“I love you. I love the way you rub the scar on the back of your hand when you're nervous. I love the way you make a sword into a living part of your body. I love the way you burn your eyes into me, as if you're seeing me fresh every time. I love the black streak in you that wants to kill the world, and the soft streak that is sorry afterward. I love the way you laugh, as if you're surprised that you can laugh at all. I love the way you kiss my breath away. I love the way you breathe and speak and smile. I love the way you take the air out of my lungs when you hold me. I love the way you make a dance out of death. I love the confusion I see in your eyes when you realize you are happy. I love every muscle and bone in your body, every twist and bend in your soul.”
“Have you ever been - well, i mean, have you ever - really wanted someone ? Wanted them like water in the desert - even when you knew all their faults, every single one - and it didnt matter ?”
“Paulinus, everyone knows. Say the word, and I'll run the bitch over with my chariot”
“I am Athena. Before that I was Thea, singer and slave and lover of gladiators. Before that I was Leah, daughter of Benjamin and Rachael of Masada. I am as mortal as you, you common little man. And I fear no one!”
“Lepida, has anyone ever told you that you're a cruel spiteful selfish slut?...You're vicious. You're unprincipled. You mistreat your slaves and abuse your daughter. And furthermore you're the worst, most neglectful, most criminal wife in Rome. I think we can go now.”
“What kind of moron wants to be a gladiator?”
“- what was the point of having an Emperor, if you couldn't cook up spicy rumors about him?”
“The crowd's murmuring rose to a roar, and for the first time in a week the agony of worry for my son was drowned out as his father strode out onto the sand.
“Nadie escucha la verdad cuando las mentiras son más interesantes.”
“Los dioses nos dan a los enanos unos centímetros de más aquí abajo para compensar los que nos quitan de altura.”
“Los duelos de bestias salvajes siempre abrían las festividades matutinas. Hoy, en primer lugar había un combate entre un elefante y un rinoceronte. Este último terminó sacando un ojo a su rival con el cuerno. Pensé que podría haber vivido muy feliz sin necesidad de saber cómo sonaba el grito de un elefante.”
“You get in trouble no matter what you do,” Vix said sagely, “so you might as well do everything you can.”
“Arius in his injured ankle; he drew a breath through his teeth. “Why her? Why not me?” He regarded her briefly. “Because you look like a ferret.”
“Fred Bockman is thirty and looks eighteen. Life has left no marks on him, because he hasn’t paid much attention to it.”
“You are my armor and my sword, my faith and my tresure, everything I'm fighting for.”
“Part of me wanted to confront him and demand to know what his problem was.”
“They have a saying among them: 'When whores are few, a boy will do.”
“To permit ignorance is to empower it.”
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