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30 Best The Cruel Prince Quotes by Holly Black

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30 Best The Cruel Prince Quotes by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince quotes are enchantingly written by Holly Black.

How do you know if a book is a good book? I know, there are so many factors to consider! But when a book has a ton of deep, thought provoking quotes, it instantly becomes one of my favourite books.

As a beginner fantasy reader who recently read this book, I was not expecting these many meaningful quotes!

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Here are 30 Best The Cruel Prince Quotes by Holly Black:

The Cruel Prince Quotes #1

Grown ups were always worried, always whispering. -The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

The Cruel Prince Quotes #2

These clothes are a costume for me. I am playing dress-up in ignorance. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #3

If I don’t try too hard today, at least I never need know if I would have been good enough. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

(Personal favourite of Jude Duarte quotes)

The Cruel Prince Quotes #4

Do you know what mortal means? It means born to die. It means deserving of death. That’s what you are, what defines you – dying. Cardan Greenbriar, The Cruel Prince

(Cardan Greenbriar quotes written by Holly Black really do reflect him being a cruel fae, don’t you think so?)

The Cruel Prince Quotes #5 

Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s stated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle. -Prince Dain, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #6

Our lives are the only real thing we have, our only coin. We get to buy what we want with them. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince Quotes #7

Taking what we wish, indulging in every terrible thought. There’s safety in being awful. -Locke, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #8 

Because you’re like a story that hasn’t happened yet. Because I want to see what you will do. I want to be part of the unfolding of the tale. -Locke, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #9

What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong?  -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #10

Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

(honestly, just WOW. This quote made me pause from reading and I had to take a moment to process it)

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The Cruel Prince Quotes #11

Prisoners are like damson plants. The longer you keep them, the less valuable they become. Eventually they spoil. -The Ghost, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #12

He’s a monster, so if I want to do a very bad thing, he’s not going to judge me for it. Much. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #13

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince 

The Cruel Prince Quotes #14

There’s always something left to lose. -Vivienne Duarte, The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince Quotes #15

He looks like a faerie lover stepped out of a ballad, the kind where no good comes to the girls who run away with him. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #16

I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

(this quote shows SO MUCH power! You go girl! One of the most brilliantly written quotes in this book, just my opinion)

The Cruel Prince Quotes #17

Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #18

That’s what comes of hungering for something, you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #19

Before, I never knew how far I would go. Now I believe I have the answer. I will go as far as there is to go. I will go way too far -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #20

But I will not stand in front of your happiness. I will not even stand in front of misery that you choose for yourself. -Madoc, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #21

If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #22

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop. -Cardan Greenbriar, The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince Quotes #23

I love my parents’ murderer, I suppose I could love anyone. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #24

The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #25

You think because you can humiliate me, you can control me? -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #26

And to coddle your ego, I have made myself less. I have made myself small, I have kept my head down. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #27

It’s frightening to have a choice like this in front of me, a choice that changes all future choices. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #28

When I find out whom you’re protecting. They will be sorry they ever drew breath. -Madoc, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #29

Nice things don’t happen in storybooks, or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise, the story would be boring, and no one would read it. -Taryn Duarte, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince Quotes #30

Do you love me enough to give me up? Isn’t that a test of love? -Locke, The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince quotes have definitely made a space in my mind, heart and soul. There’s plenty more space for the next two books, which I am currently reading.

Did you enjoy reading this book? Or did you at least like the quotes?

Checkout my full review of this book from a beginner fantasy reader’s perspective here.

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30 Best The Cruel Prince Quotes by Holly Black

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