“A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect.”
“I have been too young to know, and I have been too old to care. It’s in that oh so narrow slice between that memories are made.”
“Truth is a weapon and lies are a necessary shield.”
“The enemy of my enemy may be my friend … of course the friend of my friend is often a jerk.”
“There are some things that must be done quickly or not at all. If someone asks you if you love them you cannot hesitate. There are some paths that must be taken at speed.”
“Trust is the most insidious of poisons. Trust sidesteps all of your precautions.”
“Knowledge is a rug of a certain size, and the world is larger. It’s not what remains uncovered at the edges that should worry you, rather what is swept beneath.”
“All the world and more has rushed eternity’s length to reach this beat of your heart, screaming down the years. And if you let it, the universe, without drawing breath, will press itself through this fractured second and race to the next, on into a new eternity. Everything that is, the echoes of everything that ever was, the roots of all that will ever be, must pass through this moment that you own. Your only task is to give it pause—to make it notice.”
“They expect her to run. They know she will run. And she does. But at them.”
“IT IS IMPORTANT, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be in short supply. She”
“I was born for killing—the gods made me to ruin.”
“Thorn carried in each limb every hour of her training, every day and year bound into the muscle of her arms, written along the length of her legs, beaten into the hardness of stomach and thigh. She knew five dozen ways to kill, she knew them with a lover's intimacy, and in the execution perhaps lust also played its role—for what is lust but a hunger? And hunger must be fed.”
“Thorn stood without motion, for only when you are truly still can you be the centre. She stood without sound, for only silent can you listen. She stood without fear, for only the fearless can understand their peril.
Thorn waited. Fearless as flowers, bright, fragile, open to the sky. Brave, as only those who’ve already lost can be.”
“People always want to know things . . . until they hear them, and then it's too late. Knowledge is a rug of a certain size, and the world is larger. It's not what remains uncovered at the edges that should worry you, rather what is swept beneath.”
“Every star, turning in the black depth of heaven, burns for no better reason than that humanity raised its face to look. Every great deed needs to be witnessed. Go out there and do something great.”
“Some natural disasters were preferable to the sorts that people could wreak upon each other.”
“It’s harder to forgive someone else your own sins than those uniquely theirs. Much harder.”
“Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour; it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time’s arrow. It cannot be evaded; it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: Meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch.”
“Violence is the language of destruction, flesh so often the subject, fragile, easy to break beyond repair, precious; what else would we burn to make the world take note?”
“a book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat books with respect.”
“The road to damnation is paved with tardy steps!”
“Truth is an axe. Without judgement it’s swung in great circles, wounding everybody,”
“We’re wild things us men, and when we remember it we’re at our most dangerous.”
“THERE IS, IN the act of destruction, a beauty which we try to deny, and a joy which we cannot. Children”
“Shame can exert as much pressure as anger.”
“Anger had its place, it was a weapon not to be neglected, but so did patience, and Nona decided that control lay in deciding which to use and when. She”
“even the most sacred bonds could be broken under enough stress.”
“Her death didn’t feel real yet. Nona stood there, casting no shadow, and found she could feel nothing for her friend. Some emotions are like that, too big to be seen from within, like the ice patterns, written across empty miles, which make sense only from a great height. She slumped, staggering as weariness caught up with her. She would find that distance in time, and there would be sorrow enough to make the dead weep, and she feared it.”
“it remains for me to remind you that no matter what conditions you may face on your ranging, no matter what the trials, you are representatives of the church, ambassadors of the faith, and most of all, novices of Sweet Mercy Convent. I expect you to act accordingly. And remember. If anyone lays a hand on you . . . you have my permission to cut it off.”
“There will be boys who will tell you you're beautiful, but only a few will see you.”
“Bad things happen and then they’re over, but where do they go?”
“Nuh-uh.” Blake shook his head. “Nothing gets trapped in my brain.” No one argued.”
“Alle mennesker heter egentlig noe annet.”
“What about thermite?" Baldwin asked as they crouched behind a rock.
"Thermite?" she echoed.
"You need to watch Mythbusters. The source of all knowledge ... well, at least the sort my parents won't let me have." Baldwin grinned. "If you mix rust, aluminum oxide, and a sparkler, it makes a sort of modern Greek fire. Completely and utterly inappropriate for us - or even most adults to make or use.”
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