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Kingdoms of Elfin

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Top 10 Best Quotes

“She was heavier than he expected - women always are.”

“Young people are careless of their virginity; one day they may have it and the next not.”

“She could never feel love for him. Love was what she felt for birds—a free gift, unrequired, unrequited, invulnerable.”

“Wealth, if not a mere flash in the pan, compels the wealthy to become wealthier.”

“Watching these happy beings for whom weeping was impossible, he had become incapable of grief; watching their inconsistencies, he had become incapable of knowing right from wrong; disregarded by them he had become incapable of disappointment.”

“He used his intellect as he used his legs: to carry him somewhere else. He studied astrology, astronomy, botany, chemistry, numerology, fortification, divination, organ building, metallurgy, medicine, perspective, the kabbala, toxicology, philosophy, and jurisprudence. He kept his interest in anatomy and did a dissection whenever he could get hold of a body. He learned Arabic, Catalan, Polish, Icelandic, Basque, Hungarian, Romany, and demotic Greek.”

“When I had exhausted our library I made several excursions—to Saint Andrew’s, to Oxford, to the German Universities—and read over the shoulders of mortal students. It was sometimes very trying not being able to turn the pages for myself, since I was a quicker reader than they; but invisibility had its drawbacks.”

“Therefore, at some point or other of Sir Glamie’s pedigree an Elfin lady must have yielded to a mortal lover, and immortality, like the pox, has run in the family ever since.”

“The fortune of his game had brought him fairies—but he had always known fairies were in the pack.”

“Sir Maugre’s erudition was so wide that whatever anyone said reminded him of something that had no bearing on it.”

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