Jem Quotes


They say you cannot love two people equally at once, she said. And perhaps for others that is so. But you and Will—you are not like two ordinary people, two people who might have been jealous of each other, or who would have imagined my love for one of them diminished by my love of the other. You merged your souls when you were both children. I could not have loved Will so much if I had not loved you as well. And I could not love you as I do if I had not loved Will as I did.

Dreams can be dangerous things.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

Sometimes," Jem said, "our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It's those times, I think, when our lives have altered but we still long for the time before everything was altered-- that is when we feel the greatest pain. I can tell you, though, from experience, you grow accustomed to it. You learn to live your new life, and you can't imagine, or even really remember, how things were before.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Change    Jem

If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time. It's because he wants to stay inside.

Boo    Jem    Scout

Will: Have you ever seen what happens to someone with demon pox? First it lies dormant. One begins to turn yellow and green. Then the swelling sets in -
Jem: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DEMON POX.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Demon pox    Jem    Will

A parabatai. Like he was. And Jace knew, too, what that faded rune meant: a parabatai whose other half was dead. He felt his sympathy leap toward Brother Zachariah, as he imagined himself without Alec, with only that faded rune to remind him where once he had been bonded to someone who knew all the best and worst parts of his soul.

Alec    Jace    Jem    Will


You see it, don't you, James? Without Tessa there is nothing for me--no joy, no light, no life. If you loved me, you would let me have her. You can't love her as I do. No one could. If you are truly my brother, you would do this for me.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

I told you before, Jem, that you would not leave me," Will said, his bloody hand on the hilt of the dagger. " And you are still with me. When I breath, I will think of you, for without you I would have been dead years ago. When I wake up and when I sleep, when I lift up my hands to defend myself or when I lie down to die, you will be with me. You say we are born again. I say there is a river that divides the dead and the living. What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so we can cross together." Will took a deep breath and let go of the knife. He drew his hand back. The cut on his palm was already healing- the result of the half dozen iratzes on his skin. " You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever."
He rose to his feet and looked down at the knife. The knife was Jem's, the blood was his. This spot of ground, whether he could ever find it again, whether he lived to try, would be theirs.
He turned around to walk to Balios, towards Wales and Tessa. He did not look back.

Afterlife    Death    Jem    Will

Being Jem, Tessa reflected, must be a great deal like being the owner of a thouroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests. You had to have a hand on his collar constantly.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

So you’re suggesting we take the train up to York, meet a ninety-year-old man, leap on him, and yank out his hair? I’m sure the Clave will be
ecstatic.
They’ll just say you’re mad, said Jessamine. They already think it, so what’s the difference, really?

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Clave    Jem    Jessamine    Tessa    Will

I like ducks." Jem observed diplomatically. "Esspecially the ones in Hyde Park." He glanced side ways at Will; both boys were sitting at the edge of a high table, thier legs dangling over the side. "Remember when you tried to convince me to feed pultry pie the the mallards in the park to see if you couls breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Bromance    Ducks    Humor    Jem    Will

Until death," Jem replied gently. "Those are the words of the oath. 'Until aught but death part thee and me.' Someday, Will, I will go where none can follow me, and I think it will be sooner rather than later. Have you ever asked yourself why I agreed to be your parabatai?"
"No better offers forthcoming?" Will tried for humor, but his voice cracked like glass.
"I thought you needed me," Jem said. "There is a wall you have built about yourself, Will, and I have never asked you why. But no one should shoulder every burden alone. I thought you would let me inside if I became your parabatai, and then you would have at least someone to lean upon. I did wonder what my death would mean for you. I used to fear it, for your sake. I feared you would be left alone inside that wall. But now... something has changed. I do not know why. But I know that it is true."
"That what is true?" Will's fingers were still digging into Jem's wrist.
"That the wall is coming down.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Adorable    Amazing    Aw    Jem    Sad    Will

She hated that will had this effect on her. Hated it. She knew better. She knew what he thought of her. That she was worth nothing. And still a look from him could make her tremble with mingled hatred and longing. It was like poison in her blood, to which Jem was the only antidote.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Carstairs    Grey    Herondale    James    Jem    Tessa    Will    William

