Lilith Quotes

What do writers say about Lilith, Adam's first wife?

In Jewish mythology, Lilith was the first wife of Adam (the first man). Her legend has evolved through the years, changing through each retelling. Here are some examples of Lilith quotes from writers throughout literary history. Who was she? Who is she? And, what has she become in literature and pop-culture?

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  • "A man is as free as he chooses to make himself, never an atom freer"
  • "You doubt because you love truth"
  • "There is no slave but the creature that wills against its Creator."
  • "Doubt may be a poor encouragement to do anything, but it is a bad reason for doing nothing."
  • "I tell you, there are more worlds, and more doors to them, than you will think of in many years!"
  • "But there is a light that goes deeper than the will, a light that lights up the darkness behind it: that light can change your will, can make it truly yours and not another's - not the Shadow's. Into the created can pour itself the creating will, and so redeem it!"

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Lilith - J.R. Salamanca

"Because I think that's what love is- everything but children's love, anyway - loving the wounds we give each other, and that we can't help giving each other; you can't stay alive if you don't hurt people."

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"Humbert was perfectly capable of intercourse with Eve, but it was Lilith he longed for."

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"Out of her cave came the ancient Lilith; Lilith the wise; Lilith the enchantress. There ran a little path outside her dwelling; it wound away among the mountains and glittering peaks, and before the door one of the Wise Ones walked to and fro. Out of her cave came Lilith, scornful of his solitude, exultant in her wisdom, flaunting her shining and magical beauty."

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"To banish his loneliness, Lilith was first given to Adam as wife."

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Adam, Lilith and Eve - Robert Browning

"One day, it thundered and lightened.
Two women, fairly frightened,
Sank to their knees, transformed, transfixed,
At the feet of the man who sat betwixt;
And "Mercy!" cried each—"if I tell the truth
Of a passage in my youth!"

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Hex and the City - Simon R. Green

"I ignored him, concentrating on Lilith. 'According to the stories, after you were expelled from Eden you went down into Hell, where you coupled with demons and gave birth to all the monsters that have plagued the world.'

"'I was young,' said Lilith. 'You know how it is. We all do things we later regret, when we're being rebellious teenagers.'"

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City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

"I'm not a man. I have no male pride for you to trick me with, and I am not interested in single combat. That is entirely a weakness of your sex, not mine. I am a woman. I will use any weapon and all weapons to get what I want."