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It should be noted that since this is a quotes page, it does contain spoilers for all the books, up to Merrick. I would advise not looking at quotes from books you haven't read. That's why the source of each quote is provided to the side column. There are sections for Louis, Lestat, Armand, Misc., and Anne Rice so far. Contributions can be e-mailed to If you know the source of one of the quotes labeled "US" (Unknown Source), feel free to drop me a line and let me know.


"I don't like myself, you know. I love myself, of course. I'm devoted to myself till my dying day. But I don't like myself."

"You're being morbid!" - to Louis, who won't feed out of guilt IwtV
"Do what it is in your nature to do." IwtV
"Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are none so like him ourselves." IwtV
"Old truths and ancient magic, revolution and invention, all conspire to distract us from the passion that in one way or another defeats us all." TVL
"I have never in my whole existance seen the laws of nature broken, and I have always called it the savage garden. The butterfly snared in the spider's web - the wildebeast lying on the velt as the lions come to lap the blood from the wound in it's throat." TVL
"Good and evil, those are concepts man has made. And man is better, really, than the Savage Garden." TVL
"You make life when you play. You create something from nothing. You make something good happen. And that is blessed to me." - to Nicki TVL
"Hell is hatred, people living together in enternal hatred. We're not in Hell." TVL
"They never satisfy you, the ones you make. In silence the estrangement and the resentment only grow." TVL
"None of us really changes over time; we only become more fully what we are." QotD
"I can't help being a gorgeous fiend, it's just the card I drew." QotD
"It was haunted. But real hauntings have nothing to do with ghosts finally; they have to do with the menace of memory..." QotD
"I'm a perfect devil. Tell me how bad I am. It makes me feel so good!" QotD
"When a women is strong she is completely unpredictable." QotD
"Sometimes I become spellbound in the middle of Wal-Mart." TotBT
"So we reach into the raging chaos and we pluck some small glittering thing, and we cling to it, and tell ourselves it has meaning, and that the world is good, and we are not evil." TotBT
"Maybe that was the best part, the discovery. And that I no longer entertain a deception. That I know now I truly love being the little devil that I am." TotBT
"I swear to God I don't tell lies to others. But I lie to myself." TotBT
"Keep your vigil, little candle, through darkness and sunshine. Yes, for me." TotBT
"Judge me not for my stupidity." TotBT
"A perfect world or a world destroyed, one or the other- someday will come the end of hell." MtD
"I am the Vampire Lestat. This is what I saw. This is what I heard . This is what I know! This is all I know. Believe in me, in my words, in what I have said and what has been written down. I am here, still, the hero of my own dreams." MtD
"My greatest sin has always been that I have a wonderful time being myself." US
"I didn't begin it. I didn't make the world. It was always there, this evil. It was in the shadows and it caught me, and made me part of it. I didn't make evil. I didn't make myself." US
"...when love is reached through has a power it can never gain through innocence." US
"I don't believe in anything. And that makes me stronger than you think." US


"I had seen my becoming a vampire in two lights: The first light was simply enchantment... But the other light was my wish for self-destruction." IwtV
"I never knew what life was until it ran out in a red gush over my lips, my hands!" IwtV
"I wanted to be where there was nothing familiar to me. And nothing mattered. And that's the end of it. There's nothing else." - upon finishing his story, to Daniel Molloy IwtV
"I wanted love and goodness in this which is living death... It was impossible from the beginning, because you cannot have love and goodness when you do what you know to be evil, what you know to be wrong." IwtV
"You lack the courage of your convictions, sir. Do it." IwtV
"Do you hear what I'm saying? You haven't learned anything, have you? You're more incorrigible than you were before." - to Lestat QotD
"You're a perfect devil, Lestat. That's what you are! You are the devil himself!" QotD
"You weren't human when you were alive! You were born a monster, and you know it. How the Hell can you delude yourself like this!" - to Lestat TotBT
"Good God...what have you done now?" TotBT
"Nothing can ever absolve me." Merrick


"We must be beautiful, deadly and without regret." IwtV
"I have never seen a vision or learned a secret that would damn or save my soul." - to Louis, upon being asked about the reality of God and Satan IwtV
"You want to know the key difference? There is a horrifying loneliness at work in this time." - to Daniel, when asked how this time is different than previous eras. QotD
"Imagine straining forever for the lost clarity of the living." QotD
"You think I live in the past. You don't understand that I actually change with every era, I always have as best I can." MtD
"Because I show you my pain, I do not of necessity love you." - to David, is writing Armand's story TVA
"There is no good that is founded in suffering and cruelty; out of beauty everywhere." TVA
"I wanted his blood. I wanted to drink it." - about Lestat's blood, which may contain the blood of Christ TVA
"Then in a moment I doubted myself. The long corridors of history wound back and away from me, and I saw myself plunged into darkness, carrying a single candle, searching for the ikons I had painted." TVA
"Night is the realm of Darkness, for in it we shall find eternal light." TVA

Other Characters

Pandora "Christ was never my god." - to Armand, who says Lestat may have drunk the blood of "God" TVA
Marius "A singer can shatter a glass with the proper high note...but the simplest way for anyone to break a glass is simply to drop it on the floor." TVL
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"They'll never get Lestat. No way, man. You can't kill the Vampire Lestat, that is flat out impossible." QotD
Akasha "What is the primary use of men, if it is not to protect women from other men?" QotD
"That's our damnation, our moral improvement has reached its finish, and our intellect grows by leaps and bounds." MtD

Anne Rice

"I want to say I appreciate your appreciating [Lestat's] mistake making, but remember the adage of Benjamin Franklin that only a fool learns by his own mistakes. We have to learn by others' mistakes, so we must learn by Lestat's mistakes so we don't make them ourselves." US
"Lestat is a monser. I love him, but he is a monster." MSN
"Believe in yourself completely and totally. In your own taste, standards and desires." MSN
"It was the poetry of darkness, and she loved it." Exit

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