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By Neil Gaiman, Bram Stoker, Leslie S. Klinger

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Despair has its own calms.

We learn from failure, not from success!

This man belongs to me, I want him!

Good women tell all their lives, and by day and by hour and by minute, such things that angels can read.

Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

Yo soy Drácula. Le doy la bienvenida, señor Harker, a mi casa.

And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere 'modernity' cannot kill.

Doctor, you don't know what it is to doubt everything, even yourself. No, you don't; you couldn't with eyebrows like yours.

Once again...welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.

There is a reason why all things are as they are.

No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart.

I have always thought that a wild animal never looks so well as when some obstacle of pronounced durability is between us. A personal experience has intensified rather than diminished that idea.

Though sympathy alone can't alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.

The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.

Chasing an errant swarm of bees is nothing to following a naked lunatic when the fit of escaping is upon him!

It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance together to the music that he make with that smileless mouth of him. Ah, we men and women are like ropes drawn tight with strain that pull us different ways. Then tears come, and like the rain on the ropes, they brace us up, until perhaps the strain become too great, and we break. But King Laugh he come like the sunshine, and he ease off the strain again, and we bear to go on with our labor, what it may be.

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.

Doubt   Fear   Terror   Wonder

Denn die Todten reiten Schnell. (For the dead travel fast.)

Oh, my dear, if you only knew how strange is the matter regarding which I am here, it is you who would laugh. I have learned not to think little of any one's belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.

Never did tombs look so ghastly white. Never did cypress, or yew, or juniper so seem the embodiment of funeral gloom. Never did tree or grass wave or rustle so ominously. Never did bough creak so mysteriously, and never did the far-away howling of dogs send such a woeful presage through the night.

How good and thoughtful he is; the world seems full of good men--even if there are monsters in it.

Euthanasia" is an excellent and comforting word! I am grateful to whoever invented it.

I suppose that we women are such cowards that we think a man will save us from fears, and we marry him.

I asked Dr. Seward to give me a little opiate of some kind, as I had not slept well the night before......I hope I have not done wrong, for as sleep begins to flirt with me, a new fear comes: that I may have been foolish in thus depriving myself of the power of waking. I might want it. Here comes sleep. Goodnight.

But a stranger in a strange land, he is no one. Men know him not, and to know not is to care not for.

I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats.

The blood is life... and it shall be mine!

I do not, as you know, take sufficient interest in dress to be able to describe the new fashions. Dress is a bore.

He bowed in a courtly way as he replied: "I am Dracula. and I bid you welcome, Mr Harker, to my house. Come in; the night air is chill, and you must need to eat and rest.

The tomb in the daytime, and when wreathed with fresh flowers, had looked grim and gruesome enough; but now some days afterwards, when the flowers hung lank and dead, their whites turning to rust and their greens to browns; when the spider and the beetle had resumed their accustomed dominance; when time-discoloured stone, and dust-encrusted mortar, and rusty, dank iron, and tarnished brass and clouded silver-plating gave back the feeble glimmer of a candle, the effect was more miserable and sordid than could have been imagined. It conveyed irresistibly the idea that life - animal life - was not the only thing that could pass away.

Being proposed to all is very nice and all that sort of thing, but it isn’t at all a happy thing when you have to see a poor fellow, whom you know loves you honestly, going away and looking all broken-hearted, and to know that, no matter what he may say at the moment, you are passing quite out if his life

Bila kita berhadapan dengan kengerian yang begitu hebat, barulah kita mengerti apa arti kengerian itu sebenarnya

Dan beranikanlah dirimu membuktikan kebenaran yang kau benci!

I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.

There, on our favourite seat, the silver light of the moon struck a half-reclining figure, snowy white... something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell.

Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.

Enter freely and of your own free will!

«Toute abstraction est si dure à accepter que notre premier réflexe est de la refuser, d’autant plus si elle s’inscrit à contre-courant de ce que nous avons toujours pensé.»

It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import.

Though we were in shelter, we could hear the rising wind, for it moaned and whistled through the rocks, and the branches of the trees crashed together as we swept along. It grew colder and colder still, and fine, powdery snow began to fall, so that soon we and all around us were covered with a white blanket

If that other fellow doesn't know his happiness, well, he'd better look for it soon, or he'll have to deal with me.

There are vampires. They are real, they are of our time, and they are here, close by, stalking us as we sleep...

All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind. Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject of great floods. It takes a lot of water, and running strong, to sweep the outside edge of a river clear.

Oh, why must a man like that be made unhappy when there are lots of girls about who would worship the very ground he trod on?

How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.

Dreams   Fear   Peace

She is one of God's women fashioned by His own hand to show us men and other women that there is a heaven where we can enter, and that its light can be here on earth.

Even if she be not harmed, her heart may fail her in so much and so many horrors; and hereafter she may suffer--both in waking, from her nerves, and in sleep, from her dreams.

But this night our feet must tread in thorny paths, or later, and for ever, the feet you love must walk in paths of flame!

I stood beside Van Helsing, and said;-
"Ah, well, poor girl, there is peace for her at last. It is the end!"
He turned to me, and said with grave solemnity:-
"Not so; alas! not so. It is only the beginning!

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