If you have a soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

Goodness, real goodness, has it's own sort of cruelty to it.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Cruelty    Goodness    Jem

Rage flared up in Tessa and she considered belting Woolsey with the poker whether he came near her or not. He had moved awfully quickly while fighting Will, though, and she didn’t fancy her chances.
You don’t know James Carstairs. Don’t speak about him.
Love him, do you? Woolsey managed to make it sound unpleasant. But you love Will, too.
Tessa froze. She had known that Magnus knew of Will’s affection for her, but the idea that what she felt for him in return was written across her face was too terrifying to contemplate.

I would have given it up--all of it up--to be married to you for a day. A day that would never have come. You are a reminder--a reminder of everything I am losting. The Life I will not have.

Chapter 23    Jem    Jessa    Why

Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.

Whither thou goest, I will go;
Where thou diest, will I die
And there will I be buried:
The Angel do so to me, and more also,
If aught but death part thee and me.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Carstairs    Cassandra    Clare    Clockwork    Herondale    Jem    Parabatai    Prince    Will

Not really, but after that I think about how I could kill him while he slept if I really wanted to, and then I feel better.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

I am not going to live, and I can choose to be as much for her as I can be, to burn as brightly for her as I wish, and for a shorter time, than to burden her with someone only half-alive for a longer time. It is my choice, William, and you cannot make it for me.

Clockwork Princess

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

When to people tell the same lie..."
"They are working together," Will finished

Clockwork angel    James    Jem    Lies    Will

If I was harsh with you, it was because I cannot bear to see you treat yourself as if you are worth nothing. Whatever part you might act to the contrary, I see you as you really are, my blood brother. Not just better than you pretend to be, but better than most people could hope to be.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Friendship    Jem    Will

Will: 'Singing the praises of our fair city? We treat you well here, don't we, James? I doubt I'd have that kind of luck in Shanghai. What do you call us there again?'
Jem: 'Yang guizi ... foreign devils.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

She had taken him for granted, she thought with surprise and shame, watching the flickering candlelight. She had assumed his kindness was so natural and so innate, she had never asked herself whether it cost him any effort. Any effort to stand between Will and the world, protecting each of them from the other. Any effort to accept the loss of his family with equanimity. Any effort to remain cheerful and calm in the face of his own dying.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Jem    Tessa    Will

Atticus---" ...said Jem bleakly. "How could they do it, how could they?"
"I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before & they did it tonight & they'll do it again & when they do it--- seems that only children weep.

I do not believe you can threaten people into goodness.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

You point your feet out too much when you walk, Will went on. He was busy polishing an apple on his shirtfront, and appeared not to notice Tessa glaring at him. Camille walks delicately. Like a faun in the woods. Not like a duck
I do not walk like a duck.
I like ducks, Jem observed diplomatically. Especially the ones in Hyde Park.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Jem    Tessa    Will

I would rather insult you than lose you, he said, and before any of them could make a move to stop him, he cast both items into the fire.

Charlotte, Will’s being
vexing.'
'And the sun has come up in the east,'
said Jem, to no one in particular.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Jem    Jessamine    Will

Oh, I don't know. I prefer to think that when they're at home, the Silent Brothers are much like us. Playing practical jokes in the Silent City, making toasted cheese-"
"I hope they play charades," said Tessa Dryly. "It would seem to take advantage of their natural talents.

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

We were once getting married. And I have loved you all this time- a century and a half. -Jem

And very amusing it is to watch, said Jem. Did you know you twitch your nose when you sleep, like a rabbit?
I do not, she said, with a whispered laugh.- In my dreams (Chapter 17) deleted scene- Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince

Faith," said Jem. "That you were better than you thought you were. Forgiveness, that you need not always punish yourself. I always loved you, Will. Whatever you did. And now I need you to do for me what I connot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done with beating.

