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Shannon Hale’s “The Goose Girl” Quotes (26 Quotes)


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  • Ah, now, don't cry over lost years and forgetfulness. The tales tell what they can. The rest is for us to learn..
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Right now I'd like all my troubles to stand in front of me in a straight line, and one by one I'd give each a black eye.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Ani felt a stirring, a hope, a winged thing waking up in her chest and brushing her heart with it's feathers.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • She answered by standing and kissing him first and held his cheeks and closed her eyes and felt sure as bones and deep as blood that she had found her place.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Ani told them all...telling more than needed telling, the stories clarifying and unifying themselves in her mind as she let them spill out of her mouth.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")


  • She closed the book and put her cheek against it. There was still an odor of a library on it, of dust, leather, binding glue, and old paper, one book carrying the smell of hundreds.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • But in a country where you hang your dead up on walls and pride whether or not a man bears a javelin more than his character, how am I to persuade you out of a war? It would be suicide for Kildenree to war on Bayern and butchery for Bayern to attack Kildenree. If you don't believe me, then send me back. Or if you don't trust me to leave, I'll return to my little room on the west wall and tend your geese, and you can be sure that on my watch no thieves will touch my flock.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • But when she turned her back to the lights, she saw that the night was so dark...She could not see the stars. The world felt as high as the depthless night sky and deeper than she could know. She understood, suddenly and keenly, that she was too small to run away, and she sat on the damp ground and cried.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Some people are born with the first word of a language resting on their tongue though it may take some time before they can taste it.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Clearly she was expected to say something, but panic at having to speak stole the thoughts from her head.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • They finished laughing and caught their breaths, and looked at each other, and Ani thought Geric looked at her too long, as though he forgot he was looking, as though he did not wish to do anything else. She looked back. Her took heart took its time quieting down.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Go on, son, you're not doing me any good by bleeding.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • We know it's all just daydreaming. In all likelihood, no one in this forest'll ever get a javelin, and I'll never see my mother's kingdom again, let alone be hailed by crowds as the jewel of Kildenree. Maybe it's vain to wish for it. But sometimes, it'd be nice just to hold something real in your hands that felt like a measure of your worth. Right Finn?
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • He looked at her, and the clarity of his dark eyes struck her heart with a sensation of a wound touched.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")


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