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Shannon Hale Quotes

53 of the best book quotes from Shannon Hale
  1. #1
    “I’ve only been half myself lately, and I thought coming here would let me work this part out of me so I could be me again.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concept
    Identity
  2. #2
    “It’s only natural to confuse truth and fantasy as they play parts in a theatrical.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concept
    Reality
  3. #3
    “Doing next to nothing all day was taking its toll.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concept
    Feeling Bored
  4. #4
    “Maybe I really don’t want this, she thought. This is summer camp. This is a novel. This isn’t home. I need something real.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concept
    Reality
  5. #5
    “Movie actors fall in love with each other on the set all the time. Is it so outlandish to suppose it might happen to me?”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concept
    love
  6. #6
    “On meeting, a gentleman is presented to the lady first because it is considered an honor for him to meet her.”
  7. #7
    “Seriously, a thirty-something woman shouldn’t be daydreaming about a fictional character in a two-hundred-year-old world to the point where it interfered with her very real and much more important life and relationships. Of course she shouldn’t.”
  8. #8
    “In Austen’s world there was no such thing as a fling. Every romance was intended to lead to marriage.”
  9. #9
    “I don’t know how to have a fling. I’m throwing myself at your feet because I’m hoping for a shot at forever. You don’t have to say anything now, no promises required.”
  10. #10
    “It’s also the most perfect romance in all of literature and nothing in my life can ever measure up, so I spend my life limping in its shadow.”
  1. #11
    “She felt as though she belonged inside the aloneness. “I’ve never felt at home with myself.”
  2. #12
    “He makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world, every day of my life.”
  3. #13
    “I cherish you more than farms love rain, than night loves the moon, and so on...”
  4. #14
    “Each time the men in your life disappoint, you let Mr. Darcy in a little bit more.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Austenland
    character
    Jane
    concepts
    menRomance
  5. #15
    “Who wanted to reassure her? Mr. Nobley or the actual man, Actor X?”
  6. #16
    “You are aware that at this time a lady of thirty-three would be an affirmed spinster and considered unmarriageable.”
  7. #17
    “All I’ve ever wanted was to be near you.”
  8. #18
    “Finn always called it Enna’s Stream. He tended to refer to most anything as belonging to her—Enna’s Meadow, Enna’s Mountain. When he referred to Yasid as Enna’s Kingdom, she said, ‘Isn’t that your heart?’
    Finn smiled and kissed her hand. Isi rolled her eyes.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Enna Burning
    characters
    AniEnnaFinn
    concept
    love
  9. #19
    “I know I would crumble if I lost you.”
  10. #20
    “Did you love me most when I was drugged and helpless, Sileph? Did you love me when I was so baffled by the king’s-tongue that I actually thought you were a man? You loved a shell, then.”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Enna Burning
    characters
    EnnaSileph
    concept
    love
  1. #21
    “They laughed much harder than the memory was funny because it felt good to laugh.”
  2. #22
    “He’s just Finn. We’ve been friends too long and I know him too well, you know? And he’s still a boy, Doda. If I ever find a man, he’ll have to be a man, really a man, to handle me”
  3. #23
    “I’m a terrible prince. I should put my kingdom first and everything else second, but your first. I want you by my side every second . . .”
  4. #24
    “She dismounted, grabbed Enna’s hand so tightly that she drew blood with her fingernails, walked straight into the nearest cottage, and plopped down on a bed. Enna nodded to the startled cottage dwellers.
    ‘It’s the queen, you see,’ said Enna. ‘She’s going to have a baby in your house. You don’t mind?‘”
  5. #25
    “Hello, Razo. Enna loves me, did you hear?”
    author
    Shannon Hale
    book
    Enna Burning
    characters
    EnnaRazoFinn
    concept
    love
  6. #26
    “She touched the healthy folds of skin around the baby’s neck, wrists, and thighs, the dark lines crying for life made in his forehead, and thought how people start with wrinkles and end with wrinkles, grow into their skin and then live to grow out of it again.”
  7. #27
    “BURN HIM, prompted the fire. The excitement of burning was simmering in her, heating her up for more action.”
  8. #28
    “And Isi always listened, never told Enna she had been foolish, never said hollow things like ‘You’ll be all right.’ . . . Isi saw Enna’s struggle and her sadness, and she understood.”
  9. #29
    “Ani tried to respond with friendly attentiveness. Ani felt as dumb at conversation as she had over Gilsa’s cooking pot that day she prepared the lunch, the contents turning blacker and smelling fouler despite her anxious attempts. She had no practice at making friends. And, she discovered, her own trust had been drained dry.”
  10. #30
    “Jok made the sounds indicating he was ready to sleep, so she took off her hat and unwound her hair, scratched her head, and sighed. The weight of her hair on her back reminded her that she was not who she was. That she was a secret.”

