Darren Shan quote

"Better to die for my people in my own land than rule in another and suffer a lifetime of cowardly guilt."

Darren Shan

Born: July 2, 1972

Occupation: Author

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Darren Shan

The demons were scary, but girls - Well, girls are really terrifying

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Darren Shan

... please Lady... Do not speak of it. I was young and foolish." "You most certainly were." "You are cruel, Evanna.

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Darren Shan

Meddling, smug, stupid little..." "She likes me! They always play hard to get when they like me!" "No. You do not understand. I could not have done it because I can not read or write.

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Darren Shan

Quick! Head for the ground floor! We have to get out! We will die if we stay! The vampires are here!" "Haven't you got a hug for me, Larten, old buddy?

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Darren Shan

No, thats not how it happened... Mr crepsley dropped. He was impaled on the stakes. He died. And it was awful... His cries as he writhed there, bleeding and dying, burning and screaming, will stay with...

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Darren Shan

For an hour or more he was neither human nor vampire, just a howling, hungry creature of dark delights.

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Darren Shan

If he turned his back on humanity now, it would be forever.

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Darren Shan

It's a bit like the feeling I get when I'm standing on a cliff or high building, looking down at a suicidal drop. I start thinking about what would happen if I stepped off, the rush of the fall, the shattering...

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Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak' is the best vampire series ever.

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Darren Shan

When he faced me again, he looked ashamed of himself. "I have gravely underestimated you, Darren," he said. "I will not do so again. I made a wiser choice than I realized when I chose you to serve as my...

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Darren Shan

Yes?" she asked, eyeing me guardedly. I struck out a hand and said "Shake." Arra stared at the hand, then into my unfocused eyes. "One good fight doesn't make you a warrior," she said. "Shake!" I repeated...

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Darren Shan

Confidence has brought them out into the light, but they seem to have forgotten - light's no good for creatures of the night.

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Darren Shan

That’s what you taught me - we don’t have to accept destiny or Des Tiny. We can create our own future, all of us. We have the power to rule our lives - we just have to make the choice to use it.

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Darren Shan

Life is a challenge" he once told me, "and only those who rise to the challenge truly know what it means to live.

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Darren Shan

I mean, seriously, what lady of taste could resist a shiny green head of hair like mine?

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Darren Shan

There are a lot of black-hearted, mean-spirited bastards in the world. It's important that we hold them to acount. But always remember that you might be the most black-hearted and mean-spirited in the...

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Darren Shan

A world without pain, loss, betrayal, hate, death, loneliness? Impossible!

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Darren Shan

We all make basic assumptions about things in life, but sometimes those assumptions are WRONG. We must never trust in what we assume, only in what we KNOW.

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Darren Shan

Lovely Arra Sails, nectar to all males, how I'd like to spear you like a whaler spears a whale!

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Darren Shan

Humans elect leaders on the basis of the promises they make. We [vampires] try to elect ours based solely on the strength of their character.

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Darren Shan

When it comes to impending, unavoidable extinction, ignorance is bliss.

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Darren Shan

Power always impresses the young and foolish.

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Darren Shan

Destiny's what you make of it. You have to face whatever life throws at you.

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Darren Shan

If this were a made-up story, it would begin at night, with a storm blowing and owls hooting and rattling noises under the bed.

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Darren Shan

The pair smiled desperately at one another. And for the first time ever, despite the fact that everyone he knew - even the gods themselves - would condemn him for it, Jebel didn't think of Tel Hesani as...

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Darren Shan

I gulped, then stepped over the threshold into the house where I'd lived as a boy. After eighteen long years of wandering, I had finally come home.

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Darren Shan

I don't think anyone ever remembers what they were really like as kids. Adults think they do, but they don't. Photos and videos don't capture the real you, or bring back to life the person you used to...

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Darren Shan

Better not to start down a wrong path at all than head down it in the hope of making a detour when something better came along.

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Darren Shan

Wars raged everywhere as men found new, inventive ways to kill even more of their race. It was like a contest, the many tribes of mankind competing to see who could commit the worst atrocities.

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Darren Shan

One of the things is that in times of severe disorder, you can't worry about the dead, only the living.

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Darren Shan

I'm starting to understand that fear is like cancer - you can beat it back, but if it returns, it can be worse than ever.

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Darren Shan

I'd like to do something to help the worst afflicted, but I can't. It's not possible to save everybody. Even heroes have their all-too-human limits.

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Darren Shan

Man wasn't made to share the universe with gods. Their ways are not meant for the humble likes of us. But we've decoded some of their secrets regardless. Like worms, we've grabbed on to the talons of eagles...

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Darren Shan

I always knew there was power in the earth, but it must be much stronger than I imagined to resist such a relentless foe, day after day, night after night, year after year.

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Darren Shan

So easy to take it for granted, but this is something no normal human was made to see. The world of magic has blessed me with wonders and it's only right to stop every now and then to appreciate it.

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Darren Shan

Better to die for my people in my own land than rule in another and suffer a lifetime of cowardly guilt.

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Darren Shan

But in life we don't usually get to choose the time of our defining moments. We just have to stand and face them when they come, no matter what sort of a state we're in.

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Darren Shan

You didn't want to die. Most mortals don't, even if they find themselves in as desolate and soul-destroying a spot as you. Almost all of those who take their own lives wish at the last moment that they...

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Darren Shan

Maybe you're going insane." "Maybe," agreed Kernel. "I was joking." "I wasn't.

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Darren Shan

But I also slaughtered you real mother and father. In a moment of mad rage, I took their lives and left you an orphan. If you choose to take my life as a payment for theirs, you will be within your rights...

