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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

Life, Consciousness, Existence Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

"I wouldn't mind leaving myself behind if I could, but I don't know the way out." (

This idea of finding a way out of the self gives us good insight into Elphaba's character, and also ties in with her revolving door of nicknames. She seems to try to reinvent or find herself with limited success throughout the book.

Quote #2

"Or is it just that the world unwraps itself to you, again and again, as soon as you are ready to see it anew?" (3.11.20)

Fiyero's thoughts following the scene where he witnesses Gale Force guards abusing prisoners take a cyclical view of life. In other words, the world reveals itself "again and again," so life and existence may be about learning similar things over and over.

Quote #3

She supposed, glumly, that she had meant to be a sort of living marble bust: This is Youthful Intelligence; admire Her. Isn't She Lovely? (

Poor Galinda apparently wanted Shiz to be more of a party school. This desire to be a "living marble bust" highlights how superficial and surface-oriented Galinda is.