Favorite Quotes: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It’s been a very long time since I made one of these posts, though there has been no shortage of contenders. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was one of my absolute favorite books of 2020, and I recently got a physical copy and the sudden urge to reread it. What can I say, other than that this book is good for my soul?

This time around I thoroughly annotated it, and I have a large list of quotes to share with you today! Note that this will include SPOILERS for this book, though I refrained from putting anything major. *

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“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone must die.”

“This time of the year, I live and breathe the beach. (…) I have forgotten what it is like to be warm and what a full night’s sleep feels like and what my name sounds like spoken instead of shouted across lengths of sand. I am so, so alive.”

“These are not ordinary horses. Drape them with charms, hide them from the sea, but today, on the beach: Do not turn your back.”

“They are beautiful and deadly, loving us and hating us.”

“I keep waiting for something bad to happen to her, because I love her too much.”

“The truth is until you know any different, the island is enough. Actually, I know different. And it’s still enough.”

“I am dreaming of the sea when they wake me.”

“I trust Corr more than any of them. I should not trust him at all.”

“There are moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and it’s not often they turn out to be the same moments.”

“I’m not sure, after all this time, if it’s because he understands me better than they do, or merely because I understand them better than them.”

“ ‘And not everyone belongs to this island. I can tell you do, don’t you?’ / ‘I’d never leave,’ I say fervently. ‘It – it’s like my heart or something.’ ” (…) “It’s beautiful in the sort of way that you never get used to.”

“I don’t want to admire them, to admit that the two of them together are something altogether different than I’ve ever seen, but I can’t help it.”

“I’m not unhappy. Happiness isn’t something this island yields easily; the ground is too rocky, and the sun too sparse for it to flourish.”

“I can’t remember when I’ve been that brave, and it shames me. The truth is, I feel myself being fascinated and repelled by her: she’s both a mirror of myself and a door to a part of this island that I’m not. It is like when the mare goddess looked into my eye; I felt that there was a part of myself that I didn’t know.”

“This is home and everywhere else isn’t.”

“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.”

“I wonder if, when I talk about Dove, people can har how much I love her the way that I can hear his fondness for Corr in his voice. It’s hard for me to imagine loving a monster, though, no matter how beautiful he is.”

“It’s easy to convince men to love you, Puck. All you have to do is be a mountain they have to climb or a poem they don’t understand. Something that makes them feel strong or clever. It’s why they love the ocean.” “I’m not sure that is why Sean Kendrick loves the ocean.”

“This island is a cunning and secretive thing. I can’t say what is has planned for me.”

“The ocean will not shift me and the cold will not take me. (…) I try to make the inside of me as still as the outside.”

“I try to put a finger on how it is that Sean Kendrick seems so different to other people, what it is about him that makes him seem so intense and still at the same time, and I think, finally, that it’s something about hesitation. Most people hesitate between steps or pause or somehow uneven about the process. Whether that process is wrapping a leg or eating a sandwich or just living life. But with Sean, there’s never a move he’s not sure of, even if it means not moving at all.”

“I don’t trust the ocean, either; it would kill me as soon as not. It doesn’t mean I’m afraid of it.”

“I think that’s the mercy of this island, actually, that it won’t give us our terrible memories for long, but lets us keep the good ones, for as long as we want them.”

“I say ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’ Now he looks at me. He says, very softly. ‘It’s late for that, Puck.’ ”

“I’m so full of an unnamed wanting that I can’t bear it.”

4 thoughts on “Favorite Quotes: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. This is one of my favorite books by Maggie Stiefvater. I recently re-read it and I think now that I’m a bit older the story resonated more with me. I loved the slowly developing relationship between Sean and Puck. Of the quotes you picked this was my personal favorite : “I say ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’ Now he looks at me. He says, very softly. ‘It’s late for that, Puck.’ ”

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