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Historical Fiction Quotes By Steven B. Weissman

I been running up a bill with the devil ever since, and now he's come to collect on the debt. — Steven B. Weissman

Historical Fiction Quotes By Kimberley Griffiths Little

Horeb bent over me and ran his hand down my neck, not stopping when his fingers reached my chest.
I jerked backward. "What are you doing?"
His eyes were black and intense. "A little taste before the wedding, Jayden? — Kimberley Griffiths Little

Historical Fiction Quotes By Jenny Lloyd

All that I was and the world that was mine are gone forever. — Jenny Lloyd

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

On this night of the Harvest Moon. They tossed bones into the "Bone Fire" and asked the yellow moon to shine its protection over them. (Today we call it a "Bonfire") — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Lisa Kaye Presley

I reckon it's true what they say that good begets good and bad begets bad. The evil men do lives on after them, but what good they done gets buried with their bones. — Lisa Kaye Presley

Historical Fiction Quotes By John Steinbeck

Two are better than one,because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lif' up his fellow, but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, for he hath not another to help him up. — John Steinbeck

Historical Fiction Quotes By Chris Womersley

To survive one tragedy was to learn you cannot survive them all, and this knowledge was both a freedom and a great loss. — Chris Womersley

Historical Fiction Quotes By Alma Katsu

There is not only one measure of beauty, Lanore. Everyone adores the red rose, and yet it is a common sort of beauty. You are like a golden rose, a rare bloom but no less lovely. — Alma Katsu

Historical Fiction Quotes By Rick Riordan

This is the average age of my Hunters, and all young maidens for whom I am patron, before they go astray."
"Go astray?"
"Grow up. Become smitten with boys. Become silly, preoccupied, insecure. — Rick Riordan

Historical Fiction Quotes By Caroline Leech

I am German, yes, but I am not a Nazi. There is a difference, and one day I hope you understand that. — Caroline Leech

Historical Fiction Quotes By Tessa Dare

She [Susanna] realized she was still hugging the wall. Pride propelled her two steps forward. As she advanced, something bleated at her, as though chastising her for trespassing. She stopped midstep and peered at it. "Did you know there's a lamb in here?"
"Never mind it. That's dinner."
She gave it a smile and a friendly pat. "Hullo, Dinner. Aren't you a sweet thing."
"It's not his name, it's his ... function. — Tessa Dare

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sarah Holman

Why were people always asking me about things in my past, the things I wanted to keep hidden? But then, why did my life have to be full of details I didn't want to share with others? — Sarah Holman

Historical Fiction Quotes By Huston Piner

I studied how to use the clothes washer. The handy instructions on the lid helped; so did the box of suds. It instructed me to separate the whites from the coloreds. Laundry will be the last American institution to desegregate. — Huston Piner

Historical Fiction Quotes By Andrew Davidson

Everything burns if the flame is hot enough. The world is nothing but a crucible. — Andrew Davidson

Historical Fiction Quotes By Susanna Kearsley

Romantic fiction, in the broader sense, can be any novel that has a love story somewhere in it. It can be a mystery or a historical novel, as long as it has this very strong romantic thread running through it. — Susanna Kearsley

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sandi Layne

Go back to bed, Cowan. I want no promises from you. — Sandi Layne

Historical Fiction Quotes By Wilkie Collins

I found out after reading quite a lot of it that it is not rated very high. He has a very descriptive way of writing but also lengthy. May not want to finish!!!!! This was his 1sr and only try ast Historical Fiction! — Wilkie Collins

Historical Fiction Quotes By Tessa Dare

This isn't food." Bram picked up a lavender-iced cake between thumb and finger and stared at it. "This is ... edible ornamentation. — Tessa Dare

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

I am a survivor. But I am not unique of the people that survived the great late war. We all have our stories to tell. But for most of us the hardened corners have soften with the passage of time. — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Samuel Snoek-Brown

You'll likely always have some reason or other to hang onto that girl. You just want her cause she was married to your son, and I understand that, he was a friend to me like a brother, near the only family I ever knew, and I miss him almost as much as you. But I need me a woman. — Samuel Snoek-Brown

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

Before I disappear behind the door, I stop and turn around to look at him. — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Tana French

The thing about being a mystery writer, what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer, is that you always find a mystery in every situation. — Tana French

Historical Fiction Quotes By Gregory Figg

The tall, thin serious man strode in, his dark cloak billowing so dramatically it threatened to extinguish the lamp flame with its draught. He advanced like a malevolent shadow consuming the dim orange light, filling the room with a presence almost more than human. — Gregory Figg

