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:
Grown ups were always worried, always whispering. -The Cruel Prince, Holly Black
These clothes are a costume for me. I am playing dress-up in ignorance. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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)
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?)
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
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
Taking what we wish, indulging in every terrible thought. There’s safety in being awful. -Locke, The Cruel Prince
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
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
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)
Prisoners are like damson plants. The longer you keep them, the less valuable they become. Eventually they spoil. -The Ghost, The Cruel Prince
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
If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
There’s always something left to lose. -Vivienne Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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
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)
Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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
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
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
If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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
I love my parents’ murderer, I suppose I could love anyone. -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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
You think because you can humiliate me, you can control me? -Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince
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
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
When I find out whom you’re protecting. They will be sorry they ever drew breath. -Madoc, The Cruel Prince
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
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?
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