Notable Quotes
Browse quotes by subject | Browse quotes by author


American author (1941- )

Evil is a point of view.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire

Maybe that's what Hell is. You go mad. And all your demons come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

The worst takes its time to come, and then to pass.

ANNE RICE, Pandora

Sometimes fear is a warning. It's like someone putting a hand on your shoulder and saying Go No Farther.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Roman influence seeds itself, sprouting mighty oaks right through the modern forest of computers, digital disks, microviruses and space satellites.

ANNE RICE, Pandora

No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backward glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of ther beauty or their splendor. Rather they remain as hard as gems.

ANNE RICE, Blood and Gold

Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire

Suffering of sentient beings is like decay; it fertilizes the growth of their souls.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

You do have a story inside you; it lies articulate and waiting to be written -- behind your silence and your suffering.


Vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires ... How avant-garde!

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire

Despair was so familiar to me; it could be banished by the sight of a beautiful mannikin in the window. It could be dispelled by the spectacle of lights surrounding a tower. It could be lifted by the great ghostly shape of St. Patrick's coming into view. And then despair would come again.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

O, wicked love ... that has so many unnamed components.

ANNE RICE, Beauty's Punishment

A writer can’t know everything about what she writes. It’s impossible. You reach deep down and you bring up what feels absolutely authentic to you as you move along with the book but you don’t know everything about it. You can’t.

ANNE RICE, interview, Oct. 2, 2003

There was no point in waiting until the next world. You had to do everything now, every kind of sin.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Once I returned to the Church and began to see the universe as a place that really did incorporate redemption and really tried to understand the implications of there being a God, my identification with the vampires as outcasts, as outsiders and lost souls began to totally wane. It no longer worked for me. I had done it. It had led me to this point.

ANNE RICE, BookPage interview, Nov. 2005

This suffering, this unspeakable capacity to bleed and to know pain and to know annihilation, is what has to be overcome in this world if anyone is to reach God.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

When love is reached through suffering ... it has a power it can never gain through innocence.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Do you know what I think about crying? I think some people have to learn to do it. But once you learn, once you know how to really cry, there's nothing quite like it. I feel sorry for those who don't know the trick. It's like whistling or singing.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Who knows what the hell a government is or what the hell a government does.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Aren't we supposed to free ourselves from lies and superstition? Isn't that the obligation of intelligent beings?

ANNE RICE, The Wolves of Midwinter

The most radical thing about a conversion to God is the determination to love, to really love in His name.

ANNE RICE, The Wolves of Midwinter

We spend too much time cursing time--time waits for no man, time will tell, oh, the ravages of time, time flies! We don't think about the gift of time. Time gives us the chance to make mistakes and correct them, to regenerate, to grow. Time gives us the chance to forgive, to restore, to do better than we have ever done in the past. Time gives us the chance to be sorry when we fail and the chance to try to discover in ourselves a new heart.

ANNE RICE, The Wolves of Midwinter

Vampires always order hot drinks. They aren't going to drink them; but they can feel the warmth and smell them if they're hot, and that is so good.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

I promised that from now on I would write only for the Lord.

ANNE RICE, Newsweek, Oct. 31, 2005

I love the one who punishes me well.

ANNE RICE, Beauty's Release

I think any supernatural hero today, whether he’s a vampire, werewolf, a resuscitated mummy, whatever he is, is going to have to deal with the fact that scientists are going to want to catch him and study him. His big enemy is not going to be Dr. Van Helsing today, it’s going to be the doctor who wants to put him in a lab and get his blood for what it can do to cure disease or grant immortality.

ANNE RICE, interview, Lightspeed Magazine, Jun. 2012

The vampire is an outsider. He’s the perfect metaphor for those things. He’s someone who looks human and sounds human, but is not human, so he’s always on the margins.

ANNE RICE, interview, The Daily Beast, Nov. 23, 2011

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

ANNE RICE, The Vampire Lestat

Oh, the lies that I have told myself and others. I knew it yet I didn't know.

ANNE RICE, Blood and Gold

I think the vampire represents somebody who's transcended time and transformed himself into an immortal and becomes like a dark saint--a being with all the powers that transcend the corruptible. He represents the longing for immortality and freedom. Admitting that can be quite beautiful.

ANNE RICE, attributed, Anne Rice Reader

For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being "Christian" or to being part of Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to "belong" to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.... In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.

ANNE RICE, Facebook post, Jul. 28, 2010, reprinted in The Huffington Post, Jul. 29, 2010

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire

Beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.

ANNE RICE, The Vampire Lestat

There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world- its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles.

ANNE RICE, Servant of the Bones

They had forgotten the first lesson, that we are to be powerful, beautiful, and without regret.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire

And books, they offer one hope - that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.

ANNE RICE, Blackwood Farm


Life Quotes

Love Quotes

Death Quotes

God Quotes

Wisdom Quotes

Hope Quotes

Success Quotes

Women Quotes

Happiness Quotes

Shakespeare Quotes