the other side of town was yet another example of the magical efficiency and convenience of vampire travel.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Give me knowledge of my end and the measure of my days, so I may know my frailty. My lifetime is no longer than the width of my hand.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Impossible,'" Matthew said. "'Impossible n'est pas français,' Ysabeau said, her tone tart as vinegar. 'And it certainly was not a word in your father's vocabulary.
Deborah Harkness
To pleasant songs my work was once given, and bright were all my labors then; / But now in tears to sad refrains I must return.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
a wave of undergraduates arrived to disrupt the city’s tranquillity.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
in 1620 Kepler’s mother was being tried for witchcraft.
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
Kepler was, as author Arthur Koestler called him, the “watershed” where the medieval world finally gave way to the modern.
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
If the butterfly wings its way to the sweet light that attracts it, it’s only because it doesn’t know that the fire can consume it,
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Se souvenir du passe, et qu'il ya un avenir.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Normal’ is a bedtime story—a fable—that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what’s happening around them is not ‘normal’ at all.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Elias Ashmole, a seventeenth-century book collector and alchemist whose books and papers had come to the Bodleian from the Ashmolean Museum in the nineteenth century, along with the number 782.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
It showed a tiny baby girl floating in a clear glass vessel. The baby held a silver rose in one hand, a golden rose in the other. On its feet were tiny wings, and drops of red liquid showered down on the baby’s long black hair. Underneath the image was a label written in thick black ink indicating that it was a depiction of the philosophical child—an allegorical representation of a crucial step in creating the philosopher’s stone, the chemical substance that promised to make its owner healthy, wealthy, and wise. The colors were luminous and strikingly well preserved. Artists had once mixed crushed stone and gems into their paints to produce such powerful colors. And the image itself had been drawn by someone with real artistic skill. I had to sit on my hands to keep them from trying to learn more from a touch here and there.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Whoever sees her dance, And her body move so gracefully, Could say, in truth, That in all the world she has no equal, our joyful queen. Go away, go away, jealous ones, Let us, let us, Dance together, together
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Adrenaline poisoning,’ one of my doctors had called these surges of anxiety that had troubled me since childhood. The doctors explained that, for reasons they could not understand, my body seemed to think it was in a constant state of danger. One of the specialists my aunt consulted explained earnestly that it was a biochemical leftover from hunter-gatherer days. I’d be all right so long as I rid my bloodstream of the adrenaline load
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Mommy's got a firecracker inside her," was the way my father explained it with his wide indulgent grin, but firecrackers, I learned, were not simply bright and lively, they were unpredictable and they could startle and frighten you too.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
You were right,” I blurted, needing to make my own confession before tackling the subject of Knox. “I’ve never kept the magic out of my life. I’ve been using it in my work, without realizing it. It’s in everything. I’ve been fooling myself for years.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
That last summer, before your mom and dad went to Africa, Rebecca asked me what made the most lasting impression on children. I told her it was the stories their parents read to them at night, and all the messages about hope and strength and love that were embedded in them.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
We who are here to-night are here as the servants of the guests of a great University, a University of knowledge, scholarship, and intellect. You do well to be proud of it. But I have wondered whether there may not be colleges and faculties of other experiences than yours, and whether even now in the far corners of the continents powers not yours are being brought to fruition. I have myself been something of a traveller, and every time I return to England I wonder whether the games of those children do not hold more intense life than the talk of your learned men-- a more intense passion for discovery, a greater power of exploration, new raptures, unknown paths of glorious knowledge; whether you may not yet sit at the feet of the natives of the Amazon or the Zambesi: whether the fakirs and the herdsmen, the witch-doctors may not enter the kingdom of man before you
Charles Williams (Shadows of Ecstasy)
Subtly, in any organization, religious or otherwise, solidarity becomes ossification, the faith becomes orthodoxy, and compliance becomes more important than conversion of spirit. By the time of the Reformation, Christianity had gotten to the point where authority itself had become the problem. To
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
I have come to serve you with a warning, Diana Bishop. Relationships between witches and vampires are forbidden. You must leave this house and no longer associate with Matthew de Clermont or any of his family. If you don’t, the Congregation will take whatever steps are necessary to preserve the covenant.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
My conscience commands me to love an enemy and not harm him, to avoid adding new causes for separation; it tells me that I ought to be an example of moderation and mildness for my enemy; perhaps through my actions, I might encourage him to do the same, and then at last may God send us the dear desired peace.”8 For
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
The rock I'd seen in my life looked dull because in all ignorance I'd never thought to knock it open. People have cracked ordinary New England pegmatite - big, coarse granite - and laid bare clusters of red garnets, or topaz crystals, chrysoberyl, spodumene, emerald. They held in their hands crystals that had hung in a hole in the dark for a billion years unseen. I was all for it. I would lay about me right and left with a hammer, and bash the landscape to bits. I would crack the earth's crust like a piñata and spread to the light the vivid prizes in chunks within. Rock collecting was opening the mountains. It was like diving through my own interior blank blackness to remember the startling pieces of a dream: there was a blue lake, a witch, a lighthouse, a yellow path. It was like poking about in a grimy alley and finding an old, old coin. Nothing was at it seemed. The earth was like a shut eye. Mother's not dead, dear - she's only sleeping. Pry open the thin lid and find a crystalline intelligence inside, a rayed and sidereal beauty. Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetical flowers. They lengthened and spread, adding plane to plane in awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even the stones - maybe only the stones - understood.
