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“There are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, and I am simply a bird in their midst. The audience cannot tell the difference beyond knowing that I am better at it.”

– The Night Circus

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He sits back in his chair and steadily returns the stare aimed at him. Taking his time as though he has all of it in the world, in the universe, from the days when tales meant more than they do now, but perhaps less than they will someday, he draws a breath that releases the tangled know of his words in his heart, and they fall from his lips effortlessly.

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“It is important. Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and their purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Good and evil are a good deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf ans a scarlet-clad girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Stories have changed, my dear boy. There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts have taken different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed. Each subsequent storyteller puts his or her mark upon it. Whatever truth the story once had is buried in bias and embellishment. The reasons do not matter as much as the story itself.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I wans to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“The past stays on you the way powdered sugar stays on your fingers. Some people can get rid of it but it’s still there, the events and things that pushed you to where you are now.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“So you see everything before it happens?”

“No, not everything. Sometimes just bits of things like words and pictures in a book, but the book has lots of pages missing and it’s been dropped in a pond and some parts are blurry but other parts aren’t.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

“We are fish in a bowl, dear. Very carefully monitored fish. Watched from all angles. If on of us floats to the top, it was not accidental. And if it was an accident, I worry that the watchers are not as careful as they should be.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

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