Historical Fiction Quotes By Belinda Jack

About Anna Faktorovich's "Romances of George Sand": "What a read! Not lacking in action and very imaginative. — Belinda Jack

Historical Fiction Quotes By Karen A. Chase

I enjoy writing historical fiction because it allows me to live more lives than just this one. — Karen A. Chase

Historical Fiction Quotes By Naomi Wood

Children, Hadley thinks to herself, children are more civilised than this gang on the sauce. — Naomi Wood

Historical Fiction Quotes By Dominique Wilson

She gently bit his bottom lip, his ear. Worked her way down his body until she reached the inside of his thigh, then bit hard, breaking the skin, drawing blood. "My mark," she said, looking up at him. "Now you'll go back to your wife with my mark. — Dominique Wilson

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

Humans will never be in charge of this world, as long as dust and weeds do as they please. — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Adam McOmber

Just before he passed behind the hedge at the end of the drive, he turned to look back at Stoke Morrow and caught me spying on him. His shining eyes were so cruel, and before I could close the curtain, I saw the flash of an awful grin on his face. It was a grin that said he knew I'd come around. Sooner or later, I'd fall in line. — Adam McOmber

Historical Fiction Quotes By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

But the living must fear death, or they would not struggle to stay alive. — Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Historical Fiction Quotes By F.C. Malby

The lines in the corners of her eyes spoke of years of wisdom, as a tree with the number of rings increasing with each passing year. She was a small frame of a woman with piercing eyes that suggested that they knew you, understood you even. — F.C. Malby

Historical Fiction Quotes By Emma Donoghue

One thing I like about historical fiction is that I'm not constantly focusing on me, or people like me; you're obliged to concentrate on lives that are completely other than your own. — Emma Donoghue

Historical Fiction Quotes By Raymond Queneau

Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or of presenting the story of an individual as having a general historical value, which is the Odyssey. — Raymond Queneau

Historical Fiction Quotes By Julie Klassen

While researching my first book, I discovered so many fascinating tidbits that I wanted to share them with readers to remind them that while the book was fiction, the situations were based on historical realities - some of which were pretty hard to believe. — Julie Klassen

Historical Fiction Quotes By Ron A Swan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Fill'd with death, ya pens'll hang ya. — Ron A Swan

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

It was a warm and natural feeling to be there. We were not black or white people. We were just people bound together by love and understanding. As I walked out of that church, I felt like I had rediscovered my inner peace. — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Naomi Wood

No man should be asked to live with so much sadness, and with so little promise of relief. — Naomi Wood

Historical Fiction Quotes By Margaret George

Some things can be recovered. Some things can be restored. But some lost things, we seek forever. — Margaret George

Historical Fiction Quotes By Katlyn Charlesworth

It is dark and there are bad creatures in these woods."
"Yes, there are ... — Katlyn Charlesworth

Historical Fiction Quotes By Neal Stephenson

Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo
which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn't a stupendous badass was dead. — Neal Stephenson

Historical Fiction Quotes By Orna Ross

When one is busy, as she was in Donegal, life whistles by. One struggles to keep up with oneself. It is vital, when one slows down, to be conscious of small things, small moments. To take pains. — Orna Ross

Historical Fiction Quotes By Michelle Moran

After all, that's why we read historical fiction-to be transported to another time, and to be astonished at ancient people's lives and traditions, just as they would probably be astonished at ours. — Michelle Moran

Historical Fiction Quotes By Mona Rodriguez

It's finding out where we came from that helps guide us to where we are going. — Mona Rodriguez

Historical Fiction Quotes By Bernie Mcgill

Some ghosts are so quiet you would hardly know they were there. — Bernie Mcgill

Historical Fiction Quotes By Orna Ross

Women come more easily to that wisdom which ancient peoples, and all wild peoples even now, think the only wisdom. — Orna Ross

Historical Fiction Quotes By Demetra Angelis Foustanellas

Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life."
Patricia Briggs. — Demetra Angelis Foustanellas

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sarah Sundin

Brick walls towered over her. Decrepit staircases crowded about her. Nothing had changed. The line there, the lessons there, the rape there. Shouldn't the place be crimson with blood and black with shame? — Sarah Sundin

Historical Fiction Quotes By Diann Ducharme

Words had failed us that night, and I'd welcomed the silence. Words had escaped me the next morning as well but in a different way, when I came to realize that I was married to a fisherman for the rest of my days."--Abigail Whimble, Return to the Outer Banks House — Diann Ducharme

