Laurell K. Hamilton quotes

  • Remember your personal demons should be afraid of you, because you are their home, their food, and as you heal, their executioner.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Home #Remember #Demon

  • My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you've been mean to someone, they won't believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it's time to stop being nice, then destroy them.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Life #Father #Nice

  • The best lies are always at least partially true.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying

  • There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Wisdom #Jobs #People

  • There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Sad #Depression #Pain

  • Before I knew you, I thought brave was not being afraid. You've taught me that bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Courage #Bravery #Taught

  • Men don't settle down because of the right woman. They settle down because they are finally ready for it. Whatever woman they're dating when they get ready is the one they settle down with, not necessarily the best one or the prettiest, just the one who happened to be on hand when the time got to be right. Unromantic, but still true.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Inspirational #Marriage #Men

  • Only love of a good woman will make a man question every choice, every action. Only love makes a warrior hesitate for fear that his lady will find him cruel. Only love makes a man both the best he will ever be, and the weakest. Sometimes all in the same moment. -Wicked
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #True Love #Warrior #Men

  • A girl could never have too much jewelry or too much weaponry.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Girl #Too Much #Jewelry

  • There are a thousand ways to hurt someone you love that have nothing to do with physical violence.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Hurt #Someone You Love #Way

  • People are supposed to fear the unknown, but ignorance is bliss when knowledge is so damn frightening.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Ignorance #People #Bliss

  • I sipped my own coffee, heavy on the sugar and cream, trying to make up for the late work the night before. Caffeine and sugar, the two basic food groups.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Coffee #Night #Two

  • Zebrowski says that if you killed someone else just hide the body, he's not starting over on the paperwork.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Starting Over #Body #Blake

  • Love is too precious to be ashamed of.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Love Is #Romance #Ashamed

  • Maybe they know what I know, that the true way to a man's heart is six inches of metal between his ribs. Sometimes four inches will do the job, but to be really sure, I like to have six.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Jobs #Heart #Men

  • Rafael, the Rat King, stared at the carnage with black-button eyes. "She is dead." "Ding dong, the witch is dead,
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Kings #Eye #Black

  • Feelings are never stupid, they just make us feel stupid sometimes.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Stupid #Feelings #Sometimes

  • If you're open to it, New Orleans will teach you about yourself, but if you want to hide from who you really are, the city will help you do that, too.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #New Orleans #Cities #Want

  • I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Believe #Writing #Hobbies

  • Here's the secret to finishing that first book. Don't rewrite as you go.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Book #Writing #Secret

  • I'd never met coffee that wasn't wonderful. It was just a matter of how wonderful it was.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Coffee #Matter #Wonderful

  • You take insult where none is intended, but if you will find insult where none is meant, then perhaps I should try harder to insult on purpose.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Trying #Purpose #Insult

  • I cannot say how strongly I object to people using other people's writing as research. Research is non-fiction, especially for horror, fantasy, science fiction. Do not take your research from other people's fiction. Just don't.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Writing #People #Literature

  • Friends don't count the cost of favors.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Cost #Favors

  • I feel that if you are blessed, or lucky enough, to be doing well, you should help others.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Blessed #Helping Others #Lucky

  • When in doubt, ignore and be horribly unimpressed
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Doubt

  • My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Writing #Sensual #Style

  • I used to think I knew what was right and what was wrong, and who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are. Then the world got very gray, and I didn't know anything for a long time
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Thinking #Long #Guy

  • Being a successful couple was learning what you were willing to compromise on, and what you weren't; learning when to stand your ground, and when to give it up; what was truly important enough to fight over, and what was just you being pissy. You learned each other's hot buttons, the places that hurt, or angered, when you pressed them. Love makes you learn where all the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them, or how to set them off.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Hurt #Couple #Successful

