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QUOTE: Maggie Stiefvater

All of us have secrets in our lives.

“All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”  ~ The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

This passage appears in the prologue of Maggie Stiefvater’s novel The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle series. It makes an eerie, ominous, and mysterious opening to this novel, but it also provides us with an interesting discussion point. Is it wrong to have secrets? If everyone has them, is it wrong to keep them?

I think it really depends on what the secret is. If you’re planning a surprise birthday party for someone, you’re certainly not going to tell that person! But if you’re doing something cruel behind someone’s back… obviously that’s not a secret you should have in the first place.

It may seem like obvious common sense, but there are certain situations that aren’t so black and white. Sometimes you see and hear things that don’t necessarily involve you directly, but you still witnessed them. Do you tell? Or do you keep a secret?

In many cases, I think the “right” thing to do- meaning the most honest action with the most integrity- is to tell. However, we all know that can be really difficult!

Where is this discussion going? I guess what I’m trying to say is that this quote made me think about secrets and when it’s okay (and not okay!) to have them.

How do you feel about secrets? What quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!



3 responses to “QUOTE: Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. I remember reading the quote in the book and loving it!


  2. What a thought-provoking quote – I can definitely see how it sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I haven’t read any of The Raven Cycle books, but I can tell just from this how beautiful Stiefvater’s writing is. Great choice!


    1. Thanks! 🙂 I highly recommend them, if fantasy-ish books are a genre that interests you!


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former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


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