The Mortal Instruments series is the Shadowhunters series that started it all. Here is where we had unforgettable love stories (Malec, we love you!) and even more unforgettable quotes. We asked fans to select their top Shadowhunters quotes from each Mortal Instruments book: read on to see what they chose! Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t read the books, what are you waiting for? Start with City of Bones today.

Top 6 Shadowhunters Quotes from the Mortal Instruments Series

6. Jace and Dorothea in City of Bones

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?”

Jace said, “Unfortunately, my one true love remains myself.”

“At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”

“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”


5. Jace and Luke in City of Ashes

“I don’t want to be a man,” Jace said. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”

“Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.”


4. Jace to Clary in City of Glass

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”


3. Jace and Clary in City of Fallen Angels

“You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.”

Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?”

“It could happen,” Clary said. “You know, theoretically.”

“Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”


2. Clary and Alec in City of Lost Souls

“I don’t care,” Clary said. “He’d do it for me. Tell me he wouldn’t. If I were missing–”

“He’d burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know,” Alec said.


1. Zachariah in City of Heavenly Fire

“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”


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