Annie Dillard (An American Childhood)
I would not have thought,” he wrote to Mästlin, “that it could be so sweet, in union with my brothers, to suffer injury for religion, to abandon house, fields, friends, and nation. If real martyrdom is like this, to lay down one’s life, our exultation is so much the greater, the greater the loss, and it is an easy matter to die for faith.”23
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
History only became more challenging when it became less neat. Every time I pick up a book or document from the past, I'm in a battle with people who lived hundreds of years ago. They have their secrets and obsessions - all the things they won't or can't reveal. It's my job to discover and explain them.' 'What if you can't? What if they defy explanation?' 'That's never happened,' I said after considering his question. 'At least I don't think it has. All you have to do is be a good listener. Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.' 'So you're the historian as detective,' he observed.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Truthfully I may confess that as often as I contemplate the proper order, as one results from another and becomes diminished, it is as if I have read a heavenly passage not written in meaningful letters but with the essential things in this world which tells me: Put your reason herein to comprehend these things. JOHANNES KEPLER, IN HIS CALENDAR FOR 1604
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
Members brought books, precious objects, and records of creature history to the city and purchased an island in the lagoon from the Catholic Church: Isola della Stella (Island of Stars). On it were monastic buildings that were converted to suit the Congregation's purposes. ..the vast, ancient monastery library, filled with books, papers, and papyri;...This council chamber, with its stunning frescoes, mosaics, vaulted ceiling, and gallery where the most precious records are kept, embodies the Congregation's power.
Deborah Harkness (The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life)
The next seven months after his discovery, he set his ideas into a book he ponderously titled Prodomus Dissertationum Cosmographicarum, Continens Mysterium Cosmographicum, the Forerunner of the Cosmological Essays, Which Contains the Secret of the Universe. The subtitle was On the Marvelous Proportion of the Celestial Spheres, and on the True and Particular Causes of the Number, Size, and Periodic Motions of the Heavens, Established by Means of the Five Regular Geometric Solids.14 Arguably, no book title in the history of Western civilization has ever claimed more for itself than this one.
James A. Connor (Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother)
Oxford is quintessentially normal in the morning, with the delivery vans pulled up to college kitchens, the aromas of burned coffee and damp pavement, and fresh rays of sunshine slanting through the mist.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
New state decrees included provisions that the dead be unceremoniously disinfected, packed into double body bags, and hastily buried—normally in unmarked graves—by officially appointed gravediggers wearing protective equipment. This new regulation prevented family members and friends from honoring loved ones, and it negated religious observance. The discovery of a body by a search team thus furnished ample potential for physical confrontations, just as a similar decree had led to clashes in plague-stricken Bombay in 1897–1898. This tense atmosphere was inflamed by multiple conspiracy theories. One Canadian reporter wrote that people “tell me stories about witchcraft, Ebola witch guns, crazy nurses injecting neighbours with Ebola and government conspiracies.”29 Untori, or plague spreaders, were said to be at work, as in the days of the Black Death described by Alessandro Manzoni. Some regarded health-care workers as cannibals or harvesters of body parts for the black market in human organs. The state, rumor also held, had embarked on a secret plot to eliminate the poor. Ebola perhaps was not a disease but a mysterious and lethal chemical. Alternatively, the ongoing land grab was deemed to have found ingenious new methods. Perhaps whites were orchestrating a plan to kill African blacks, or mine owners had discovered a deep seam of ore nearby and wanted to clear the surrounding area.
Frank M. Snowden III (Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present)
Somewhere in the center of my soul, a rusty chain began to unwind. It freed itself, link by link, from where it had rested unobserved, waiting for him. My hands, which had been balled up and pressed against his chest, unfurled with it. The chain continued to drop, to an unfathomable depth where there was nothing but darkness and Matthew. At last it snapped to its full length, anchoring me to a vampire. Despite the manuscript, despite the fact that my hands contained enough voltage to run a microwave, and despite the photograph, as long as I was connected to him, I was safe.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
the Harveys’ most famous son. An experimental physician famous for his discovery of the circulation of the blood, he had been the personal physician to Charles I and had been present with him at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. Research in the Harvey family papers has also revealed that he was responsible for the only known scientific examination of a witch’s familiar. Personally ordered by Charles I to examine a lady suspected of witchcraft who lived on the outskirts of Newmarket, the dubious Harvey visited her in the guise of a wizard. He succeeded in capturing and dissecting her pet toad. The animal, Harvey concluded dryly, was a toad.
