Quotes or quotations are phrases, sentences, lines, and paragraphs taken from a literary piece. These quotes express universal truths or situations. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, too, has famous quotes given for different situations. Some of the best quotes from Dracula are analyzed below.
Quotes in Dracula
“It is odd that a thing which I have been taught to regard with disfavour and as idolatrous should in a time of loneliness and trouble be of help.”
These lines are spoken by Jonathan Harker, who is thinking about why the crucifix that the landlady gave him is providing him comfort. He is not aware of the fact that actually it is providing him protection against Dracula. He is thinking that it may help him in his loneliness, or when he is in trouble when Dracula is to come.
“There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear.”
Jonathan Harker speaks this line when he thinks about vampire women. He thinks that inwardly he is not satisfied with them as he feels uneasy as well as fearful, yet he longs to have sexual relations with them. This conflictual thinking of Harker continues until he meets Dracula.
“Blood is too precious a thing in these days of dishonourable peace, and the glories of the great races are as a tale that is told.”
Dracula seems proud of the lineage that he concocts to position himself as belonging to an aristocratic race. Dracula is of the view that peace is always dishonorable and that the great races are those who have stories that people tell. Therefore, he wants to spread stories of horror to make himself great.
“Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble? But this is heresy, and I must not say it.”
Lucy Westenra writes to her friend Mina about the choices for marriage she has had and the way she feels. She thinks that a girl must have the choice to select three if it saves her from this trouble of making a choice. However, she tells that this is not good for her to say this as this is considered heresy.
“My dear, please Almighty God, your life may be all it promises: a long day of sunshine, with no harsh wind, no forgetting duty, no distrust.”
Mira Murray tells her friend Lucy in return that God may bless her with a good conjugal life with Holmwood where there will be prosperity and no sufferings. She also prays for her that she may have no distrust and no oblivious feelings toward her husband in her married life.
“So you shall keep knowledge in its place, where it may rest—where it may gather its kind around it and breed.”
Van Helsing speaks these lines to Seward, telling him that all the people are habitual of keeping information and feel pride over this knowledge. He means that what he has is more than the entire humanity can grasp. It is typical of a knowledgeable person to feel arrogance and pride over what he holds in his mind and he expresses the same feelings.
“I could not resist the temptation of mystifying him a bit—I suppose it is some of the taste of the original apple that remains still in our mouths—so I handed him the shorthand diary.”
Mina is relating that she finally hands over her diary to Mr. Van Helsing. On the one hand, she feels pride that she can do things that others cannot that is to write in shorthand format, and on the other hand, she equates this incident to the first incident of the Fall in Eden which seems a sort of realization of shame.
Dracula speaks these lines to show that he is not only the enemy of human beings but also of God that he is perverting God’s creations—human beings. That is why he evokes Biblical references of Genesis 2 here in these lines.
“Have you seen that awful den of hellish infamy—with the very moonlight alive with grisly shapes, and every speck of dust that whirls in the wind a devouring monster in embryo? Have you felt the Vampire’s lips upon your throat? Oh, my God, what have we done to have this terror upon us?”
Jonathan Harker, who has seen the Castle of Dracula, speaks these lines to express his anguish and horror. He objects to Van Helsing’s plan to take Mina there but he submits before him despite these questionings and protestations about how he feels about the Vampire and Dracula. His questions also inquire about the mistakes and sins they might have committed that these troubles have befallen upon them.
“Now God be thanked that all has not been in vain! See! the snow is not more stainless than her forehead! The curse has passed away!”
These are the last words of Quincey Morris, who says that Mina’s face must be purified to keep away the curse that Dracula’s blood has caused. He means that the death of Dracula is not enough; his viciousness should also be purged in every form to eliminate this curse from the people.