All 24 chapters of my upcoming novel, The Iris of Issoria, start with a quote from the Bard. The quote is usually related to a lesson or moral that the main character, 12 year-old Anika, learns in the chapter. Sometimes the quote is related to an event such as a betrayal in the story....Ooops! Spoiler Alert! These are all 24 quotes at the start of the chapters of the novel.
Chapter 1: “It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”
Chapter 2: “I bear a charmed life.”
Chapter 3: “There is no darkness but ignorance.”
Chapter 4: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
Chapter 5: “Now I believe that there are unicorns.”
Chapter 6: “Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”
Chapter 7: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Chapter 8: “Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”
Chapter 9: “In time we hate that which we often fear.”
Chapter 10: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
Chapter 11: “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
Chapter 12: “Nothing is so common as the desire to be remarkable.”
Chapter 13: “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
Chapter 14: “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.”
Chapter 15: “Et tu, Brute?”
Chapter 16: “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”
Chapter 17: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
Chapter 18: "When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness."
Chapter 19: “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
Chapter 20: “I am not bound to please thee with my answer.”
Chapter 21: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."
Chapter 22: “The Devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape.”
Chapter 23: “Who is it that can tell me who I am?”
Chapter 24: “The wheel is come full circle.”
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