Goodbye    Jem    Tears    Will

Then forget Gabriel. Is there a particular reason you keep biting vampires?
Will touched the dried blood on his wrists and smiled. They don’t expect it.
Of course they don’t. They know what happens when one of us consumes vampire blood. They probably expect you to have more sense.
That expectation never seems to serve them very well, does it?
It hardly serves you, either.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Jem    Will

If you dare to injure her in the least, I will await you where no policeman can step in between. And God shall judge between us two.

Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton

The Brother's hood fell back, and his silvery hair shone out in the dim chamber like starlight. All the air rushed out of Tessa's lungs in a single instant. The Silent Brother was Jem.

Awe    Brother    Jem    Omg    Silent

Ladies pick funny things to be proud of.

Funny    Jem

I can just close my eyes and let myself fall into oblivion. Maybe I'll hit the exact same rocks and my blood will mingle with his and maybe there's some kind of life after death and he's waiting for me there with his hand outstretched just like mine.
But...
I don't want to die.
I try to twist my body backwards and pain shoots up my neck.
It's too late.
I chose life too late.

Chilling    Death    Inspirational    Jem    Questioning    Regret    Suicide

He asks me which of them two I liked best. Perhaps I liked Mr. Harry Carson once--I don't know--I've forgotten; but I loved James Wilson, that's now on trial, above what tongue can tell--above all else on earth put together; and I love him now better than ever, though he has never known a word of it till this minute... I never found out how dearly I loved another till one day, when James Wilson asked me to marry him, and I was very hard and sharp in my answer (for indeed, sir, I'd a deal to bear just then), and he took me at my word and left me; and from that day to this I've never spoken a word to him, or set eyes on him; though I'd fain have done so, to try and show him we had both been too hasty; for he'd not been gone out of my sight above a minute before I knew I loved--far above my life," said she, dropping her voice as she came to this second confession of the strength of her attachment. "But, if the gentleman asks me which I loved the best, I make answer, I was flattered by Mr. Carson, and pleased with his flattery; but James Wilson, I"--
She covered her face with her hands, to hide the burning scarlet blushes, which even dyed her fingers.

Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton
Jem    Love    Lovely    Profession    Trial

If she lives, she shall be my wedded wife. If she dies--mother, I can't speak of what I shall feel if she dies." His voice was choked in his throat.

Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton
Fear    Jem    Loss    Love    Marriage

I just wished to know if you mean to marry the girl. Spite of what you said of her lightness, I ha' known her long enough to be sure she'll make a noble wife for any one, let him be what he may; and I mean to stand by her like a brother; and if you mean rightly, you'll not think the worse on me for what I've now said; and if--but no, I'll not say what I'll do to the man who wrongs a hair of her head. He shall rue it to the longest day he lives, that's all. Now, sir, what I ask of you is this. If you mean fair and honourable by her, well and good: but if not, for your own sake as well as hers, leave her alone, and never speak to her more.

Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton

When it was time to play Boo's big scene, Jem would sneak into the house, steal the scissors from the sewingmachine drawer when Calpurnia's back was turned, then sit in the swing and cut up newspapers. Dill would walk by, cough at Jem, and Jem would fake a plunge into Dill's thigh. From where I stood it looked real.

Jem, naturally, was Boo: he went under the front steps and shrieked and howled from time to time.

The first question sobbed out by his choking voice, oppressed with emotion, was--
"Where is she?"
They led him to the room where his mother sat. They had told her of her son's acquittal, and now she was laughing, and crying, and talking, and giving way to all those feelings which she had restrained with such effort during the last few days. They brought her son to her, and she threw herself upon his neck, weeping there. He returned her embrace, but looked around, beyond. Excepting his mother, there was no one in the room but the friends who had entered with him.
"Eh, lad!" she said, when she found voice to speak. "See what it is to have behaved thysel! I could put in a good word for thee, and the jury could na go and hang thee in the face of th' character I gave thee. Was na it a good thing they did na keep me from Liverpool? But I would come; I knew I could do thee good, bless thee, my lad. But thou'rt very white, and all of a tremble."
He kissed her again and again, but looking round as if searching for some one he could not find, the first words he uttered were still--
"Where is she?

Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton
Jem    Love    Realization    Relief

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