  • Some days you go bear hunting and you get eaten. Some days you come home with a nice rug to roll around on, and bear steaks. What they don't tell you as a kid is that sometimes you get the rug and steaks, but you also get some nice scars to go with them. As a child you don't understand that you can win, but that's it's not always worth the price. Once you understand and accept that possibility you become a real grown up, and the world becomes a much more serious place. Not less fun, but once you realize what can go wrong, it's a lot scarier to go hunting "bears".
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Fun #Children #Real

  • Giving up something that no longer serves a purpose, or protects you, or helps you, isn’t giving up at all, it’s growing up.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Giving Up #Growing Up #Purpose

  • I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face,I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, Meredith, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Romantic #Lost Love #Love You

  • A little boy who's discovered the monster under the bed is actually real, and it's screwing Mommy.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Real #Boys #Bed

  • I try to be a good cop. I try to be a good little soldier and follow orders up to a point. But in the end I’m not really a cop, or a soldier. I am a legally sanctioned murderer. I am the Executioner.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Order #Soldier #Trying

  • No name-calling truly bites deep unless, in some dark part of us, we believe it. If we are confident enough then it is just noise.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Believe #Dark #Names

  • The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Honesty #Enemy #May

  • I enjoy my anger, it’s the only hobby I have.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Anger #Hobbies #Enjoy

  • I loved him, but love isn't enough. All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they're all lies. Love does not conquer all.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying #Romance #Soap

  • That disapproving look was back in her eyes. Her teacher face. The one that could make you squirm from ten paces, even if you were innocent. And I hadn't been innocent for years.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Teacher #Eye #Years

  • Never trust people who smile constantly. They're either selling something or not very bright.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Funny #Smile #Trust

  • Can the sarcasm,' he said. 'Please, I always use fresh sarcasm, never canned.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Sarcasm #Use #Said

  • Some issues stay fresh every time you open them up. It's like evil magical Tupperware -- it stays fresh forever.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Issues #Evil #Forever

  • You can't save everybody. In fact, there are days when I think you can't save anyone. Each person has to save himself first, then you can move in and help. I have found this philosophy does not work during a gun battle, or a knife fight either. Outside of that it works just fine.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Philosophy #Moving #Fighting

  • Hope will lie to you, but lust is what it is; it never lies.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying #Lust #Never Lie

  • Twenty-three stories up and all I could see out the windows was grey smog. They could call it the City of the Angels if they wanted to, but if there were angels out there, they had to be flying blind.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Angel #Cities #Flying

  • Because all bad little vampires see me in the end
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Vampire #Littles #Ends

  • I could have just said I'm good at my job, but I didn't. Didn't want the police thinking I was holding out information when I wasn't. "I've got one advantage over a normal homicide detective, I expect it to be a monster. No one ever calls me in if it's just a stabbing, or a hit-and-run. I don't spend a lot of time trying to come up with nice, normal explanations. It means I get to ignore a lot of theories.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Running #Jobs #Nice

  • I don't want him hurt because he got out of hand with me." "Yet you would have shot him." I shrugged. "I never said I was consistent, just serious.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Hurt #Hands #Serious

  • The Catholic Church sees voluntary vampirism as a kind of suicide. I tend to agree. Though the Pope also excommunicated all animators, unless we ceased raising the dead. Fine; I became Episcopalian.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Suicide #Catholic #Church

  • Richard was a riddle with no answer, and I was tired of playing a game I couldn't win.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Tired #Winning #Games

  • It's better to be loved than feared, but if you can't be loved, then fear will do.-Dino quoting Machiavelli
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Fear #Dark Humor #Quoting

  • Zerbrowski said, "Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try." It took me a second to realize that he had just quoted Star Wars to me. It made me smile, and in that moment I loved him, just for that.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Stars #War #Trying

  • ll K Hamilton Some days the lion eats you, but some times you shove your arm down it's throat and pull it's visera out through it's mouth and kill it. Of course, sometimes it bites your arm off, and then eats you, but you tried, that's what counts. Some days it's not about winning, but about fighting. If you don't try, the lion will most definetely eat you. But sometimes when you put your all into something, and don't give up even when the odds are so against you, you surprise the lion and yourself, and you win.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Giving Up #Fighting

