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22 Quotes from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Born on July 27, 1973, Judith Rumelt, better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare, is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller.

Today we feature 22 quotes from her popular series:

 

On the power of words:

On the power of words:
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"One must always be careful of books ... and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." -from Clockwork Angel

 

On being different:

"You're an artist ... that means you see the world in ways that other people don't. It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy--just different. There's nothing wrong with being different." -from City of Bones

 

On life:

"There is more to life than not dying." -from Clockwork Angel

 

On love:

"Love isn't moral or immoral ... It just is." -from City of Lost Souls

 

On relationships:

"One must preserve some mystery in one's relationship.... A book that one has not read yet is always more exciting than a book one has memorized." -from City of Lost Souls

 

On our true self:

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"Whatever you are physically ... male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy - all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame." -from Clockwork Angel

"Certainly it would be wonderful if we all knew exactly who we were. But that knowledge doesn't come from outside, but from inside." -from Clockwork Angel

"People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but it's the way you live your life that matters." -from City of Glass

 

On pain:

"Pain is only what you allow it to be." -from City of Ashes

 

On broken hearts:

"Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before." -from City of Fallen Angels

 

On loss:

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"We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss." from City of Heavenly Fire

 

On the past:

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." -from City of Lost Souls

 

On learning from your mistakes:

"You can't forget the things you did in the past, or you'll never learn from them." -from City of Fallen Angels

"If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do ... you will never learn from your mistakes." -from City of Bones

"Sometimes you must lose everything to gain it again, and the regaining is the sweeter for the pain of loss." -from City of Heavenly Fire

 

On truth:

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"If you can't tell the truth to the people you care about the most, eventually you stop being able to tell the truth to yourself." -from City of Ashes

"Not everything that's true needs to be said." from City of Bones

 

On lies:

"Lies and secrets ... they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind." -from Clockwork Prince

"Best lies are based on the truth, at least in part." -from Clockwork Angel

 

On sarcasm:

"Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt." -from City of Bones

 

On true patriotism:

"A man doesn't have to agree with his government to be a patriot, does he? It takes a true patriot to dissent, to say he loves his country more than he cares for his own place in the social order." -from City of Ashes

"Is loyalty still a commendable quality when it is misdirected?" -from Clockwork Princess

 

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