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  1. #31
    “No more crying. It’s all wetness and no comfort at all.”
  2. #32
    “She wished, not for the first time, that she had been born with the gift of people-speaking. Ani was sure that Selia could have gotten past those guards with a few seductive words.”
  3. #33
    “Ani rode. She did not see the trees that dashed by her and the branches that moved like executioner axes just above her ducking head. There was no purpose to the direction the horse ran—except away.”
  4. #34
    “Ani lay down and, putting one arm over her face as though it were a wing, tried to shut out the world where she did not belong.”
  5. #35
    “Ani laughed. ‘A goose girl should feel honored to be mistaken for a lady with land to put a horse on, sir.’
    ‘You didn’t say ‘sir’ when you stole my horse. Geric. My name’s Geric.‘”
  6. #36
    ″‘It’s a payback,’ she said, grabbing a cold bean pie. ‘They put colored eggs in one of my chickens’ nests for a week. I poured every medicine I knew down that poor hen’s throat and laid witch-bought charms around her nest until I finally spotted a bit of point on some hay. Devilish, they are.‘”
  7. #37
    “Ani thought perhaps it was that she cared too much. She was constantly worried about what others thought of her, and how every word she spoke could condemn her further. Ani thought how to explain that to Selia and decided that she could not. Selia’s ease with strangers and friends alike made Ani sure she would not understand.”
  8. #38
    “Just think of it, Crown Princess, you can start a new life with new possibilities. You will decide who you are.”
  9. #39
    “The winter breeze still brushed against her cheek, and again she heard her name— Princess—and what had laid on her tongue since the morning of her birth now loosened.”
  10. #40
    “When the queen at last set down the parchment and met her daughter’s eyes, Ani was expecting an accusing stare and was surprised by the sorrow that weighed down her features. She could not tell if the sorrow was for her father or for her. A thought buzzed in Ani’s head: I do not know this woman at all. Her stomach turned uneasily.”

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  1. #41
    “If we don’t tell strange stories, when something strange happens we won’t believe it.”
  2. #42
    “Poor gosling. It hurts to be lost. And worse to be home with no kind of homecoming. You’re my good-luck bird, Jok. I’ll be lucky if I can do as well as you when this is all done, just a bit out of breath, a bit bruised and scratched, a bit wiser and sadder for it all.”
  3. #43
    ″‘Fraud?’ said Selia. ‘Royalty is not a right, Captain. The willingness of the people to follow a ruler is what gives her power. Here, in this place, by this people, I have been chosen. These men are tired of being told whom to follow. Now they have a choice, and they use that choice to call me Princess.’ Selia’s words seemed seductively convincing. Even Ani, peering through pine boughs, had to stop herself from nodding. But Adon stepped up beside Talone and challenged her.”
  4. #44
    “Ani was eager to learn the voice of every bird that nested on the palace grounds, but the swan pond drew her return day after day. She loved to watch them swim so slowly that the water hardly rippled and watch every silent, mild movement shimmer into meaning. Soon her throat and tongue could make nearly all the sounds of the swans, and she trumpeted gleefully.”
  5. #45
    “She closed the book and put her cheek against it. There was still an odor of a library on it, of dust, leather, binding glue, and old paper, one book carrying the smell of hundreds.”
  6. #46
    “The queen shook her head. ‘You should never have been only a little girl, you should have always been a crown princess.‘”
  7. #47
    “I can see that one can never pay back Gilsa for the fear that she will give again.”
  8. #48
    “You saw my leg?”
    “How can a man help what he sees?” he said. “And, if I could add, you possess a very fine leg.”
  9. #49
    “Geric,” she called.
    He turned back around.
    “What kind of flowers were they?”
    “I don’t rightly know,” he said. He made faltering gestures with his hands, forming their size and shape from the air. “They were yellow, and smallish, and had lots of petals.”
    “Thank you,” she said. “They were beautiful.”
  10. #50
    “Is this why you kept me away from my siblings all these years? Not because you were training me to be queen, but rather protecting them from me because you knew you would be sending me away? Separation, elevation, delegation- it was all just a ruse.”
  11. #51
    “I, Geric-Sinath of Gerhard, declare that you’re beautiful and you’re perfect and I’ll slay any man who tries to take you from my side. Goose girl, may I kiss you?”
  12. #52
    ″‘You’re Enna,’ said Ani. ‘That’s somebody.’
    Enna smiled. ‘So’s Isi.’
    Is she? thought Ani. Then I’d like to be her. I’d like to be somebody.
    ‘She is, you are,’ said Enna, as though she had heard Ani’s doubt.”
  13. #53
    “Her eyes lingered a moment on Selia, and she found herself thinking, She would be better at playing princess than I am. The thought stung. Ani wanted so badly to do it right, to be regal and clever and powerful. But too often her only truly happy moments were the bursts of freedom, stolen afternoons on her horse’s back, brief, breathtaking rides past the stables to where the gardens turned wild, her lungs stinging with the cold, her muscles trembling with the hard ride.”
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