“I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant.”
“Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year's time, the world would hardy remember the incident. In twenty years, it would be entirely forgotten. Yet those headless corpses up there in Muzillac; those shattered redcoats; those Frenchmen caught in the four-pounder's blast of canister -- they were as dead as if it had been a day in which history had been changed.”
“His self-respect was at its lowest ebb.”
“Harm began to come to Hornblower from that day forth, despite his obedience to orders and diligent study of his duties, and it stemmed from the arrival in the midshipmen’s berth of John Simpson as senior warrant officer.”
“July 4th, 1776,” mused Keene, reading Hornblower’s date of birth to himself.”
“I'm not so fond of people myself, Evvy, but I took my vows for a reason. There are two classes of people in the world, the destroyers and the builders. I want to build, not destroy. You need to ask yourself who you're going to be.”
“I declare! Sometimes it seems to me that every time a new piece of machinery comes into the door some of our wits fly out the window!”
“What I won’t do is let you give up … And you’re going to have to do all the fighting, sweetheart. You have to be the strong one. All I can do is hold your hand and stand beside you.”
“Who is to say that your friend's life is worth more than a Dragon's?' said One Eye, who was taking up most of the deck.
'It's worth more to me,' said Hiccup. 'Because I didn't know the Doomfang personally.”
“His two front teeth are slightly crooked, veer just a tiny bit to the right, as if they've decided perfection is overrated. His smile is like unlocking a riddle. How does an imperfection make him seem more perfect?”
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