On one occasion I shared a bed with about seven other people, but we were all having a party overnight.
But I am Niniane of Avalon, and I account to no man on this earth for what I do with what is mine -- yes, mine and not yours. I am not Roman, to let some man tell me what I may do with what the Goddess gave me.
A babe at the breast is as much pleasure as the bearing is pain.
If he knew, if he was told in so many words, he would have to do the conventional thing, he would have to express the conventional shock and horror. But knowing without analyzing, knowing in a place that went deeper than words, he could see it, know it, accept it.
His head was heavy on my breast, heavy as the child in my own childish arms, heavy as the King Stag who had come to me in triumph. Morgaine, my mother had called impatiently, take care of the baby... and all my life I had borne him with me.
I have neither talent or taste for kingship, cousin. I am a warrior, and to dwell always in one place and live at court would weary me to death!
Think not that you can direct my steps! If you come with me - you follow!
Perhaps mankind must have a time of darkness so that we will one day again know what a blessing is the light.
He was guarded behind a hundred fences of reserve and anger.
The Goddess has a fourth face. It is secret, and you should prey, as I do, as I do Igraine, that Morgause will never wear that face.
The man who feels fear without cause is a fool; but the man is twice a fool who does not feel fear when there is cause.
There are ignorant priests and ignorant people, who are all too ready to cry sorcery if a woman is only a little wiser than they are!
I never left you; I never will leave you. While life lasts, and beyond, I am here.
Beware what you speak, said the Merlin very softly, for indeed the words we speak make shadows of what is to come, and by speaking them we bring them to pass, my king.
Gave so much time and thought to units - the Nation, the Race, Humanity-as-a-Whole - that it laid terrific burdens on humanity as individuals. To benefit the monster of Humanity-as-a-Whole, they even fought wars - which killed off humanity, individually, at a fearful rate.
It was an old saying: three could keep a secret if but two of them lay in their graves...
If, she thought, you can call a man your lover when you have never exchanged a single kiss.
I came to see that my quarrel was never with the Christ, but with his foolish and narrow priests who mistook their own narrowness for his.
The symbol of the dragon should be always before them, that mankind seek to accomplish, not to think of sin and do penance!
What wise God would consign a man to Hell for ignorance, instead of teaching him better in the afterlife?
Even in her mind the words had the forlorn gallantry of someone whistling in the dark.
But this is my truth; I who am Morgaine tell you these things, Morgaine who was in later days called Morgan le Fay.
If you can read, there is no worldly wisdom that cannot be gathered from the pages of a book.
A friend of ours has a hobby doing genealogy, and we found out that we were cousins in the ninth degree, that we had a common ancestor on the Mayflower.
For all the Gods are one god (...) and all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and their is only one Initiator. And to every man his own truth, and the God within.
It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
Return again, return, life itself is calling you with all its pleasure and pain ...
If you seek to avoid your fate or to delay suffering, it only condemns you to suffer it redoubled in another life.
I learned only so great a love of music as to be discontented with my own sounds.
But I believe the divine ones will send other great masters to preach the truth to mankind, and that mankind will always receive them with the cross and the fire and the stones.
If there be any Gods at all, of which I am not even certain, I cannot believe they would stoop to meddle in the affairs of men. Nor will I wait upon the Gods to do what I see clearly must be done—who's to say that the Goddess cannot work through my hand as well as another.
A priestess of Avalon does not lie. But I am cast out of Avalon, and for this, and unless it is all to be for nothing, I must lie, and lie well and quickly.
They set down all their knowledge on bits of leather or waxed wood or tablets of stone and think that is wisdom. What good does it do a piece of stone to have knowledge?...know it is the understanding graven in the heart that makes men wise.
My husband and I were very in love, and I had no reason to suspect that his interests lay anywhere else.
And so, perhaps, the truth winds somewhere between the road to Glastonbury, Isle of the Priests, and the road to Avalon, lost forever in the mists of the Summer Sea.
The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
My love for you is a prayer, she thought. Love is the only prayer I know.
To know you are ignorant is the beginning of wisdom, Viviane said. Then, when you begin to learn, you will not have to forget all the things you think you know.
For all the Gods are one God, she said to me then, as she had said many times before, and as I have said to my own novices many times, and as every priestess who comes after me will say again, and all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and there is only one Initiator. And to every man his own truth, and the God within.
Remain yourself, child. If you know your own heart, you will always find one friend who doesn't lie.