Historical Fiction Quotes By Montague Kobbe

The following is a fictionalized and utterly false account of the events that most definitely did not happen on June 9-10, 1967. And yet, while all the characters in this story are little green men and women running around inside my head, the events that served as inspiration, the historical facts, as it were, must be considered no less than a sibling of the tale contained in these pages: the story I didn't write, but could have written--the book this could have been, but isn't. — Montague Kobbe

Historical Fiction Quotes By Hilary Mantel

Your love of glory must conquer your will to survive; or why fight at all? Why not be a smith, a brewer, a wool merchant? Why are you in the contest, if not to win, and if not to win, then to die? — Hilary Mantel

Historical Fiction Quotes By Katlyn Charlesworth

It seemed ironic to her that women were considered far too meek for the morbidity of war, and yet a child could give their life in a battle they did not even understand. — Katlyn Charlesworth

Historical Fiction Quotes By Bernard Cornwell

So we rode through a broken gate in a broken wall into a broken town, and it was dusk, and the day's rain had finally lifted, and a shaft of red sunlight came from beneath the western clouds as we entered the ruined town. We rode straight into the light of that swollen sun which reflected from my helm that had the silver wolf on its crest, and it shone from my mail coat and from my arm rings and from the hilts of my two swords, and someone shouted that I was the king. I rode Witnere, who tossed his great head and pawed at the ground, and I was dressed in my shining war glory. — Bernard Cornwell

Historical Fiction Quotes By Gwenn Wright

He speaks in that strange sports talk, telling me about the start of the new season and asks if I follow baseball.
No. I really don't.
He assures me if I stay in town long enough I will become a baseball fan. It's a requirement of living in St. Louis. Everyone is a Cardinal's fan.
"Loyal," he tells me. St. Louis is a loyal town. — Gwenn Wright

Historical Fiction Quotes By Seth Grahame-Smith

There are so many stories to tell in the worlds of science fiction, the worlds of fantasy and horror that to confine yourself to even doing historical revisionist fiction, whatever you want to call it - mash-ups, gimmick lit, absurdist fiction - I don't know if I want to do that anymore. — Seth Grahame-Smith

Historical Fiction Quotes By Katlyn Charlesworth

When you live in my house, you learn to be fine with whatever you come across. It's the only way to stay sane in insanity. — Katlyn Charlesworth

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nadifa Mohamed

In her orchard the trees had been born from deaths; they marked and grew from the remains of the children that had passed through her. — Nadifa Mohamed

Historical Fiction Quotes By Kathryn Lasky

I can read a newspaper article, and it might trigger something else in my mind. I often like to choose in historical fiction things or subject matter I don't feel have been given a fair shake in history. — Kathryn Lasky

Historical Fiction Quotes By Liz Newman

A woman has but two loves in life: the one who broke her heart and the one she spends the rest of her life with.
- Carolyn Chase, former Broadcast Journalist and heroine Kate Theodore's mother — Liz Newman

Historical Fiction Quotes By Donna M. McDine

Positive thoughts (expectations) can change perspective, transform behaviors, and attract good fortune. — Donna M. McDine

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sebastian Faulks

There is an arch supported by four vast columns. Etched over hundreds and hundreds of yards of stone, furlongs of stone, there are names:
"Who are these, these? The men who died in this battle?"
"No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in the cemeteries."
"These are just the ... the unfound." When she could speak again. From the whole war?"
The man shook his head. "Just these fields."
Elizabeth sat on the steps. "No one told me. My God no one told me, — Sebastian Faulks

Historical Fiction Quotes By Heidi Heilig

Jealousy is nothing but a fear of being abandoned — Heidi Heilig

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sarah Brazytis

George dutifully dusted the marks from the expensive rug and retired to the kitchen to await a grave and disapproving Collins, wishing with all of his boyish heart that he had applied for the stables. Cleaning stalls had to be beneficial exercise, and surely one must become accustomed to the smells...eventually. — Sarah Brazytis

Historical Fiction Quotes By Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini

Antonio's will was cursed. Not once, but twice. — Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini

Historical Fiction Quotes By Dorothy Dunnett

At the edge of the still, dark pool that was the sea, at the brimming edge of freedom where no boat was to be seen, she spoke the first words of the few they were to exchange. 'I cannot swim. You know it?"

