“- I'm so busy doing what I must do that I don't have time for what I ought to do... and I never get a chance to do what I want to do!
- Son, that's universal. The way to keep that recipe from killing you is occasionally to do what you want to do anyhow.”
“The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you.”
“Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.”
“Once a man gets a reputation as a liar, he might as well be struck dumb, for people do not listen to the wind.”
“He was finding it ruinously expensive to be rich.”
“Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them. From an anthropologist's view, 'justice' is a search for workable customs.”
“I’m so busy doing what I must do that I don’t have time for what I ought to do . . . and I never get a chance to do what I want to do!” “Son, that’s universal. The way to keep that recipe from killing you is occasionally to do what you want to do anyhow. Which is right now.”
“...most things are right or wrong only in their backgrounds; few things are good or evil in themselves.”
“Freedom is a hard habit to break.”
“I thought we were the good guys,” he said, and it had that note of a child who finally realizes that sometimes good and evil aren’t so much opposites, as two sides of a coin. You toss it one way, and it looks good, another way, and it’s evil. Sometimes it just depends on which end of the gun you’re on.”
“See you soon,” I whispered. I bit my lip; and, in a moment of sheer abandon, I added, “I think I might . . . you know . . . love you, by the way.”
“Too,” Joshua whispered back groggily. “Love.”
“You are a sorry creature, Flashman. I have failed in you. But even to you I must say, this is not the end. You cannot continue here, but you are young, Flashman, and there is time yet. Though your sins be as red as crimson, yet shall they be as white as snow. You have fallen very low, but you can be raised up again …”
“--nor had I understood til then how the shameless vanity of utter fools can so strongly determine the fate of others”
“This club is for members only. But once you join, membership lasts for an eternity.”
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