Quotes / Masquerade

"The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club!"
Tyler Durden, Fight Club

"Masquerade! Paper faces on parade! Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you!''

"Yeah, it sucks having to hide from your food. Yeah, you could take any mortal out without thinking about it. When you can take out a few thousand of 'em, then come talk to me. Until then, keep your fucking head down."
An NPC Nosferatu, Vampire: The Requiem.

Agent Kay: We do NOT discharge our weapons in view of the public!
Agent Jay: Hey, we ain't got time for this cover-up bullshit! Maybe you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian battle cruiser...
"Anonymity is Synonymous With Longevity."
—The Arc Words of the Vampires in Necroscope. When the final Big Bads break these words, things really start going downhill.

"You've just seen behind a curtain you weren't even supposed to know existed."
Richardson, The Adjustment Bureau

"You...better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar-coated topping. There is another world, beneath it. The real world. And if you wanna survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger!"
Blade, Blade

"Are you sure you want to see what's on the other side? Be sure. Say yes, and I'll show you the way to the people who've been hiding themselves from you all along. You'll get one moon, one month. But be sure. Swear it on your name that you won't tell anyone else, or you'll wish you'd never met me."
Changeling: The Lost corebook, example of the Rose And Thorn oath.

James Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart, they can handle it.
Agent Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. 1500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow...

The passion of my clan, to be at one with them, and hidden from the world outside.
A promise that I keep-
I'll never share,
I'll never speak,
To my grave the secret goes...
— "A Promise That I Keep", by Klause White

Yesterday, my life's like, "Uh oh, pop quiz!" Today it's "rain of toads".

A world where creatures of ancient myth and gods long thought dead walk unnoticed along the crowded streets of Manhattan. Where ladies of Faerie dance lonely nights away, bathed in soft neon glare.
— The comic Aria's blurb

We go hideaway in daylight
We go undercover, wait out the sun
Got a secret side in plain sight
Where the streets are empty
That's where we run...
Alesso, "Heroes"

"Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too..."
Mercy Thompson, Moon Called'

"Humans were very stuck in their belief that there was nothing hiding in the darkness, even as those very things slipped up beside them and asked to borrow a cigarette."

There is a world beyond the world, a place of magic and mysteries, evils and enchantments, marvels and wonders. And you are never more than a breath away from any of it. Open the right door, walk down the wrong street, and you can find waiting for you every dream you ever had- including all the bad ones. Secrets and mysteries will open themselves to you, if something more or less than human doesn't find you first. Magic is real, and so are gods and monsters.
There is a world beyond the world. But some things never change.
Drinking Midnight Wine, by Simon Green

Before we go any further, allow me to tell you that you're getting an unprecedented opportunity here. My kind doesn't talk about itself to you kind - not now and, for the most part, not ever. We've spent five centuries weaving a stage curtain that we call the Masquerade to hide the real show from you, but in the end, it comes down to one simple fact: we vampires don't want you mortals knowing we're out there. It's for the same reason the wolf doesn't want the sheep knowing he's around. It makes our work so much easier.

Mariana: You have this whole other layer of history.
Robo: There's an assumption, I think, that being an ageless super robot billionaire mad scientist on a remote island makes me feel alone. It doesn't. But sometimes? That layer does.