Home >> Quotes & Sayings >>

Susanna Clarke Quotes (42 Quotes)


Find Susanna Clarke books & products @ Amazon


  • Alexander of Whitby taught that the universe is like a tapestry only parts of which are visible to us at a time. After we are dead, we will see the whole and then it will be clear to us how the different parts relate to each other.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • I mean that two of any thing is a most uncomfortable number. One may do s he pleases. Six may get along well enough. But two must always struggle for mastery. Two must always watch each other. Te eyes of all the world will be on two, uncertain which of them to follow.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • There was no one there. Which is to say there was someone there. Miss Wintertowne lay upon the bed, but it would have puzzled philosophy to say now whether she were someone or no one at all.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • All these details took but a moment to apprehend yet the impression made upon Mr. Segundus by the two ladies was unusually vivid --almost supernaturally so-- like images in a delirium. A queer shock thrilled through his whole being his senses were overwhelmed and he fainted away.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • In his madness and his blindness he was Lear and Gloucester combined.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")


  • Time and I have quarrelled. All hours are midnight now. I had a clock and a watch, but I destroyed them both. I could not bear the way they mocked me.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • And all the nursemaids and kitchen maids I ever knew when I was a child, always had a aunt, who knew a woman, whose first cousin's boy had been put into just such a box, and had never been seen again.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • It is also true that his hair had a reddish tinge and, as everybody knows, no one with red hair can ever truly be said to be handsome.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • To be more precise it was the color of heartache.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • And such a pinched-looking ruin of a thing now! I shall advice all the good-looking woman of my acquaintance not to die.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • It is curious and we magicians collect curiosities, you know.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • Unfortunately, Childermass's French was so strongly accented by his native Yorkshire that Minervois did not understand and asked Strange if Childermass was Dutch.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • Beware Stephen! There will probably be a magical combat of some sort. I daresay I shall have to take on different forms - cockatrice, raw head and bloody bones, rains of fire, etc., etc. You may wish to stand back a little!
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • It is the contention of Mr Norrell of Hanover-square that everything belonging to John Uskglass must be shaken out of modern magic, as one would shake moths and dust out of an old coat. What does he imagine he will have left? If you get rid of John Uskglass you will be left holding the empty air.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")

  • Well, Henry, you can cease frowning at me. If I am a magician, I am a very indifferent one. Other adepts summon up fairy-spirits and long-dead kings. I appear to have conjured the spirit of a banker.
    (Susanna Clarke, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell")


    Related Authors




Pg 1/3123