Quotes from Persuader

Lee Child ·  496 pages

Rating: (51.4K votes)

“I don't care about the little guy. I just hate the big guy. I hate big smug people who think they can get away with things.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“Nothing ever works like you predict it. All plans fall apart as soon as the first shot is fired.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“Ninety percent of asking questions is about listening to answers.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“Now you had one come back, Harley.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“I don’t really care about the little guy. I just hate the big guy. I hate big smug people who think they can get away with things.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“Revising objectives is smart because it stops you throwing good money after bad.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“any structure that has a ranking system tempts you to try to climb it.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. He thought JFK had said it. I thought it was actually Friedrich Nietzsche, and he said destroy, not kill. What doesn’t destroy us makes us stronger.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“I fought to stay awake and keep the car on the road. And I thought back to texts I had read from the British Army in India, during the Raj, at the height of their empire. Young subalterns trapped in junior ranks had their own mess. They would dine together in splendid dress uniforms and talk about their chances of promotion. But they had none, unless a superior officer died. Dead men's shoes was the rule. So they would raise their crystal glasses of fine French wine and toast "bloody wars and dread diseases" because a casualty further up the chain of command was their only way to get ahead. Brutal, but that's how it's always been, in the military.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“People who say "no" right away are usually lying. A truthful person is perfectly capable of saying "no" but generally they stop and think about it first. And they add "sorry" or something like that. Maybe they come out with some questions of their own. It's human nature. They say, "Sorry, no, why, what happened?”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“Being ex-military is like being a lapsed Catholic. Even though they’re way in the back of your mind, the old rituals still exert a powerful pull.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“key. I need to move up into Duke’s job. Then I’ll be top boy on Beck’s side. Then I’ll”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“OK,’ Duffy said. ‘So what have we got?’ We had rugs. The door rattled upward and daylight”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“fifty feet above the rocks. The wind”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader

“bradawl. It was just a blunt steel spike set into a handle.”
― Lee Child, quote from Persuader


About the author

Lee Child
Born place: The United Kingdom
See more on GoodReads

Popular quotes

“Life, death, preservation, loss, failure, success, poverty, riches, worthiness, unworthiness, slander, fame, hunger, thirst, cold, heat - these are the alternations of the world, the workings of fate. Day and night they change place before us, and wisdom cannot spy out their source. Therefore, they should not be enough to destroy your harmony; they should not be allowed to enter the storehouse of the spirit. If you can harmonize and delight in them, master them and never be at a loss for joy; if you can do this day and night without break and make it be spring with everything, mingling with all and creating the moment within your own mind - this is what I call being whole in power.”
― Zhuangzi, quote from Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings

“shattered for all time a complex of fundamental articles of our cultural faith: that the world was capable of repairing any damage we might do to it;”
― Daniel Quinn, quote from The Story of B: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

“Пази я вместо мен Конлан - Аларик”
― Alyssa Day, quote from Atlantis Rising

“Present a united front: YOU against the zombies.”
― Jesse Petersen, quote from Married with Zombies

“Look, wolf boy, he’s gone. He came by, borrowed money,” she snorted, “took money—it’s not like I’ll ever see it again—and headed out. Told me that the Pack was looking for him, wanting to kill him.
Even if I knew where he ran to, which I
don’t, I certainly wouldn’t tell someone out to hurt him.”
― Lauren Dane, quote from Enforcer

Interesting books

by Lisa McMann
Glass Sword
Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard
A Song of Ice and Fire
A Song of Ice and Fi...
by George R.R. Martin
by Dean Koontz
Trickster's Queen
Trickster's Queen
by Tamora Pierce
The Story of My Experiments With Truth
The Story of My Expe...
by Mahatma Gandhi

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.