“A cat understands how to be pleasant in the morning. He doesn't talk.”
“And if they don't believe us, I can give them the ghost eyes, you can go all big and threatening, Farmer can do his cracknob simpleton, and my lady can don her nobleness. We'll do all right.”
“Sweetheart, never listen to what my enemies say. They're very confused people. I know they are because I've spent years making them that way.”
“Just because I'm no jaw clacker doesn't mean there should be a ruction put up whenever I have sommat to say.”
“I want to marry her, when I grow up to be a man.”
“I met the oddest little fellow today, Alan of Trebond.”
“If her rump were any stiffer, she'd break it every time she rides', I thought to Pounce.
'If she fell on the steps, they would never be able to put her together again', he replied.”
“He has artistry," he repeated. "Because that's what it takes to blow things up. And cook his arm.”
“If Cape wasn't your last name, what was your real one?" I asked, deathly curious now. "Ahhhh," he complained. "Pincas Huckleburr.”
“He liked me to help him when he did things. He explained what I didn't know, warned me when to stand aside, never told me to get out of his way because he could do it faster, and thanked me for helping. There were moments when he needed me to rescue him, and he never blamed me for it, or got angry about it.”
“You get too excited over big flashes, Tunstall. Mages rely on that to make you think they have more power than you.”
“Turnstall's view of what men could and couldn't do was sometimes odd. Our old parter Goodwin and I agreed that there was no manly or unwomanly, only what you chose to do.”
“fighting emotion with logic is like bringing a calculator to a knife fight.”
“but the wine had muffled the voices, making it harder for her to read the intentions of the man sitting next to her.”
“She wondered why she, who had such difficulty talking about herself with people of flesh and blood, could blithely reveal her most intimate secrets to a bunch of completely unknown freaks on the Internet.”
“But for a society build on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress.”
“Louie found the raft offered an unlikely intellectual refuge. He had never recognized how noisy the civilized world was. Here, drifting in almost total silence, with no scents other than the singed odor of the raft, no flavors on his tongue, nothing moving but the slow porcession of shark fins, every vista empty save water and sky, his time unvaried and unbroken, his mind was freed of an encumbrance that civilization had imposed on it. In his head, he could roam anywhere, and he found that his mind was quick and clear, his imagination unfettered and supple. He could stay with a thought for hours, turning it about.”
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