“It occurs to me that maybe desire isn’t something overindulging helps. Maybe...I took a killing dose when I should have been poisoning myself slowly, one kiss at a time.”
― Holly Black, The Wicked King
She had to follow the flame in her heart. The flame the tree had given her. The realization of what she had to do carved pieces from her soul. She tasted salt on her lips. Tears ran down to her chin and fell in fat drops.
~ Samantha Shannon, The Priory of the Orange Tree
“But a cocktail is not meant to be a mélange. It is not a potpourri or an Easter parade. At its best, a cocktail should be crisp, elegant, sincere—and limited to two ingredients.”
“Yes. But they must be two ingredients that complement each other; that laugh at each other’s jokes and make allowances for each other’s faults; and that never shout over each other in conversation.”
~ Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
If you are wondering why other worlds seem so brimful of magic compared to your own dreary Earth, consider how magical this world seems from another perspective.
~ Alix E. Harrow,
The Ten Thousand Doors of January