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The King in Yellow Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The King in Yellow
  1. #1
    “‘Ah’ she said, ‘to come is easy and takes hours; to go is different--and may take centuries.’”
  2. #2
    “The ambition of Caesar and of Napoleon pales before that which could not rest until it had seized the minds of men and controlled even their unborn thoughts.”
  3. #3
    “What a precious triple donkey I had made of myself!”
  4. #4
    “‘It’s a bad place for a stranger,’ old Goulven had said: ‘you’d better take a guide;’ and I had replied, ‘I shall not lose myself.’ Now I knew that I had lost myself, as I sat there smoking, with the sea-wind blowing in my face.”
  5. #5
    “‘My children,’ said the preacher, ‘one truth the human soul finds hardest of all to learn: that it has nothing to fear. It can never be made to see that nothing can really harm it.’”
  6. #6
    “‘Yes, oh yes,’ said the other with bitterness. ‘American citizenship is a precious privilege when every goggle-eyed German--’ His anger choked him.”
  1. #7
    “I pray God will curse the writer, as the writer has cursed the world with this beautiful, stupendous creation, terrible in its simplicity, irresistible in its truth--a world which now trembles before the King in Yellow.”
  2. #8
    “I have not a care of my own, but I am more restless than if I had.”
  3. #9
    “I could tell more, but I cannot see what help it will be to the world. As for me, I am past human help or hope.”
  4. #10
    “That fatal May morning when Geneviève murmured, ‘I love you, but I think I love Boris best,’ told on me at last. I had never imagined that it could become more than I could endure. Outwardly tranquil, I had deceived myself.”
  5. #11
    “The mask of self-deception was no longer a mask for me, it was a part of me.”
  6. #12
    “For I knew that the King in Yellow had opened his tattered mantle and there was only God to cry to now.”

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  1. #13
    “There a painless death awaits him who can no longer bear the sorrows of this life. If death is welcome let him seek it there.”
  2. #14
    “You and I have all we need in this world. Ah! how sinister and covetous you look already!”
  3. #15
    “It was too late for me to regret what had occurred during the day.”
  4. #16
    “It is hard,--hard to work always--always alone with never a friend you can have in honour, and the love that is offered means the streets, the boulevard--when passion is dead. I know it,--we know it,--we others who have nothing,--have no one, and who give ourselves, unquestioning--heart and soul, knowing the end.”
  5. #17
    “No, he is not vicious, nor is he in the least demented. His mind is a wonder chamber, from which he can extract treasures that you and I would give years of our life to acquire.”
  6. #18
    “Never in word or deed or thought while with them had I betrayed my sorrow even to myself.”
  7. #19
    “I said that I was no good. That is true, but still I was not exactly a comic opera villain. I had led an easy-going reckless life, taking what invited me of pleasure, deploring and sometimes bitterly regretting consequences.”
  8. #20
    “The fall from my horse had fortunately left no evil results; on the contrary it had changed my whole character for the better. From a lazy young man about town, I had become active, energetic, temperate, and above all--oh, above all else--ambitious.”
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