Thursday Quotables: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Thursday Quotables is a meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s an opportunity to share stand-out quotes from your current read; if you want to know more the Bookshelf Fantasies blog click here.

Hello, Thursday! I read this book last week, and found that it had some really, really wonderful quotes I just had to highlight. Unfortunately the novel itself did not live up to my exceptions (which were admittedly very, very high), so if you’re looking for a review of the novel, come back to this blog on Monday where you’ll see a star rating and review. But for now, let’s enjoy some of my favourite quotes from the novel.

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“Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it’s really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.”


“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”


“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”


“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”


“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”


“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”


“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”


“Do you remember all of your audiences?” Marco asks.
“Not all of them,” Celia says. “But I remember the people who look at me the way you do.”
“What way might that be?”
“As though they cannot decide if they are afraid of me or they want to kiss me.”
” I am not afraid of you,” Marco says.”


“Everything I have done, every change I have made to that circus, every impossible feat and astounding sight, I have done for her.”


“I have been surrounded by love letters you two have built each other for years, encased in tents.”


 Have you read The Night Circus? Let me know!

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