A Discovery of Witches Season 1 Episode 1: "Episode 1" Quotes
ASHML 782 has been missing for centuries and yet you were able to call it up. Aren't you curious as to why? That book has never appeared to me or anyone else no matter what we've done. Only to you. It could be the key to our survival, so isn't it strange that the only creature who can summon it is a witch who can't control her magic?Matthew
Matthew: Do you actually think it's safe down here in the dark, Doctor Bishop?
Diana: Are you stalking me?
Matthew: I'm merely pointing out that rowing on your own is a risk. So, the Book of Life. What did you do with it?
Diana: I don't know what that is.
Matthew: A witch of your powers. How could you not know?
Diana: Just because you saw me in the library, that was unusual for me. I don't use magic.
Matthew: Don't lie to me, Diana. I can feel your power.
Matthew: Am I making you uncomfortable?
Diana: No. I'm just surprised you find the southern exposure comfortable.
Matthew: You don't believe everything you read, do you?
Diana: Some people still believe in witches, that magic is real. They believe in other creatures, too.
Sean: Superstitious crap. How could people still be so ignorant? We're living in the 21st Century.
Matthew: Is it ASHML 782? I'm assuming you used more than magic to retrieve it.
Diana: Why do you care? Alchemy's not your area.
Matthew: This is about a great deal more than just alchemy. Where's the manuscript now?
Diana: The same place it always it. You can take books out of the Bodleian. Excuse me.
Matthew: Dr. Bishop, please hear me out. No one has seen that book in a long time, and it's not just me who wants it. Word is spreading. It might be safer for you if the creatures of Oxford knew it was no longer in your possession.
Diana: Is that a threat?
Matthew: No. It's a warning. You need to be careful.
Matthew: The reason I didn't tell you is because we're all in the dark. We know there's a problem, but we don't know the cause and that's the reason we need the book.
Miriam: Matthew thinks ASHML 782 covers early creature history. It could help us understand our evolution, our origins.
Matthew: The witches cannot be allowed to have that information. Some would want to use that to destroy us.
You know I didn't intend to sire James. If there would have been more time, I would have asked his permission. If I knew there was a risk of failure, I never would have attempted it. Matthew, his last moments were ugly, confused, and desperate, and he didn't know why. I did that. He was my friend, and I took his death away from him for nothing.Marcus
Wait. Wait! You can't just hide in your work. You saw your father. This is important. If the book is bewitched, there's no telling how you unlock the spell! You have to take the book out again, work out what's going on.Sarah
Miriam: Come on, Matthew. It's not possible.
Matthew: What? That she's found ASHML 782? Why?
Miriam: Because you've been looking for that book for over a hundred years.
Matthew: Longer. Ever since I began to believe that it could help us understand our origins.
Miriam: It's missing. It's always been missing. How could this "witch" have found it?
Matthew: Perhaps it wasn't missing. Perhaps it was waiting.
I'm still not comfortable around magic, especially after what happened to my parents. I still find it... I just find it difficult.Diana
Once the world was full of wonders, but it belongs to humans now. We, creatures, have all but disappeared. Demons, vampires, and witches hiding in plain sight, fearful of discovery, ill at ease even with each other. But, as my father used to say, in every ending, there is a new beginning.Matthew