Quotes from Paladin of Souls

Lois McMaster Bujold ·  470 pages

Rating: (18.4K votes)


“And the Bastard grant us... in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Poets speak of hope in ladies smiles, but give me a smirk any day, I say.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“I'm not getting it all sorted, she worried. I'm not getting it right.
You are brilliant, the Voice reassured her.
It is imperfect.
So are all things trapped in time. You are brilliant, nonetheless. How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness. Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“...a great man. But...not quite great enough.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Once, she had been her parents' daughter. Then great, unlucky Ias's wife. Her children's mother. At the last, her mother's keeper. Well, I am none of these things now. Who am I, when I am not surrounded by the walls of my life?
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls



“Arhys would have protected you from this choice, as a father would a beloved child. Arhys is wrong in this. I give you a woman's choice, here, at the last gasp. He looks to spare you pain this one night. I look to your nights for the next twenty years. There is neither right nor wrong in this, precisely. But the time to amend all choices runs out like Porifors's water.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“The Father of Winter says tells Ista,
"...For my great-souled child is very late, and lost upon his road. My calling voice cannot reach him. He cannot see the light in my window, for he is sundered from me, blind and deaf and stumbling, with none to take his hand and guide him. Yet you may touch him, in his darkness. And I may touch you, in yours. Then take you this thread to draw him through the maze, where I cannot go."

Later, Ista delivers the message,

"Your Father calls you to His Court. You need not pack; you go garbed in glory as you stand. He waits eagerly by His palace doors to welcome you, and has prepared a place at His high table by His side, in the company of the great-souled, honored, and best-beloved. In this I speak true. Bend your head.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“the gods did not desire flawless souls, but great ones. I think that very darkness is where the greatness grows from, as flowers from the soil. I am not sure, in fact, if greatness can bloom without it.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“How like a man, to change from mask to mask like a player, concealing all intention, yet leave his heart out on the table, carelessly, unregarded, for all to behold.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Her smile grew bitter as desert brine. "The gods may forgive Ista all day long. But if Ista does not forgive Ista, the gods may go hang themselves.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls



“One learns better than to hand one’s choices to fear. With age, with every wound and scar, one learns.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“It is imperfect. So are all things trapped in time. You are brilliant, nonetheless. How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness. Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“When the man arises who can make you laugh, solemn Ista, angry Ista, iron Ista, then will your heart be healed. You have not prayed for this: it’s a guerdon even the gods cannot give you. We are limited to such simples as redemption from your sins.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Welcome to my gates, Ista dy Chalion. I am the Mother of Jokona.” Her hand lifted from the girl’s head, flicked out, fingers spreading.

Within Ista, the god unfolded.

Her second sight burst anew upon Ista’s mind like a dazzling lightning stroke, brilliant beyond hope, revealing an eerie landscape. She saw it all, at one glance: the dozen demons, the swirling, crackling lines of power, the agonized souls, Joen’s dark, dense, writhing passenger. The thirteenth demon, spinning wildly through the air toward her, trailing its evil umbilicus.

Ista opened her jaws in a fierce grin, and took it in a gulp.

“Welcome to mine, Joen of Jokona,” said Ista. “I am the Mouth of Hell.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“slowing—“in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain’s peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding.” He”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls



“The gods give no gifts without hooks embedded.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Yet loyalty must run two ways, or else become betrayal in the egg.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“We are all of us, every one, our own works; we present our souls to our Patrons at the ends of our lives as an artisan presents the works of his hands.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“There is this, about being the sparring partner of the best swordsman in Caribastos. I always lost. But if ever I meet the third best swordsman in Caribastos, he’s going to be in very deep trouble.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“innocence based in ignorance was unfit to protect itself.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls



“All her old thoughts seemed as thin and ragged as a piece of knitting made and ripped out and made and ripped out again until all the threads were frayed, growing ever more worn, but never larger.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“they would make her own short body look like a dwarf dragging a curtain.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Anyone who desires to see the gods face-to-face is a great fool,”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Quite the reverse, since innocence based in ignorance was unfit to protect itself.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Kako li tek svijet zbunjuje novorođenče, koje za prizore pred svojim očima nema imena, a ni pojam o imenima. Ista je pretpostavljala da dijete počne od majčinog lica i njedara i otuda nastavlja dalje - i da nakon cijelog životnog vijeka još ima što naučiti.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls



“The sort of fellow whose funeral’s orations are all on the theme of Well, that’s a relief.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“Welcome to mine, Joen of Jokona,” said Ista. “I am the Mouth of Hell.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


“That last gallop had flayed her raw skin to shreds. “Saddle sores. Trivial hurts, for all that they are mine.” His brows rose. “What do you call severe, then?” She staggered away past the beheaded commander. “That.”
― Lois McMaster Bujold, quote from Paladin of Souls


About the author

Lois McMaster Bujold
Born place: in Columbus, Ohio, The United States
See more on GoodReads

Popular quotes

“I know that Southern redhead type,” Bruno said, poking at his apple pie.”
― Patricia Highsmith, quote from Strangers on a Train


“Just my jersey Maggie. No one else's. Ever. I don't want anyone's jersey touching you but mine. Keep this one. Wear it all the damn time you want, but don't ever put Brady's on again. My girl. My fucking jersey.”
― Abbi Glines, quote from Until Friday Night


“Do you think that Hemingway knew he was a writer at twenty years old? No, he did not. Or Fitzgerald, or Wolfe. This is a difficult concept to grasp. Hemingway didn't know he was Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man. Faulkner didn't know he was William Faulkner. But they had to take the first step. They had to call themselves writers. That is the first revolutionary act a writer has to make. It takes courage. But it's necessary”
― Pat Conroy, quote from My Losing Season: A Memoir


“I am glad that though someone did me grossly wrong my final mark on this world is not one of countering hurt with more hurt but is one of love and friendship. We will always be known by our actions. Let them always be good ones.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, quote from The Dream Hunter


“Poets claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we used to live in our youth. But these are most hazardous pilgrimages, which end as often in disappointment as in success. It is in ourselves that we should rather seek to find those fixed places, contemporaneous with different years.”
― Marcel Proust, quote from The Guermantes Way


Interesting books

Candy
(9.2K)
Candy
by Kevin Brooks
Gold Coast
(22K)
Gold Coast
by Nelson DeMille
Remember Me
(10.2K)
Remember Me
by Christopher Pike
Sandman Slim
(28.7K)
Sandman Slim
by Richard Kadrey
Seeing Redd
(16.1K)
Seeing Redd
by Frank Beddor
Fruits Basket: The Complete Collection
(2.1K)
Fruits Basket: The C...
by Natsuki Takaya

About BookQuoters

BookQuoters is a community of passionate readers who enjoy sharing the most meaningful, memorable and interesting quotes from great books. As the world communicates more and more via texts, memes and sound bytes, short but profound quotes from books have become more relevant and important. For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a philosophy by which we live. For all of us, quotes are a great way to remember a book and to carry with us the author’s best ideas.

We thoughtfully gather quotes from our favorite books, both classic and current, and choose the ones that are most thought-provoking. Each quote represents a book that is interesting, well written and has potential to enhance the reader’s life. We also accept submissions from our visitors and will select the quotes we feel are most appealing to the BookQuoters community.

Founded in 2023, BookQuoters has quickly become a large and vibrant community of people who share an affinity for books. Books are seen by some as a throwback to a previous world; conversely, gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. We feel that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but offer you some of the highlights. We hope you’ll join us.