Messenger: For the goddess.
Gallowglass: Goddess? I assume that's not you, Matthew?

You are not defined by the worst things you've done. You're my husband and the most brilliant man I know. You are kind and gentle. Come back to me. You are Matthew de Clermont and stronger than this.


Rudolf: If I did have this book, why would I give it to you, a prying English spy and charlatan? [Diana turns a decorated snake on a glass to a real snake]
Diana: I am no charlatan.
Rudolf: You are magnificent! Anything you want. Anything!
Diana: Show me the book.

This book is made from the skin of creatures. Witches, demons, vampires. The ink is made from our blood, the pages are bound together with our hair! I'm sorry, Diana, but this is more like a book of death.


Matthew: So you are a prisoner. Has the emporer lost patience with your empty promises?
Edward: You know nothing of my work!
Matthew: I know you stole the book.
Edward: No. The book is mine. It speaks to me. It screams! You have no claim! It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches!

Matthew: I didn't like the way he looked at you like a jewel he wanted to add to his collection.
Diana: Oh, I can handle a little clumsy flirting if it gets us closer to the book.

Diana: Even books that do not provide the answers we seek can still help us to ask better questions. Nothing is worthless to an enquiring mind.
Emperor Rudolf: The deepest truths will always come from the most unexpected sources.

A witch, a vampire, and a Jew meeting in secret. It will set Christian tongues wagging for miles around.

Rabbi Lowe

I stepped out of your shadow a long time ago. I will not be a pawn anymore!


This newfound caution of yours has blunted your technique. Where is your might? Where is your thirst for blood? Where is my Mattieu!?!


Matthew: I haven't lost control of myself for a very, very long time. I trained myself to hold the blood rage back, and I used genetics to try to understand it, try to find a cure.
Diana: Darling.
Matthew: It's Ysabeau who carries the honors. Luckily, she's spared of its effects. Luisa and I are not so fortunate. This is why we can never be truly mated.
Diana: Do you really think that I would ever walk away from you, my love, after all we've been through?
Matthew: This was but just a glimpse. You have no idea what I'm capable of. I'm a killer, Diana, and I've killed thousands. I was Philippe's weapon. He used me to eradicate the disease.
Diana: He made you his assassin.

Diana: You provoked and humiliated your own son! You exploited his pain! And for what? To drive me away!
Philippe: You needed to see the wolf behind the man. If you are to have a future together, you must accept every facet of him. And Matthew must be freed of the guilt that he carries.
Diana: You did this for us?
Philippe: Your union is forbidden in your time, too, or you would not be here. The two of you will face forces of great malevolence. You must be united, your faith in each other unwavering!
Diana: It already is.
Philippe: No. Your faith is worthless left untested. And Matthew. Matthew has less faith than anyone I have ever known.
Diana: He had faith in you, Philippe. All his life, he has tried to prove himself to you, and you used it against him. Your legacy is one of pain and recrimination.
Philippe: Who are you to lecture me?
Diana: I am worthy of your son.

A Discovery of Witches Quotes

Gerbert: What is it? What can you see? Is Diana the witch from the prophecy?
Luisa: Beware the witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf for with it she shall destroy the children of the night.
Gerbert: I know that; I know. Speak to me or you will get no more of this.
Luisa: Two. Light. Dark.
Gerbert: There are two witches?
Luisa: One close.
Gerbert: Who is she, and where can I find her?

I'm still not comfortable around magic, especially after what happened to my parents. I still find it... I just find it difficult.