  • Worry about the things you can control; the rest will either work themselves out, or they'll kill you. Either way, no more worries.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Worry #Way

  • There are only two kinds of vampire hunters: good ones and dead ones.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Two #Vampire #Hunters

  • Because everything worth having hurts.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Hurt

  • That was the true terror of love, that you could love with your whole heart, your whole soul, and lose both
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Heart #Soul #Terror

  • If they cheat, can I shoot them?
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Cheat

  • You lie like butter wouldn't melt in your mouth, Edward." He smiled. "I don't lie to you." "Really," I said. The smile became a grin. "Okay, not most of the time, anymore." His face sobered. "I'm not lying now.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying #Mouths #Faces

  • He gave a small nod, and I smiled back, and that was it. He understood that I'd understood that he'd understood. It took us one sentence, two looks, and a nod - with another woman it would have been at least five minutes of out-loud talking. Lucky for me I spoke fluent guy.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Talking #Two #Guy

  • I'd made sure I knew his name. You shouldn't ask people to die for you if you don't at least know their name.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Names #People #Made

  • I kissed him on the cheek and left to find Bobby Lee. Him, I trusted to be in the line of fire. But it was more than that: I wasn't sleeping with bobby Lee. I didn't love him. Sometimes love makes you selfish. Sometimes it makes you stupid. Sometimes it reminds you why you love your gun.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Stupid #Selfish #Sleep

  • Why is it that most things you might willingly do under other circumstances become distasteful when you have no choice?
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Choices #Might #Circumstances

  • Therapy can get you only so far with exorcising your childhood nightmares; after that it's willpower, and you, and people you can trust to hold your hand along the way.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Hands #People #Childhood

  • I'm not afraid of heights, but the idea of falling from them, well, that I'm afraid of.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Fall #Ideas #Height

  • I hate being awake at three in the morning. It is the godforsaken heart of darkness when the body runs slow, and the brain runs slower, and all you want to do is sleep. But I had promises to keep, and miles to go before I could sleep. Or at least a couple of miracles to perform before I could go to bed.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Running #Morning #Couple

  • His parting shot to me had been, "I don't want to love someone who is more at home with the monsters than I am." What do you say to that? What can you say? Damned if I know. They say love conquers everything. They lie.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying #Home #Monsters

  • He will not let you come barging in to his world like the proverbial bull in the china shop.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Bulls #World #China

  • Confidence is a fine trait. Over-confidence isn't.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Confidence #Fine #Over Confidence

  • Lust has less logic than love, sometimes, but it's easier to fight.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Fighting #Lust #Logic

  • I hated missing the end of anything. I was always convinced that the bit I'd miss would be the best part.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Missing #Would Be #Being The Best

  • Human lives are too short to waste in trivialities.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Waste #Too Short #Triviality

  • I’d have much rather gotten dragged into someone else’s fight than face what was waiting for me. Other people’s emotional pain, no matter how painful, is so much less painful than your own.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Pain #Fighting #Emotional

  • -Please, Anita, go home, and don’t freak. Just go home, and be happy. Be happy, and let everyone around you be happy. Is that so hard? When Jason said it like that, it didn’t seem hard. In fact, it seemed to make a lot of sense, but inside, it felt hard. Inside it felt like the hardest thing in the world. To just let go, and not pick everything to death. To just let go and enjoy what you had. To just let go and not make everybody around you miserable with your own internal dialogue. To just let go and be happy. So simple. So difficult. So terrifying.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Letting Go #Home #Simple

  • I wanted to say something brilliant. My God, Holmes, how did you know the zombie was hiding in the flower pot? But I couldn't lie.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Lying #Flower #Zombie

  • Your heart is not a wound to be poked at to see if the scab is ready to come off. You can be healed of that very old pain, if you’ll just let it happen. (Marianne)
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Pain #Heart #Scabs