In the dark she saw the flash of his smile. 'Trust me.' And he drew her with a strong hand until the green phosphorescence beaded her ankles, and deeper, and deeper, until the thick milk-warm water, almost unfelt, was up to her waist. She heard him swear feelingly to himself as the salt water searched out, discovered his burns. Then with a rustle she saw his pale head sink back into the quiet sea and at the same moment she was gripped and drawn after him, her face to the stars, drawn through the tides with the sea lapping like her lost hair at her cheeks, the drive of his body beneath her pulling them both from the shore. They were launched on the long journey towards the slim shape, black against glossy black, which was the brigantine, with Thompson on board. — Dorothy Dunnett

Historical Fiction Quotes By Orna Ross

It is inner duty, not outer achievement, that wins peace. — Orna Ross

Historical Fiction Quotes By Mal Peet

I'm not a great reader of historical fiction; it's not my favourite genre. — Mal Peet

Historical Fiction Quotes By Eloise Jarvis McGraw

You are both daring and unscrupulous, and you think fast. I have been looking for a person with those particular characteristics. Also I noticed you speak Babylonian. — Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Historical Fiction Quotes By Judith Geary

History shows us a window into our past. Historical fiction can take us by the and and lead us into that world. — Judith Geary

Historical Fiction Quotes By Carol K. Carr

It is amazing what a woman can do if only she ignores what men tell her she can't. — Carol K. Carr

Historical Fiction Quotes By Gwenn Wright

I had turned to leave and he had called after me. "Miss Maria, I kin no other woman who could be wearing men's trousers and be dripping such as ye are and look quite so lovely. It's a right shame your mother is marrying you off to that great sot!"
I had turned to call back to him, "I doubt very much we will have to worry about that after today! — Gwenn Wright

Historical Fiction Quotes By Kermit Roosevelt III

From the front row of the balcony, I look out over the Uptown Cinema. The red velvet seats are emptying, the credits scrolling up the screen. Ginger Rogers married a Nazi, but Cary Grant got her out of it. Their ship is sailing to America; sun burns away the fog and the wind blows free. Now they are gone and I am coming back to reality, breathing a harsher air. It is how I always feel when a movie ends. — Kermit Roosevelt III

Historical Fiction Quotes By Erica Sehyun Song

My wishing star glowed slightly and winked back at me. I could almost hear its voice, tinkling like wind chimes and church bells, reassuring me that everything would return to normal. — Erica Sehyun Song

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nadifa Mohamed

Mogadishu the beautiful - your white-turbaned mosques, baskets of anchovies as bright as mercury, jazz and shuffling feet, bird-boned servant girls with slow smiles, the blind white of your homes against the sapphire blue of the ocean - you are missed, her dreams seem to say. — Nadifa Mohamed

Historical Fiction Quotes By Diana Quincy

I am here, Bella. Let me cherish you as you deserve.
- Sebastian Stanhope — Diana Quincy

Historical Fiction Quotes By Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini

The United States media is advocating for the country to go to battle with Spain and take over Cuba and Puerto Rico to gain advantage over the Atlantic," said Manuel. "They have swayed public opinion. I would not be surprised that the countries go into war, and we are caught in the middle. — Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini

Historical Fiction Quotes By Diana Gabaldon

I thought the force of my wanting must wake ye, surely. And then ye did come ... " He stopped, looking at me with eyes gone soft and dark. "Christ, Claire, ye were so beautiful, there on the stair, wi' your hair down and the shadow of your body with the light behind ye ... ." He shook his head slowly. "I did think I should die, if I didna have ye," he said softly. "Just then. — Diana Gabaldon

Historical Fiction Quotes By Orna Ross

Marriage, after all, is only a little detail in life. — Orna Ross

Historical Fiction Quotes By Nancy B. Brewer

Perhaps you have visited my grave and flowers left, but did you hear me cry out to you! — Nancy B. Brewer

Historical Fiction Quotes By Gregory Figg

The wiry man scratched his head, looked the two inquisitors up and down and cleared his throat softly. "We must be quick." He turned to go, pulling his cloak over his head and shuffling through the door into the moonlight. The two inquisitors moved with impossible silence behind, floating across the straw-covered floor like the cats on the walls outside the hut. The cats froze at the disturbance before scurrying noiselessly into the shadows as the three silhouettes crossed the ten yards of grass before the blackness of the forest swallowed them. No fires flickered at this time, when the full moon was highest in the cloudless summer sky, and the three were the only waking souls in the hamlet. — Gregory Figg

Historical Fiction Quotes By Bernard Cornwell

Prisoners!" Finan shouted, and I suspected he was shouting at me because I had so blatantly ignored my own insistence that we take men captive. — Bernard Cornwell

Historical Fiction Quotes By Jenny Lloyd

Megan's deception is another hook on which I can hang my conscience. — Jenny Lloyd

