4. "Give yourself to me, Gemma, and you will never be alone again. You'll be worshiped. Adored. Loved. But you must give yourself to me- a willing sacrifice.' Tears slip down my face. 'Yes,' I murmur. Gemma, don't listen,' Circe says hoarsely, and for a moment, I don't see Eugenia; I see only the tree, the blood pumping beneath its pale skin, the bodies of the dead hanging from it like chimes. I gasp, and Eugenia is before me again. 'Yes, this is what you want, Gemma. Try as you might, you cannot kill this part of yourself. The solitude of the self taht waits just under the stairs of your soul. Always there, no matter how much you've tried to get rid of it. I understand. I do. Stay with me and never be lonely again.' Don't listen... to that... bitch,' Circe croaks, and the vines tighten around her neck. No, you're wrong,' I say to Eugenia as if coming out of a long sleep. 'You couldn't kill this part of yourself. And you couldn't accept it, either.' I'm sure I don't know what you mean"
- Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
5. "What thought engendered the spirit of Circe, or gave to a Helen the lust of tragedy? What lit the walls of Troy? Or prepared the woes of an Andromache? By what demon counsel was the fate of Hamlet prepared? And why did the weird sisters plan ruin to the murderous Scot? Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble. In a mulch of darkness are bedded the roots of endless sorrows - and of endless joys. Canst thou fix thine eye on the morning? Be glad. And if in the ultimate it blind thee, be glad also! Thou hast lived."
- Quote by Theodore Dreiser
6. "Cookery means the knowledge of Medea and of Circe and of Helen and of the Queen of Sheba. It means the knowledge of all herbs and fruits and balms and spices, and all that is healing and sweet in the fields and groves and savory in meats. It means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances. It means the economy of your grandmothers and the science of the modern chemist; it means much testing and no wasting; it means English thoroughness and French art and Arabian hospitality; and, in fine, it means that you are to be perfectly and always ladies — loaf givers."
- Quote by John Ruskin
7. "For all who believe that peace is not an ideal or pipe dream but anecessity. ~Libba Bray They believe, and believing changes everything. ~Gemma, The sweet far thing, Libba Bray Bu the past cannot be changed, and we carry our choices with us forward, into the unknown. ~Circe, The sweet far thing, Libba Bray Stop, gemma, before you go mad. Or am I already there? ~Gemma, The sweet far thing, Libba Bray peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more aruous. ~George Shaw"
- Quote by Libba Bray
8. "His copy was full of lofty echoes: Greek Tragedy; Damocle's sword; manna from heaven; the myth of Sisyphus; the last of the Mohicans; hydra-headed and Circe-voiced; experiments with truth; discovery of India; biblical resonance; the lessons of Vedanta; the centre does not hold; the road not taken; the mimic men; for whom the bell tolls; a hundred visions and revisions; the power and the glory; the heart of the matter; the heart of darkness; the agony and the ecstasy; sands of time; riddle of the Sphinx; test of tantalus; murmurs of mortality; Falstaffian figure; Dickensian darkness; ..."
- Tarun J. Tejpal, The Alchemy of Desire
9. " is on your head, but it's not connected to your brain. I said she killed herself rather than do the work I'd been doing all my life!" Circe stood up, and the dogs too. "Do you hear me? She saw the work I did all her days and died, you hear me, died rather than live like me. Now, what do you suppose she thought I was! If the way I lived and the work I did was so hateful to her she killed herself to keep from having to do it, and you think I stay on here because I loved her, then you have about as much sense as a fart!"
- Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
10. " Circe pe nume „Cruzimea. Fireste că trebuie izgonită totodată si neghioaba psihologie de odinioară care stie să ne învete doar că cruzimea ia nastere la vederea suferintei altcuiva: se poate afla plăcere, o plăcere cât se poate de mare, chiar si în propria-ti suferintă, în a-ti-provoca-suferintă, - si ori de câte ori omul se lasă înduplecat la lepădarea de sine, în sensul religios al cuvântului, sau la automutilare, precum o practicau fenicienii si ascetii, sau, în general, la renuntarea la nevoile simturilor si ale cărnii, la umilintă, la convulsii puritanice de pocăintă, la vivisectia constiintei si la pascaliana sacrifizio dell'inteletto, cruzimea sa este aceea care în taină îl ademeneste si îl îmboldeste, fiorul cel primejdios al cruzimii îndreptate împotriva lui însusi. În fine, luati în consideratie si recunoasteti faptul că însusi cunoscătorul, aplicând constrângerea asupra spiritului său, potrivnic înclinatiei acestuia si adeseori împotriva dorintelor inimii sale - si anume"
- Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche