Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
Cassandra Clare Quotes
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.
Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
I am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass.
There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.
If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?
Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.
You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.
They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite
In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.
I am catastrophically in love with you.
And next time you’re planning to injure yourself to get me attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.
All knowledge hurts.
Jem is nothing but goodness. That he struck you last night only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness.
I don’t do what I’m told, but I might do what you want if you ask me nicely.
Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.
Do reasons matter when there’s nothing that can be done to change things.
Waiting for a special occasion to kill me? Christmas is coming.
Sometimes one must choose whether to be kind or honorable.
You can only push the truth down for so long, and then it bubbles back up.
It is not the same thing to be good and to be kind.
There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.
It isn’t against the Law to be an idiot.
If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.
Do not seek revenge and call it justice.
Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.
Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.
If there were such a thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood.
There is more to living than not dying.
Dreams can be dangerous things.
When you love someone, you don’t have a choice. Love takes your choices away.
There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.
The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.
You’ve always been what you are. That’s not new. What you’ll get used to is knowing it.
You had to know a person well to make them laugh like that.
Love is a contradiction.
The most terrible things men do, they do in the name of love.
I hope you told him you were bitten by a gay spider.
You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.
I am not the one of us who has no heart.
You belong where you’re loved.
Pain is only what you allow it to be.
These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.
Every time I think I’m missing a piece of me, you give it back.
I know you feel inhuman, and as if you are set apart, away from life and love, but… I promise you, the right man won’t care.
Love makes you a liar.
It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.
For this I would be damned forever. For this I would have given up everything.
God knows we’re all drawn to what’s beautiful and broken.
One does no question miracles, or complain that they are no constructed perfectly to one’s liking.
No one is ever the villain of their own story.
Whoever loves you now—and you must also love yourself—will love the truth of you.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but you smell like Magnus.
With God on your side, what does luck matter?
Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.
I love you. And I don’t want to lose you.
Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extra ordinary.
I am, in the end, what you made me.
Being told that love is forbidden does not kill love. It strengthens it.
One finds nobility in the oddest places.
And I think that you do not understand that sometimes the only choice is between acceptance and madness.
You never really hate anyone as much as someone you cared about once.