Historical Fiction Quotes By Rumer Godden

My nation, as all nations, is becoming a land without peace, without thought, without mind, Madam Abbess. We are suffocating our spirits in commercial and material things. This is not envy," said Mr. Konishi earnestly. "I am a rich man, with much business, so I have succeeded in all these things, but I know that they are empty. — Rumer Godden

Historical Fiction Quotes By Thomas Mallon

I often tell people who want to write historical fiction: don't read all that much about the period you're writing about; read things from the period that you're writing about. There's a tendency to stoke up on a lot of biography and a lot of history, and not to actually get back to the original sources. — Thomas Mallon

Historical Fiction Quotes By Laura Andersen

Wouldn't you like to be my lord Duke of Exeter? Come on, Dom. Say something."
"You have lost your mind."
"Say something less insulting. — Laura Andersen

Historical Fiction Quotes By C.J. Sansom

How men fear the chaos of the world, I thought, and the yawning eternity hereafter. So we build patterns to explain its terrible mysteries and reassure ourselves we are safe in this world and beyond. — C.J. Sansom

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sandi Layne

All good things originate with the Creator God, he'd been taught, and the Song of Life was no exception. — Sandi Layne

Historical Fiction Quotes By Danko Antolovic

The enlightened rational man is not unlike the title character in Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni": a likeable rake, intelligent and enterprising, free to do as he pleases, outmaneuvering his honorable, tradition-bound adversaries at every step. One cannot begrudge him his liberty and pursuit of happiness, but looming large above him is his fatal flaw: his mind's maturity does not match his freedom. His pursuits are frivolous, tawdry and destructive. And this, we maintain, is the historical moment of our techno-scientific world: like some allegorical alien race in a science fiction story, we have placed broad freedoms and enormous power in the hands of a flawed creature: ourselves. Empirical reason has brought us here, and by its light we will have to find a way forward. — Danko Antolovic

Historical Fiction Quotes By T.S. Wieland

I had a few people ask me if I might one day write my own autobiography. I just told them, 'It's already being written; through my books. — T.S. Wieland

Historical Fiction Quotes By Tamara Agha-Jaffar

My anger mounted. "What about your son and me? What about us? How can you even think of leaving me alone here with our baby boy? Telemachus needs his father. What's going to happen to us if you leave? Who will help me raise him? Who will take care of us? You know as well as I do some of the men around here are nothing but a bunch of scoundrels. Mark my words, Odysseus. The second you're gone, they'll swarm in here like bees around honey. They'll take over the place. I won't be able to do a thing to stop them. — Tamara Agha-Jaffar

Historical Fiction Quotes By Sarah Sundin

Sonetimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. — Sarah Sundin

Historical Fiction Quotes By Scarlett Dunn

Do you plan on marrying Charles?"
She shook her head.
"Good. I wouldn't want to shoot him, but I would."
... Finding Promise — Scarlett Dunn

Historical Fiction Quotes By Lauren Willig

Amy wondered if Bonaparte could declare war on Miss Gwen alone without breaking his peace with England — Lauren Willig

Historical Fiction Quotes By Erica Sehyun Song

The stars twinkled high above and reflected onto the cold window. I blew on the frosty glass and watched my breath fog up. I traced my initials across the cold glass, the condensation trickling down the pane. — Erica Sehyun Song

Historical Fiction Quotes By Susan Choi

It's still funny for me to think of myself as someone who writes historical fiction because it seems like a really fusty, musty term, and yet it clearly applies. — Susan Choi

Historical Fiction Quotes By George R R Martin

Historical fiction is not history. You're blending real events and actual historical personages with characters of your own creation. — George R R Martin

Historical Fiction Quotes By Samuel Snoek-Brown

Dead man shouldn't have no fears. Makes his passing easier. — Samuel Snoek-Brown

Historical Fiction Quotes By Susan Wiggs

Even the most egregious captive state, bound and gagged on her damp bunk, felt eerily familiar to her. With nothing to do but lie there and think of things, she reflected that captivity took many different forms. A woman under the domination of her father or husband was as much a prisoner as a hostage on a boat. She had merely traded one form of servitude for another. — Susan Wiggs

Historical Fiction Quotes By PanOrpheus

The prophecy has come true! You put the sea salt in the soup...You are the one! — PanOrpheus

Historical Fiction Quotes By Marti Melville

The characters tell their story - I am merely the tool used to record it — Marti Melville

Historical Fiction Quotes By Orna Ross

In ancient Ireland the soul had but to stretch out its arms to fill them with beauty. Now all manner of ugliness besets the world. — Orna Ross