Outlander, book one of Diana Gabaldon’s award-winning, best-selling series of the same name, was published on this date in 1991, making it thirty years old today!
According to the synopsis provided on Gabaldon’s website, the Outlander adventure begins in 1946 with Claire Beauchamp Randall. Claire is an ex-army nurse and her husband Frank is in the army as well. The two travel to the Scottish Highlands for their second honeymoon. One day Claire discovers a circle of stones, commonly seen throughout northern Britain. After Claire steps through a gap in the circle, she is suddenly transported back in time to 1743. Before long, Claire ends up falling in love with Jamie Fraser, a clansmen who she is now forced to marry in exchange for being handed over to the creepy Captain Jack Randall (who just happens to be her real husband’s six times great-grandfather!). And the story continues from here.
Hopefully, the following fifteen quotes from Outlander will inspire you to reread this dynamic story, encompassing elements of romance, historical fiction, and adventure. Or if you’ve never read Outlander before, perhaps the quotes will prompt you to give the first book (and maybe the rest of the series) a try.
1. “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary.”
2. “It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”
3. “There were moments, of course. Those small spaces in time, too soon gone, when everything seems to stand still, and existence is balanced on a perfect point, like the moment of change between the dark and the light, and when both and neither surround you.”
4. “It was in a way a comforting idea; if there was all the time in the world, then the happenings of a given moment became less important.”
5. “Boldness in battle is nothing out of the way… but to face down fear in cold blood is rare in any man.”
6. “When had the right to live as one wished ever been considered trivial?”
7. “I can bear pain, myself…but I could not bear yours. That would take more strength than I have.”
8. “After all, I thought, what were days and weeks in the presence of eternity?”
9. “He said the truth is the truth, and people should take responsibility for their own actions, which is right.”
10. “To stand against a crowd would take something more than ordinary courage; something that went beyond human instinct. And I feared I did not have it, and fearing, was ashamed.”
11. “Maybe it was the result of gardening, that quiet sense of pleasure in touching growing things, the satisfaction of helping them thrive.”
12. “It’s like a little fortress, where the most private part of you lives – maybe it’s your soul, maybe just that bit that makes you yourself and not anyone else.”
13. “We have nothing now between us, save – respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies.”
14. “It’s strange,” he said, “when he was alive, I didna pay him much heed. But once he was dead, the things he’d told me had a good deal more influence.”
15. “Sometimes our best actions result in things that are most regrettable. And yet you could not have acted otherwise.”
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