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Darren Shan

Throw up whatever's making you sick, Darren," he said, "then get your behind back in here.

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Darren Shan

Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers...

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Darren Shan

Real life's nasty. It's cruel. It doesn't care about heroes and happy endings and the way things should be. In real life, bad things happen. People die. Fights are lost. Evil often wins.

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Darren Shan

...The pain didn't bother me. In fact, I welcome it: It meant I was alive.

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Darren Shan

If I'd known how wrong I was - if I'd had any idea of the awful night that lay ahead - I'd have run after him and never returned to that disgusting circus of blood, that revolting circus of death.

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Darren Shan

Underneath me, Sam Grest - who'd been my friend and saved my life - lay perfectly still and slipped further and further into the final sleep of an unfair and horrible death.

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Darren Shan

For a long time that's all I could do, howl and scream and cry like the wild animal of the night that I'd become.

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Darren Shan

I don't like it, but my hands are tied. I just want you to know this: if I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I'll take it. You'll never be able to trust...

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Darren Shan

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." - Harkat Mulds (Hunters of the Dusk)

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Darren Shan

The hands of Fate keep time on a heart-shaped watch." - Harkat Mulds(The Trials of Death)

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Darren Shan

Indecision is the source of chaos." - Paris Skyle(Allies of the Night)

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Darren Shan

If he comes in the dark, then it's KYAG Time!" - Harkat Mulds (The Lake of Souls)

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Darren Shan

It is too easy to say 'what if' and paint a picture of a perfect world.

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Darren Shan

But the universe isn't fair. Things don't work out neatly, pain, hardship and challenges divided equally among those best equipped to deal with them. Sometimes individuals have to be Atlases and carry...

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Darren Shan

but you were a fool to bring that pider into this house

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Darren Shan

You stole from a member of the undead

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Darren Shan

I sucked blood from one of my best friends

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Darren Shan

Even in death may you triumphant

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Darren Shan

You can't hang around waiting for somebody else to pull your strings. Destiny's what you make of it. You have to face whatever life throws at you. And if it throws more than you'd like, more than you think...

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Darren Shan

You should take more pride in your appearance,” I tell him. “You'll never attract girls with an ugly mug like that.

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Darren Shan

But I don't think Art's an Einstein - he likes tugging ears, biting people and burping too much to be a genius.

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Darren Shan

I might have to drink the blood of animals to stay alive, but I would never feast on one of my own kind, no matter what Mr.Crepsley said, or hows much my belly growled.

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Darren Shan

Look at me!" I roar. "Do you think you'll be the first I've killed today? I wasn't a murderer, but you changed me. I'm a monster now. And I'm hungry." "Meera!" Anotoine whines. "Prae! Please, I beg you....

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Darren Shan

Maybe we should wait....wait for him to kill another five or six, huh?

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Darren Shan

Destiny is a tower of cards - nudge one just an inch and everything stacked on top comes crashing down. P116

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Darren Shan

But you're like me,” he says. “An outsider. Different. A freak. We're both weird, which is why we get along.

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Darren Shan

Now sod off back to your own world, you motherless scum, and save your threats for those who care.

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Darren Shan

Stick it up your crack, you warped son of a mutant b*tch!

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Darren Shan

They forget that the vampaneze were once our brothers, that by destroying them, we destroy a part of ourselves. Most vampire never realize how pointless and savage war truly is. You were smart enough to...

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Darren Shan

She was a beautiful woman." Gavner sighed, tracing the outline of one of the elephants. "She just had very bad taste in underwear …" "And in boyfriends," I added impishly. Mr. Crepsley burst into laughter...

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Darren Shan

The world won't end with a bang or a whimper. It'll end with the death screams of a thousand demons and a defiant, carefree, savage, wolfen howl.

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Darren Shan

To be a druid is to embrace death, dance with it a while, and finally fall prey to it. That is why we'll never rule this world. We have the power to bend all men to our whim, but are forever pushing ourselves...

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Darren Shan

No. You know this is wrong and you want to feel better about it. You don't want to admit your as ruthless and monstrous as the demons you claim to hate.

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Darren Shan

A world of "if"s, but it would make no difference. If I could go back in time... but I couldn't. The past was behind me. The best thing now would be to stop looking over my shoulder. It was time to forget...

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Darren Shan

Of course I have nightmares-Who doesn't?

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Darren Shan

Ever hear of the phrase, Banging you're head on a brick wall?" Ah, but you forget, Darren, vampires can break brick walls with their heads.

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Darren Shan

Your spikes have gone floppy,

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Darren Shan

It is good to be taught humility when we are young. If we do not exeperience pain as children, we will cause pain as adults.

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Darren Shan

He says every story has at least some truth in it, even if most are made up.

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Darren Shan

You do not have to be alone. The world never inflicts loneliness upon us. That is something we choose or reject by ourselves.

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Darren Shan

Childhood is the purest state. The pure of heart never leave it behind. Their life merely takes them on a cirtuitous route away from, and then back to it.

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Darren Shan

I won't die. I won't give those ghouls the pleasure. I'll live and grow strong. I'll escape, then hunt them down and make them suffer.

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Darren Shan

Leave him alone!" Debbie shouted. "Shut up, please, or I'll kill you," Mr Tiny replied.

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Darren Shan

Even a minute of dying is better than an eternity of nothingness.

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Darren Shan

I know who the demon thief is - it's me!

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Darren Shan

What are you doing?" "Looking for my fangs." "We don't grow fangs you idiot!

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Darren Shan

The thing about real life is, when you do something stupid, it normally costs you.

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