Judith Merkle Riley · 609 pages
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“I could feel something cold stalking my heart. It was fear. They all begin this way, I thought, with pledges of love.”
“When faced with the illogical, one must expand the sphere of logic to include rules of logic for that which is not logic. This is the only possibility in a world that works according to the rules of rationality.”
“Oaths, in my opinion, infernal or not, ought to be short.”
“After all, he meant well. Foreigners never seem to understand how little attraction an island of damp fogs, cut off from civilization, and a provincial little court has for us Parisians, who inhabit the most cultivated, powerful monarchy in the world.”
“Daughter, your presence is a stay and consolation to me. Begin again in the Tenth Book; tell me, how does Aristotle define true happiness?” “Father, he tells us that true happiness is found in contemplation, whereas the common idea of happiness as pleasant amusements is fostered by the courts of tyrants.”
“Why the Romans, Father?” I asked him one afternoon. “Because, my child, they teach us how to bear suffering in a world of injustice where all faith is dead,” he answered.”
“Are you aware of the penalties reserved for freethinkers? I could send you to the block. Good.”
“I mistrust mountebanks—especially of the female variety.”
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in”
“Is a lie really a lie if it is honestly believed?”
“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”
“I’ve learned that life twists and turns on you, that unexpected shit falls in your lap, and sometimes it’s a blessing and other times it’s your worst nightmare. Through all of that, I’ve learned that wasting time missing out on the things that really matter is just that—a waste of time.”
“So what do I get?" Reyna asked.
"You already have the cloak."
"How about this boar Matt mentioned?"
"Not yet, daughter of Freya." Hildar paused, as if thinking. "There is the chariot drawn by cats."
"Cats? Like leopards? Tigers?"
"Just cats. House cats, I believe you call them.”
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