May 07, 2021

30 Quotes from A Discovery of Witches book by Deborah Harkness

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Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. A Discovery of Witches is about Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, who discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Quotes

Anyone who has read paperback bestsellers or even watched television knows that vampires are breathtaking, but nothing prepares you to actually see one. Their bone structures are so well honed that they seem chiseled by an expert sculptor. Then they move, or speak, and your mind can’t begin to absorb what you’re seeing. Every movement is graceful; every word is musical. And their eyes are arresting, which is precisely how they catch their prey. One long look, a few quiet words, a touch: once you’re caught in a vampire’s snare you don’t stand a chance. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 2

Witches, vampires, and daemons aren’t supposed to mix. You know that. Humans are more likely to notice us when we do. No daemon or vampire is worth the risk. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 2

A little book can hold a big secret - one that might change the world. You’re a witch. You know words have power. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 6

Every time 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. It’s my job to discover and explain them. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 7

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. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 7

I can tell you as a scientist, that there’s no such thing as ‘normal.’ ‘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. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 8

A witch shouldn’t keep secrets from other witches. Bad things happen when she does. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 10

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. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 12

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. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 14

Magic is desire made real. [...] When a witch concentrates on something she wants, and then imagines how she might get it, she can make it happen. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 14

I don’t want to look back on a life where I took everything rather than earned it. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 14

A vampire’s life was measured not in hours or years but in secrets revealed and kept. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 16

There’s magic inside you, Diana, and it wants to get out, whether you ask for it or not. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 17

I have never been a radical! Change is very much overrated. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 18

It’s a scientist’s prerogative to change his mind as new information comes to light. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 20

Why do vampires have such a strange attitude toward time? [...] Witches don’t have centuries to fall in love. We do it quickly. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 22

It’s a historian’s job to uncover secrets. And I’m very good at it. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 22

It is a blessing as well as a burden to love so much that you can hurt so badly when love is gone. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 23

This was so different from books and movies, where love was made into something tense and difficult. Loving Matthew was much more like coming into port than heading out into a storm. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 27

The life stories of a vampire are theirs to tell - and theirs alone. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 27

I don’t mind one moment of love that you’ve shared with any creature, living or dead, so long as you want to be with me right at this moment. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 27

Modern creatures are always in such a hurry. Call me old-fashioned if you’d like, but I want to enjoy every moment of our courtship. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 28

Making love should be about intimacy, about knowing another’s body as well as your own. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 28

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. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 28

No one sees as many centuries as I have without being careful. I’m always careful. Now more than ever, since I have so much more to lose. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 28

That’s the most important lesson a warrior learns, witch. You learn how to pick your battles and let go of those you can’t win, to fight another day. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 33

Try not to be too hard on yourself as you journey into the future. Keep your wits about you, and trust your instincts. It’s not much in the way of advice, but it’s all that a mother can give. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 34

It will not be the first time my children have driven me to tears. But I wouldn’t give up the sorrow if it meant giving up the joy as well. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 36

Explanations, like medicines, go down easier when accompanied by liquid refreshment. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 36

Whiskey made it possible to close your eyes at night without hating yourself for everything you’d been ordered to do that day. - A Discovery of Witches, Chapter 36