Sam Willis (The Fighting Temeraire: The Battle of Trafalgar and the Ship that Inspired J.M.W. Turner's Most Beloved Painting)
Who knows? But don't worry. It's happened to everybody. You drive to work and don't remember how you got there. Or the whole afternoon passes and you don't have a clue what you did. Whenever something like that happens, you can bet there's a timewalker nearby," explained Sarah.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
Matthias Hopkins, commonly called “witchfinder general,” took advantage of the disorders of the English civil wars of the seventeenth century and made a special business of the discovery of witches. He was quite successful, until his own methods were tried on his own person, and as he did not sink in the water ordeal, the people declared him to be a wizard and slew him (1647).
Paul Carus (The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day)
Up ahead, a shadowy building loomed. It looked more like a gothic cathedral than a school, with grossly elongated black spires jutting into the night sky. They unnerved Tony. Somehow, they resembled horns silhouetted against the moon. He counted ten of these protuberances, each with an arrowhead as its tip. Tony found the structure difficult to make his mind up about. It was beautiful, that was for sure, but its beauty was intermingled with an ill-masked sense of horror. The black exterior had a pair of peculiar projections on either side of the building resembling a bat's wings. His feet on concrete now, he pulled up to a webbed gate— also reminiscent of a bats with the hind, bone-like array supporting an oily black, translucent texture. He saw some girls a few dozen feet from the gate at the entrance of the building. They were garbed in black sailor fuku skirts too high above the knees to facilitate concentration upon anything academic. The males were also dressed in black corduroy pants and black dress shirt. A throng by the massive doors stared holes through them as they approached. Up close, he noted some of the girls were quite pale, sporting piercings and tattoos on their necks and hands. He even saw one with a spider web inked on the side of her face. When he followed Silver Man into the building— his toes squeaking in his soaked shoes—he was awed by the aesthetics. There was a rather large gathering in the hall that looked more like large shadows with all the children in black. Tony felt out of place in his brown pants and long sleeved white shirt. The hall was bleak; the only source of illumination was a pair of horizontal cylindrical lamps set upon wooden rafters near the ceiling. Silver Man proceeded toward the platform where Tony could just make out the form of a thin man donning a monocle. He looked like an old scientist. He was sitting cross-legged, stroking his chest-length pearl white beard. The man appeared to be watching them as they progressed through the hall. Then he stood as they neared the stage, now caressing his bald head. He had a monkish appearance. His black robe— quite similar to the one Silver Man wore— was tied at the waist by a red cloth. The bald, monocled man extended a spindly hand which Silver Man gave a firm tug before leaning in and whispering something. The man nodded, turning to Tony. Tony flinched as he regarded him through his peculiar eyewear: a single gold-rimmed, circular lens. He now folded himself into an accentuated bow. "Listen up folks!" he shouted. Tony saw the students rushing inside the castle pell-mell, summoned by the voice of the bespectacled man. “We have a late recruit ladies and gentlemen,” the man said. His voice was much stronger than his thin frame suggested. “Join me as I induct him into the hallowed spirit of Imajinaereum.
Asher Sharol (Binds Of Silver Magic (Blood Quintet #2))
who had for many yeares knowne the Devills marks, and found to have three teats about her, which honest women have not:
Matthew Hopkins (The Discovery of Witches)
they have so fraid us with bull beggers, spirits, witches, urchens, elves, hags, fairies, satyrs, pans, faunes, syrens, kit with the can'sticke, tritons, centaurs, dwarfes, giants, imps, calcars, conjurors, nymphes, changlings, incubus, Robin good fellow, the spoorne, the mare, the man in the oke, the hell waine, the fierdrake, the puckle, Tom thombe, hobgobblin, Tom tumbler, boneless, and such other bugs, that we are afraid of our own shadowes. In so much as some never feare the divell, but in a darke night; and then a polled sheepe is a perillous beast and manie times is taken for our father’s soule, speciallie in a churchyard where a right hardie man heretofore scant durst passe by night, but his haire would stand upright
Reginald Scot (Discoverie of Witchcraft)
You were glad of Amira’s power of empathy tonight. That’s a large part of her magic. It’s no better or worse to have the talents of a witch than it is to have the talent to make music or to write poetry
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
All you have to do is be a good listener. Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))
I swallowed a sandwich and a bottle of water.
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1))