Lestat's Lessons

Sure, Lestat is fun to read about, but you can also learn from him.

No, I’m not talking about learning the proper way to stalk and kill a slimy serial murderer who preys on innocent old ladies, but life lessons, stuff you could actually use that won’t result in major prison time.

Here, various quotes and sayings of the Blond One will be analyzed, dissected, and applied to actual life situations. Hopefully, some of the stuff will shed new light on these wonderful books, and might actually give you a greater appreciation for this wonderful character.

Keep in mind that these are mostly my musings on the wisdom of Lestat, so if you have something you’d like to impart upon the masses, go ahead and submit your own lesson.

And forgive me if I seem to get a bit preachy at times; I suppose that sort of tone can be hard to avoid when you’re as passionate about this topic as I am. If you have something you would like to submit to this page, please e-mail me.

Lesson #1

Quote: “To be this happy is to be miserable, to feel this much satisfaction is to burn.”
Translation: Happiness is fleeting, so don’t get too caught up in it.

Lesson #2

Quote: “It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, given a greater luster to our colors, a richer resonance to our words.”
Translation: Being unhappy makes us well-rounded.

Lesson #3

Quote: “I don’t like myself, you know. I love myself, of course. I’m devoted to myself till my dying day. But I don’t like myself.”
Translation: We are who we are, so just accept it.

Lesson #4

Quote: “I don’t believe in anything, and that makes me stronger than you think.”
Translation: No Hope = No Fear.

Lesson #5

Quote: “Sometimes I become spellbound in the middle of Wal-Mart.”
Translation: Maybe the world really is worth all this trouble.

Lesson #6

Quote: “I never really envision the finish of anything that I start. It’s risk that fascinates, the moment of infinite possibility. It lures me through eternity when all other charms fail.”
Translation: Carpe Diem! – at least if you’re immortal.

Lesson #7

Quote: “Despair was so familiar to me; it could be banished by the sight of a beautiful mannikin in the window. It could be dispelled by the spectacle of lights surrounding a tower. It could be lifted by the great ghostly shape of Saint Patrick’s coming into view. And then despair would come again.”

Translation: Life’s a vicious cycle.

Lestat’s Lesson #1
Lestat’s Lesson #2
Lestat’s Lesson #3
Lestat’s Lesson #4
Lestat’s Lesson #5
Lestat’s Lesson #6
Lestat’s Lesson #7