  • Give a truly good person power, and they’re still a good person. Give a bad person power, and they’re still a bad person. The question is always about the person in between. The one that isn’t evil, or good, but just ordinary. You don’t always know what an ordinary person is like on the inside.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Evil #Giving #Ordinary

  • When you spend all your time worrying that the devil is right behind you, eventually you start seeing him whether he's there or not.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Worry #Devil #Behind You

  • Important safety tip - never look a vampire in the eye.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Eye #Safety #Vampire

  • Larry had brought me blue jeans, a red polo shirt, jogging socks, my white Nikes, an extra cross from my suitcase, the silver knives, the Firestar complete with inner pants holster, and the Browning and its shoulder holster. He'd forgotten a bra, but hey, except for that it was perfect.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Nike #Blue #Knives

  • If you have a choice between extra makeup or extra weapons always take the weapons. Just the fact that you're debating between those two choices proves that you're going to need the weapons more.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Makeup #Two #Choices

  • Silk didn't care if it slid over scars or smooth, untouched skin. I'd earned my right to be paranoid.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Skins #Care #Scar

  • What do you do when you know you are breaking someone's heart, but to do anything else would break your own?
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Heart #Break

  • Since you won't give me your names I'll call you Thing One and Thing Two.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Names #Two #Giving

  • You're up to something," I said. He turned, eyes wide, long fingers pressed to his heart. "Moi?" "Yeah, you,
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Heart #Eye #Long

  • There was a time when you would have taken my heart with stake or gun. Now you have taken it with these delicate hands and the scent of your body." - Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Taken #Heart #Gun

  • I have lived for over three hundred years. In that time, the ideal of beauty has changed many times. Large breasts, small, thin, curved, tall, short, they have all been the height of beauty at one time or another. But in all that time, ma petite, I have never desired anyone the way I desire you." - Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Years #Desire #Height

  • He ordered food with a childlike glee and watched me eat, tasting it as I did. In private he'd roll on his back like a cat, hands pressed to his mouth as if trying to drain every taste. It was the only thing he did that was cute. He was gorgeous, sensual, but rarely cute. - Anita Blake about Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Cute #Cat #Hands

  • Nothing is certain, ma petite, not even death." - Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Certain

  • If I wasn't dead already, I'd said I was having a heart attack.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Heart #Said #Heart Attack

  • Oui , but if all the men in your life are happy, you are happier, and it makes my life easier." - Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Men #Easier

  • In chains and darkness, wherefore should I stay, And mourn in prison, while I keep the key.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Keys #Darkness #Prison

  • That was the problem with loving people: it made you weak. It made you need them. It made the thought of not having them the worst thing in the world.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #People #Needs #World

  • I should not have to flirt with someone while I'm trying to threaten someone else with a gun; it was too hard to do both.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Gun #Flirting #Trying

  • It all adds up; never discount your efforts, because small efforts build big things. One word doesn't make a novel, but one word does begin a novel, and from that small beginning everything else follows. Even if it's just 'The', write something on that blank page.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Writing #Effort #Pages

  • He laughed, and it raised goose-bumps on my arms. "Oh,ma petite ,ma petite , you are precious." Just what I wanted to hear. "So how are you getting here?" "My private jet." Of course, he had a private jet. "When can you be here?" "I will be there as soon as I can, my impatient flower." "I prefer ma petite to flower.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Flower #Arms #Bumps

  • No 'Good evening, Jean-Claude, how are you doing?' Just down to business. How terribly rude,ma petite ." - Jean-Claude
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Rude #Evening #Good Evening

  • He's no more human than I am, ma petite." At least I'm not dead." That can be remedied.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Humans

  • So many of us had been armed that there were holsters and weapons scattered among the passed-out bodies like mercenary prizes in a fleshy Cracker Jack box.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Body #Weapons #Crackers

  • It feels like we're in a Harry Potter book talking about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
    -- Laurell K. Hamilton

    #Book #Talking #Potters