The Memoirs of Lady Trent Favourite Quotes

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A Natural History of Dragons

“The dragon within my heart stirred, shifting her wings, as if remembering they could be used to fly.”

“You may think you see plenty of stars, friend reader, but you are wrong. Night is both blacker and more brilliant than you can imagine, and the sky a glory that puts to shame the most splendid jewels at Renwick’s. Up in the mountains, where the air is crisper than the humid atmosphere of Scirland, I beheld a beauty I had never before seen.”

“A husband willing to fund a library for his bookish wife is not so easy to obtain; most would see it as a pointless expense. You might, however, find one willing to share his library.”

“There are proverbs about frying pans and fires that I might have quoted to myself, but I preferred to adapt a different one to my purposes: better the devil that would attack everyone impartially than the devil specifically looking to kill us.”

The tropic of Serpents

“Nudity, I find, rapidly becomes boring when it is not treated as scandalous.”

“There is nothing in the world so enticing as that which you have been told you may not have.”

“…for even the best artwork is a static thing of the eye alone, and words are by their nature linear.”

“There is no faster way to harden my determination than to assume I will fail at something.”

The Voyage of the Basilisk

“I have never attempted to hide that I have had two husbands in my life.
I have, however, neglected to mention that in between them, I had a wife.”

“I find that respectability grows wearisome after a time, when one is accustomed to being a disgrace.”

“At no point did I form the conscious intention of founding an ad hoc university in my sitting room. It happened, as it were, by accident.”

“Jake pried the head open, giving me a look when I warned him not to cut himself on the teeth. It is a look I think all children master at about his age—the one that insists the looker needs no warning while, by its very confidence, convincing the one looked at that the warning was very necessary indeed.”

In The Labyrinth of Drakes

“I sometimes imagine there is a clerk behind a desk situated between the brain and the mouth. It is his job to examine utterances on their way out, and stamp them with approval or send them back for reconsideration. If such a clerk exists, mine must be very harried and overworked; and on occasion he puts his head down on the desk in despair, letting things pass without so much as a second glance.”

“I honestly cannot tell whether you are the most practical women I have ever met or the most deranged.”
“Why can’t I be both”

“…A widow has freedoms a wife does not. But when I look at you, I do not see obstacles for my career, I see-” My face burned even more. “I see wings. A way to fly higher and further than I can on my own.”

“You and I are not held to the same standards, Andrew. People will forgive a slip, a weakness, a minor personal folly — when it comes from a man. They may click their tongues at you, even gossip about your behaviour…but at worst, it will only reflect on you.                                                                                                                                                           If I misstep, it goes far beyond me. Errors on my part are proof that women are unsuited to professional work.”

Within the Sanctuary of Wings

“on the one hand, I lamented the loss of my girlish glee, the sense that it was enough simply to see a new thing and record it for other people to learn. On the other hand, it was also exhilarating, for I was challenging myself to look further, to thing harder, to fit what I saw into a larger picture and then tease out its implications.”

“Well. If we’re going to get ourselves killed, we might as well get started.”

“It felt as if  the descending line of the dawn was bringing life towards me one meter at a time, and when it arrive, the world transformed.”

“We stared at it in frozen silence, while the wind howled around us. Imagine it alive, with a skeleton inside; imagine it standing, with one foot outstretched and the shoulders thrown back proud. We had seen that image a thousand times, in statues, carved into walls. It was a Draconean God.”





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